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Our first focus is on:
Our very first DHH Art | History Walking Tours
(or how you can have too much fun in HH!)
Since the 1950’s, local and international artists have been drawn to the Hunters Hill Council Art Exhibition, now held in May, of each year. With the main exhibition showing in 3 locations; the Congregational Church, The Town Hall and Vienna Cottage, this year saw an amazing 18 PopUp galleries, scattered throughout our suburb.
On our way to visiting 12 of the 18 HHAE popups. Thanks Eurocycles for coming on our tour and getting some extra cool pics!
A fabulous opportunity for Discover Hunters Hill to create two walking tours to introduce people our wonderful local businesses, whilst indulging the love of art and history.
Local historian, Graham Percival loves Mary Reibey. Mary was an early Hunters Hill entrepreneur, owner of Figtree House and has even ended up on our $20 note!
It was a chance to create a fun community event, showcasing local business through art and history and that’s exactly what Discover Hunters Hill is all about, Alison Voulgaris Coordinator of Discover Hunters Hill says.
On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May, we took off on our first Art History Walking Tours, from the Hunters Hill Town Hall to the Garibaldi building on Saturday, and from the Town Hall to Mapledoram’s Corner on Sunday.
Lesley of Hair Strand, DHH coordinator Alison, artist Kevan Rush and one of our gorgeous walkers
We created our tours to showcase the artwork and the local businesses supporting the exhibition. DHH committee member Elizabeth Krassoi being the brainchild behind this wonderful idea. Discover Hunters Hill is passionate about enhancing the relationship between residents, visitors and local businesses, Alison says. The Art History Walking Tours were another way to indulge people’s interest in art and to showcase the diverse range of businesses servicing the Hunters Hill community.
On Saturday, the walking tour began at the Hunters Hill Club on Madeline Street and meandered through the charming streets of the peninsula. The final stop was Ottimos on Alexandra Street, where refreshments awaited. As part of the tour package, Ottimos put together a beautiful, generous Ottimo’s Art History Lunch‚ including wine and coffee, at the superduper price of only $22 per head.
Ottimos for a fabulous meal, wine and coffee‚Thanks John & team!
Sunday’s walking tour started at the Hunters Hill Town Hall and visited businesses along Gladesville Road. As with Saturday’s sojourn, the tour ended conveniently at Stain Cafe where refreshments were served. Once again, our walkers had the option to stay on for lunch with a generous 20% off Stain’s menu prices. A delicious conclusion with new friends, to our walking tour.
The tour didn’t end at midday for most of the walkers who kicked on for lunch with new friends, enjoying discounted prices at these two exceptional local eateries.
It was so much fun‚ Alison Voulgaris of DHH says meeting lovely people, excited about art & history, showcasing our beautiful suburb. Best of all, we had the chance to view fabulous art, while strolling lovely streets, listening to a little historical chat.
The Discover Hunters Hill Art History Walking Tours cost $15 per person which included commentary by local historians and refreshments. Our walking tours were so much fun that we plan to take them every year, to coincide with the wonderful, annual Hunters Hill Art Exhibition.
On display in the Town Hall, “Gaia” was definitely one of our faves.
If you or your business would like to be a part of DHH’s Art History Walking Tours, email Alison [email protected]
Lastly, a big THANKYOU to all our amazing businesses on our tour hit-list, you not only showcased art for the exhibition, but looked after our walkers with small gifts, laughter and smiles. Here are both of our Art History Walking Tour itineraries;
Saturday 14th May – 10am till midday – Town Hall to Ottimos
Led by Dean Letcher & Graham Percival, Co-ordinator Alison Voulgaris
Art by Kristine Ballard & Lana Wilding
Art by Elizabeth Langreighter
Art by Robyn Ross & Gabby Malpas
Art by Joanna Gambotto & Panchali Sheth
Mc Graths / Nora Heyson Bust
Art Shazia Imran
Art by Yulia Pustoshkina
Sunday 15th May – 10am till midday – Town Hall to Stain
Led by Phil Jenkyn & Graham Percival, Co-ordinator Alison Voulgaris
Art by Louise Beck & Peter Shroud
Art by Oscar Finch
Art by Kevin Rush
Art by Edgar Schilter, John Fitzmaurice, Pauline Zuffery & Danni Harnet
Art by Peter Waples
Art by Kerry Candarakis