Lewers Gallery

At the foot of the Blue Mountains, Lewers Gallery also known as Penrith Regional Gallery is one of my favourite places to visit. There is so much to love. First of all, the regular exhibitions are FREE. There are three main exhibition spaces and a small gift shop.

Secondly, there is a gorgeous garden to explore: a variety of trees, exotic plants, all kinds of flowers, a mini bamboo forest, a veggie patch and an old water tower. Also throughout the garden are a number of sculptures. Look out for birds too. They love the garden!

Thirdly: the heritage house! I love historic architecture and this little house is dreamy. Everything has been beautifully restored and maintained: stunning floor to ceiling windows, original fireplaces and floorboards, plenty of vintage details, ornate chimney stacks and a wrap around verandah.

Fourthly, Lewers Café is a winner. Art and food are a magic combination and Lewers Café offers a delicious menu and friendly service. The café overlooks the garden and there are outdoor as well as under cover options for seating.

To top everything off, Lewers Gallery takes art education seriously and offers a range of engaging workshops for students of all ages as well as professional development opportunities for art educators. Check these out on the website: https://www.penrithregionalgallery.com.au/whats-on/

The house and studio spaces at 86 River Road, Emu Plains were bought by artists Gerald and Margo Lewers in the 1940s and a number of their art works can still be seen around the property. The Lewers were leaders in the Australian modernist art movement and their home became a hub for other artists during that time.

In 1979 the historic house, garden and art works were generously donated by the Lewers family to become a regional gallery. From 7 September to 17 November 2019 there will be a special exhibition at the Lewers Gallery to celebrate 40 years since that generous donation was made. The exhibition is aptly named ‘Gifting’.

Can’t wait to see it!

Eco Mountain and Sustain Cafe

If you are ever in Lawson treat yourself to the Eco Mountain and Sustain Cafe experience! In this lovingly restored heritage home, the store and cafe combo is cosy and welcoming. Much thought has gone into every aspect of this local business that celebrates community and promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle. I love the range of innovative products and helpful books on sustainable living.

For lunch I sat in the peaceful front room and ordered a super satisfying homemade split pea soup (paired with crusty bread from Black Cockatoo Bakery http://blackcockatoobakery.com.au/). Then I had two Mexican decaf coffees. The first one was so good I couldn’t resist a second! Sustain Cafe is a winner!

Eco Mountain has a number of rooms and spaces to walk through, sit in and enjoy. At the back of the house is a playroom for kids and down in the garden is a cubby house and outdoor furniture. It is all very relaxing and just like home.

Eco Mountain is easy to find and there is plenty of parking nearby. The address is 3 Badgery Crest, Lawson. Find out more about Eco Mountain via instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eco_mountain/ and their website: http://www.ecomountain.com.au