A feast for all the senses held on the last Sunday of each month
The Art of Lunch is a showcase for the extraordinary talents of our local Blue Mountains artists, musicians and chefs.
Join us for a delicious three-course themed lunch, while you meet a new artist who will introduce their works displayed within our dining room. Then, relax and enjoy a unique 30min musical performance by our featured musician.
Each month we feature a different artist, a new musical act and a new menu.
Artworks are available to purchase and remain on display for the month.
Shane Smithers and Uncle Peter
Sunday May 26 at 1pm
This month’s theme is ’Big Dreaming’, and our featured artist is Shane Smithers, a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. Music will be provided by song man, dancer and didgeridoo player Uncle Peter Williams.
Enjoy a three-course menu featuring uniquely Australian Bush Flavours created by the Avalon culinary team.
Rachel Hannan and John Stuart
Sunday June 30 at 1pm
This month’s theme is ‘Dancing Light’ and our featured artist is Rachel Hannan. Rachel’s paintings are vibrant and spontaneous, capturing the intensity of light and shadow in mountain clefts and plateaus. The strong brushwork brings alive the atmospherics of sky and wind, scarred faces of rock surfaces and the movement of trees.
Rachel is also a vocalist and will be joined by John Stuart on guitar for a musical performance.
Enjoy a three-course menu created by the Avalon culinary team.
Peter Shoemark and Jason Thornton
Sunday July 28 at 12pm
July’s setting is New Orleans ‘Music Hall’, crowded, buzzing and vibrant. Our music act is Jason Thornton duo who will transport us to Frenchman’s Street, famous for players from jazz to blues to reggae.
Our featured artist is Peter Shoemark who has a remarkable talent for transforming scrap into sculpture that is full of humour.
The Avalon team will create a rich and spicy Cajun inspired menu, a perfect complement to this eclectic set.
Anna di Mezza, Miriam Liebman and Kate Adams
Sunday August 25 at 12pm
'Hollywood Surreal’ is the theme for August. Featured artist Anna di Mezza draws on the rich, idealised imagery found in vintage magazines and films, imagining Hollywood-style actors in surreal chance encounters.
Add spell-binding music by Miriam Liebman playing kora and guitar and Kate Adams on cello add to the atmospherics. Maybe you can try a slice of American Pie.
Gerlinde Thomas and Maizy Coombes
Sunday September 29 at 12pm
If you’re a Gatsby fan you’ll love September’s theme, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’, with Gerlinde’s exquisite artworks of languorous ladies and Maizy Coombes soulful violin.
The Avalon culinary team will go wild with food made of wine and roses.
Jo Langley and Paddy Connor
Sunday October 27 at 12pm
This month’s theme is ’Nouveau Retro’, and our featured artist is Jo Langley, who takes her inspiration from the diversity of Blue Mountains environments. Intersections of art and environment, nature and culture, are at play in her digital montages that capture the essence of the world around us.
Music will be provided by Paddy Connor on banjo who lovingly pulls apart the cogs and wheels of Irish, Bluegrass and Folk Music before bolting it all back together into an earthy, modern sound.