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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Travel : Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

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Picked up some friends yesterday and the five of us went to Penrith for the day - first stop was the mid week markets at the Paceway, it's not an arty crafty type of market, it's fruit & veg, cheap clothes, bags, plants and lots of dust collectors for the house.
One of our favourite stops there is Henny's paper - Henny sells all kinds of luscious papers and card, pens and all kinds of scrapbooking supplies - I don't do scrapbooking but like browsing all the products, so I bought some nice embossed cardboard from her but was very restrained with the rest of the market.

Then we had lunch at Panthers and off to the combined Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest Gallery where they are showing Operation Art - a collection of work from NSW school students, 50 of these works will be selected to become part of the permanent art collection of The Children's Hospital at Westmead, these will also be exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW in December and tour regional art galleries across NSW the following year.

Other selections will become part of Operation ArtBank, some will be presented to the children's ward of a country hospital and others will be on display at various other sites.

Still more will be chosen for GlobalArt and will hang in children's hospitals overseas.

One of the friends with us yesterday has a grand daughter with art in the exhibition.

This was taken inside the Penrith Regional Gallery section of the building, isn't it a great space!

Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

It was interesting reading the childrens' comments on their thought process for their paintings, saw a lot of teachers influence in some of the 'art speak', but then a piece of direct innocence like the 8 year old who painted Sydney Harbour, he said "I like fishing, last week I caught a snapper and an octopus"

The Lewers Bequest Gallery was established on the site of the former home of sculptor Gerald Lewers and painter Margo Lewers, the Regional Gallery was added in 1981 with a large purpose-built exhibition space. It's presently undergoing a lot of building alterations to extend the newer gallery areas, but the old historic house will remain the same.

The history of the house and the Lewers family is here

This is the entry area to the old building which houses the Lewers Bequest Gallery section:

Lewers Bequest Gallery and Penrith Regional Gallery, NSW

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

More of the exhibition inside the house:

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

Looking through the front door into the garden, where the gardener was getting ready for spring - lots of winter flowers were blooming

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

This boab tree was in the grounds, I wonder how old it would be, compared to these it looks like it has a way to go yet.

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

Lots of bird baths around the garden, this one sculpted by Gerald Lewers

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

A rather strange thing to have in a public building space was the thriving vegetable garden, but I'm guessing it was probably there when the Lewers family lived here, and the grounds are being kept authentic to the era.

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

and this next? how to disguise your water tank so no-one will notice!

Lewers Bequest Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW

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