Not only are the Blue Mountains a mecca for those wanting to enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery, but it is an absolute delight for artists and those with a love for art. There are not many places that will inspire you like the Blue Mountains.
Valleys filled with that distinctive blue haze and a unique light only found in the Blue Mountains. It is a place that challenges, and inspires, the most experienced and accomplished artists.
The mountain villages are dotted with lovely galleries, and it is a beautiful day out exploring as many as you can while indulging in the other delights the Blue Mountains has to offer.
Visit a couple of galleries, or like me, three, four or even five, in a day. Or better yet make a weekend of it and see more. Here are my recommendations on what to see.
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Day Fine Art, Blackheath
Located in the village of Blackheath the Day Fine Art Gallery is a small, but beautiful gallery to visit.
I had a pleasant visit to this gallery on Govetts Leap Road where I saw the current exhibition by Rowen Matthews.
The gallery is situated on a corner with plenty of natural light, so the viewing of works was enjoyable. The paintings by this artist are quite interesting painted in thick paint with lots of luscious texture. A good loose style best viewed from a distance, when these paintings really come to life.
The gallery exhibits contemporary works as well as a good selection of Australian art from the 1800’s to present day.
For more information and upcoming exhibitions visit www.dayfineart.com
Day Fine Art is located at 27-29 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.
Opening Hours: Friday: 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm, Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
This artist owned and run gallery is definitely worth a visit with a good variety and style of paintings.
Gallery Blackheath is located at 44 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.
Opening Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
For more information and upcoming exhibitions visit www.galleryblackheath.com
John Wilson Gallery, Katoomba
John Wilson is one of Australia’s leading landscape artists and teachers and his gallery is a must see when visiting Katoomba.
John’s skill in painting the Australian bush and particularly areas of the Blue Mountains is nothing short of breathtaking.
He is truly the master of light and colour mixing. I would definitely like to attend one of his workshops in the future.
The gallery has quite a serene feel and with the paintings beautifully framed and hung it is a delight to see.
You can visit www.johnwilsongallery.com to see more about artist John Wilson and his work.
The John Wilson Fine Art Gallery is located at 46 Narrowneck Road, Katoomba.
Opening Hours: 10 am – 4.30 pm
Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba
The Lost Bear Gallery represent many great Australian artists such as David Beschi, Herman Pekel, and Warwick Fuller just to name a few.
I always enjoy visiting this light filled gallery. The current exhibition by David Beschi was delightful with watercolours painted in the loose, wet in wet style showing the artist’s skill in mastering the medium.
Beautiful soft colours and connecting shapes with just enough realism to draw the viewer in – subject- people and places.
For more information and upcoming exhibitions visit www.lostbeargallery.com.au
The Lost Bear Gallery is located at 98 Lurline Street, Katoomba.
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm
One of the newest galleries in the mountains opening about a year ago, this gallery represents mostly Australian artists.
On my visit, I saw some amazing Indigenous art in the exhibition room and a good selection of landscape, seascape and still life from representational to contemporary works.
Gallery owners and curators, Victor and Sharon Peralter, are artists themselves and have a good understanding of the art business, curating, selling and promoting artists.
I am pleased to be represented by this gallery.
For more information and upcoming exhibitions visit www.galleryone88finearts.com
Gallery One88 is located at 186-188 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
The Falls Gallery
Located at Wentworth Falls, this gallery would have to be my favourite in the Blue Mountains. I have visited quite a few times over the years.
The paintings by Garry Shead, Anne Smith, Bernard Ollis and Wendy Sharpe are amazing to see with ceramics by Ian Smith also on display.
I particularly like the works of Bernard Ollis with their sense of fun and quirky lines.
Wendy Sharpe paints big bold portraits depicting burlesque and many other works painted while travelling to Europe with Bernard Ollis. The city views from Paris balconies, rooftops and sketches are wonderful. The use of colour is rich and engaging.
Resident artist Anne Smith is another artist who I have followed, and I love her paintings and etchings of mystical subjects. The detail of her work is beautiful.
The gallery itself is definitely worth visiting. It is set on a large block of land with stunning gardens and trees.
The visitor is invited to wander around the garden which has some lovely buildings with the studio at the rear and potter’s shed. Interesting sculptures are dotted around the garden, and free tea and coffee are available on the veranda of this beautiful old building.
For more information and upcoming exhibitions visit www.fallsgallery.com.au.
The Falls Gallery is located at 161 Falls Road, Wentworth Falls. Entry is $2.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge
A trip to the Blue Mountains galleries wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the fabulous Norman Lindsay Gallery. I have visited this great gallery several times, and I am always inspired by Norman’s skill in drawing and painting figures.
I love the mythical poses and the way he composed his subjects. I can look at each of the paintings for ages as there is so much detail in the faces.
The thing that always strikes me about his watercolour paintings is his colour palette and how the colours are still vibrant after so many years, and also the light achieved in his work is truly amazing.
It was great to have the chance to paint in the gardens of his home on a tour organised by Cindy Reid from Travel Charm. The place certainly has a good feel about it, and I can see why Norman Lindsay loved living and working there.
For more information visit www.normanlindsay.com.au
The Norman Lindsay Gallery is located at 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge. Entry is $15.
Opening Hours: Daily from 10 am – 4 pm, including Public Holidays (closed Christmas Day).
Have you been to the Blue Mountains? I would love to hear what your favourite galleries are? Tell us in the comments below and I will be sure to visit next time I am in the mountains.