Art, studios and galleries can be found scattered across the area from the Ferry Artists Gallery to Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Hills and Hawkesbury have a vigorous and healthy creative scene.
Address: 606 Terrace Road, Freeman's Reach
Phone: 02 4579 6579
Hours: Open Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, and Weekends 11am-4pm
Driving the back roads of the Hawkesbury is such a change of scene from our weekly M4 commute. A slower pace, a serene countryside, fresh produce, wine tasting and art - life is so carefree, so mellow.
Our recommendation for a terrific day-trip is a visit to Purple Noon Gallery - purchase tea, coffee and biscuits in the Gallery garden (inside in inclement weather). Then take a leisurely viewing of the permanent collection or a new exhibition.
Once you are art-saturated, set your GPS for the very rural Ebenezer and East Kurrajong. A leisurely wine tasting at each cellar door - Tizzana Winery, Bull Ridge Estate Winery and Jubilee Estates Vineyard - makes for a delightful afternoon. Call the wineries for a more substantial tasting or a lovely lunch. Bookings are required for these additional delights!
Purple Noon Gallery is located outside of Windsor proper on Terrace Road in Freeman's Reach. The setting is delightful; the gallery building was purpose-built with sandstone walls, old timber and an unusual corrugated iron roof. The setting, the view and the gallery alone are well worth the short drive from Windsor. Among the permanent collection - Indigenous artists and emerging and established Hawkesbury artists - are rare finds. If you're a fan of the unusual and memorable, you will love the mixed artwork, sculpture and jewellery.
Address: 2 Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry
Phone: 02 4566 4385
Hours: Open Thu-Mon 10am-4pm
We love this petite gallery in Wisemans Ferry. Very talented artists living near the river exhibit their paintings, sculpture, ceraminics, textiles and exquisite jewellery Exhibitions change frequently..
Phone: 02 4567 7400, 0402 720 634
Artists and artisans move to the Hawkesbury to find peace, quiet and inspiration. In the Hawkesbury, space, light and heat are unique - the muse for much artistic endeavour. Collectively, the group hosts a studio-trail weekend twice a year allowing art lovers to meet the artists in their unique environment. This is a marvellous way to see art by regional artists and artisans who are hidden away in rural Hawkesbury.
Address: Level one, Derrubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4441
Hours: Open Weekdays 10am-4pm (closed Tue), Weekends 10am-3pm
Rural areas and country towns seldom have the resources to build a space devoted to exhibiting art, and where the community can mingle with artists. With the construction of the regional gallery in 2005, such a place now offers a changing program of exhibitions and public programs. All of its exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational.
We are always interested in the unusual programs offered for school-aged children and the intensive workshops for high school youth. The arts add such richness to the world and, without programs like those of the Gallery, our existence would be flat and without the visual joy of art.
We attempt to attend the opening night of each exhibition - lovely to see artists and art lovers gather. See Windsor p19 for more details on the Regional Gallery.