Margo Lewers birthday celebrations

HISTORY: Arthur Dallimore and his wife, Shirley, look on at Margo Lewers' artworks on display at the Margo Lewers estate in 1979. Picture: Barton, SMH archives.
HISTORY: Arthur Dallimore and his wife, Shirley, look on at Margo Lewers' artworks on display at the Margo Lewers estate in 1979. Picture: Barton, SMH archives.

This year the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest are celebrating the birth, life and art of artist Margo Lewers.

The birthday garden party will kick off at 1pm on Sunday at her home in Emu Plains – which is now the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

Back in the 50s and 60s, the home of Lewers was the place to be. Famous for her soirees, Lewers’ friends gathered at 86 River Road for long nights and weekends of joyful play and banter.

She worked in a variety of mediums including painting, textiles, sculpture and mosaic and won recognition as a leading post-war abstract expressionist. Her early compositions explored colour and formal geometric abstraction and it became more fluid and expressionistic by the early 1960s.

The gallery holds evidence of her works, including the beautiful cabinets she designed, the mosaic floors she laid, the paintings on various surfaces around the building, and many works kept in the gallery collection and rotated in the Ancher House exhibition space.

Lewers lived and worked at Emu Plains until she died in 1978. Her vision to create a centre of excellence for the presentation and appreciation of art for the community was achieved and will be further celebrated when the gallery presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of Lewers and her husband Gerald, in spring.

  • 1pm, April 23 at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 86 River Rd, Emu Plains.