One of my favourite local destinations, and a gorgeous country drive, Jayes Art Gallery and Cafe in Molong is a real treat. Local artisan jewellery and pottery and boutique items are available in the gift store as you enter, and the art gallery at the back of the store is always featuring exhibitions from local and Australian artists. The real secret to this place is the outdoor sculpture garden and the cafe next door.
This month’s exhibition, opening Friday 31 January, is focused on quintessential Australian artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969). The exhibition features originals and etchings by Norman Lindsay, in conjunction with Canberra’s Aarwan Gallery – with all of the works available for sale (that’s just a little bit wow).
The Norman Lindsay exhibition is running from 31 January to 2 March. Take the drive out to Molong to see it, have a coffee while you’re there, and then drop into The Agrestic Grocer on your way back into Orange. That’s pretty much what I do.
Local artists represented by Jayes Gallery include the award-winning Joy Engelman, Michael Carroll, Aida Pottinger, Tim Winters, Eris Fleming, Julie Williams, Jaq Davies, Catherine Hale and Josephine Jagger-Manners.
You can also find out more about Molong here, personally I am waiting with anticipation for Belgravia Wines to open their new cellar door at the old Molong railway station – hurry up guys :0) Follow them on Facebook for updates.