New art space opens in Little Hartley

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This winter Jane Canfield was invited to paint around the property of an historic Inn at the base of the Blue Mountains, Ambermere Rose Inn at Little Hartley.

Situated on 6 acres at the western foothills of the Blue Mountains overlooking Mt York, Ambermere Rose Inn is one of the regions most iconic buildings with a rich & colourful history.  “I am very privileged to be the first to exhibit a collection of paintings in their new exhibition space and store.”

“I constantly strive for reduction and simplification in my work, not reproducing exactly what I see, but my version of it, but I do need to have ‘seen’ it to be inspired. These days I am layering my work more and rubbing back, using a reduced colour palette and tonalism.”

Originally built & licensed as The Rose Inn in 1845 by Joseph Collits (son of Pierce Collits – first innkeeper over the Blue Mountains) who held the license from 1845 – 1848 followed by James Sherringham, Thomas Markwell & Edward Field until 1873 when the property was purchased by T.H.Neale the Hartley police magistrate.  In the 1860s the Inn held the valuable coaching contract with Cobb & Co whose coaches ran from Sydney to Bathurst twice a week. It was a successful Inn for 28yrs (1845 – 1873) & held high social significance as well as catering for the traveller. In the 1920s it was transformed into a guest-house run by Miss Mawbey & was the beginning of the renaming that we know today as Ambermere.

“I too live in an historic property, a small version of Ambermere, The Junction Inn, Lidsdale, so I am very drawn to the ambience, history and peace that these properties have in abundance.”

Purchased in the late 1990s and re-opened to the public in 2010 by current innkeeper Fiona Richardson, Ambermere Rose Inn has recently undergone a sympathetic restoration to reflect its grass roots.

They now have a new exhibition space! The collection opens Friday 4th of September.

Image: Evening Light, Pipers Flat, Mixed media on board.
“I painted this work based around a 1920’s farm at Pipers Flat NSW. I’ve always been drawn to architecture and buildings in general and the shapes they create.”

Ambermere Rose Inn has a public bar and bistro and pantry store.
5 Ambermere Dr, Little Hartley NSW 2790.

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