Without giving away too much ‘insider information’ on the who’s who of the Highlands (yes, I have some local know how now!), I can tell you there are a few big names in the Australian art world who call this region home. Generally speaking, the Southern Highlands has quite an established and impressive art scene with notable galleries and exhibitions in Mittagong, Bowral and Berrima.
If we can be frank – and I think we can – I really do not know that much about art at all. But I like the idea of knowing a lot about art! I would say, with some embarrassment, that I err on the ‘craft’ side of the art spectrum. You know, homemade cards, recycled wrapping paper, putting decorative things in jars and tying them with string etc. Which is maybe why The Artist’s Deli in Bowral makes an exhibition space with real grown up art so appealing to a crafty person like myself.
Beyond the artworks on display themselves, this little business offers an outstanding selection of beautiful big sheets of recycled textured saa (mulberry) paper from Thailand and Bali. There are also some general art supplies – brushes, paints, charcoals, oils, pencils – and some general quirky handmade giftware. My personal favourite is the range of Uashmama washable paper lunchboxes, handbags and satchels.
The Artist’s Deli is a fun place to visit and I think a good indication of the kind of creativity and ingenuity that seems to thrive in this part of New South Wales. Pop in for a look on your way to breakfast at the Milk Factory Gallery Cafe next door, or alternatively on your way to Rivers if you’re that way inclined..!
Where: 6-7/31 Station Street, Bowral
When: Closed Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday – Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday + Monday 11am – 3pm.