The Blue Mountains has long been a renowned centre of artistic activity, which Lost Bear Gallery is proud to enhance with its representation of contemporary artists. With an exciting collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and hand blown glass from a diverse mix of artists, all of whom are established, but at different stages of their respective careers, Lost Bear Gallery is a leading destination for art in the Blue Mountains.
The Lost Bear Gallery, formerly known as Katoomba Fine Art, opened in 2001 and is located on Lurline Street in Katoomba. A larger-than-life polar bear, created from steel and recycled plastic by Ian Swift, stands proudly out the front of this grand mountains dwelling, which once served as a convalescing home and guesthouse. Following extensive renovations by the building's owner and director of Lost Bear Gallery, Geoff White, it has evolved into one of the Blue Mountain's major attractions for art lovers and visitors alike.
The gallery itself contains 12 separate exhibiting spaces, with a large central space that plays host to regularly changing feature exhibitions.
April 2010 saw the opening of a new boutique space, located in the historic Leura Post Office building. Re-opening in December 2012 as Lost Bear Gallery Shop, it complements the Katoomba gallery space with a range of fine art prints, cards and other multiples, as well as small sculptures, ceramics and glass works, from a selection of artists.
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Christine Wing Kristensen