Hazelhurst Arts Center hosts an evening of art, music and great food | County Chief of St George and Sutherland


Bring the balmy (and hopefully dry) summer evenings, because the Hazelhurst Arts Center will be the place to be on December 10.

The center will host its popular Hazelhurst At Night event, which celebrates the opening of the Archibald Prize 2021 exhibition.

The three-hour event features free art, music, arts activities, and food and drink at Cafe Hazelhurst (reservations inside through website).

There will be something for everyone, and it’s the perfect Friday after-work for a moment of relaxation under the stars.

Visitors can watch a live portrait demonstration by accomplished portrait painter and former Archibald Prize contestant, artist Jiawei Shen.

He will portray radio personality Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones from the WSFM breakfast radio show Jonesy and Amanda in the Morning.

Born in China, the artist has gained a reputation as China’s most famous portrait painter.

Based in Bundeena, he painted commissions from Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and created works for the Vatican and Parliament.

Jazz trio Abel Cross, Ross Issac and Daniel Kennedy will also perform in the evening. Cross is a bassist from Sydney who previously performed at the Jazz Sunday sessions in Hazelhurst Gardens in 2020 and is returning to play with Issac on guitar and Kennedy on drums.

If you want to grab a brush and do a few master strokes, the studio is the place to be. Guests can enjoy free art creation for all age groups with three fun portrait-themed workshops led by Hazelhurst Artist Teachers.

Create a surreal collage portrait with Louisa Chircop, a groovy figure at the disco cameo workshop with Anney Bounpraseuth, and decorative props with Natalya Shinn that can be used while visiting the photo booth to commemorate the evening.

Also on display will be the new Art Rules exhibit, Hazelhurst’s annual showcase of outstanding work by visual arts students at HSC St George and Sutherland Shire.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 782 Kingsway, Gymea.

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