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Published July 4th 2017
Open your mind to the limitless creativity through art
The Oxford Hotel in North Adelaide has always been an art-friendly venue, where local artists from Adelaide and South Australia are given the opportunity to showcase their talented works within this beautifully aged heritage building. Co-owner and creative enthusiast, Anastasia Murray has long been known to provide a strong and high level of support to our local arts community, as has been evident in the past.
A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated the artwork of the Oxford Hotel's newest art curator / resident Dave Court, who has created art that is easily accessible and aesthetically pleasing to patrons of the Hotel. Working together alongside Henry Stentiford, Harriet McKay and Haris Koutlakis, guests were treated to a social evening of food, cocktails, and art auctions, where all three pieces were sold at decent prices, ranging from ~$50 - $250.
Decorating the top floor of the Hotel, Court's beautiful and captivating artwork has been displayed in two very distinct forms.
One room showcases his contemporary and experimental styles on canvas. Attention-grabbing components of animal sketches, coupled with abstract designs have been beautifully displayed to bring (several) pops of colour to their white-walled room.
The other room is a joint collaboration between Court and Henry Jock Walker, whose works appear to have had a beautiful art explosion, with paint splotches craftily spread across the walls and the ceiling and are adorned with blank canvasses that are cleverly within the paint. There is no such thing as "boundaries", which is exactly how Court decided to present his work in a way that best represents "creative freedom".
For drinks, we tried 3 beautiful selections of cocktails.
An eloquent take on the classic bubbly, the Fig Bellini presented with a sweet caramelised taste, thanks to the Esprit De Figues. Topped with fresh blueberries, this refreshing drink is one to give you that starter buzz.
The Lemon Fizz was another pleaser that brought together the tastes of limoncello, sparkling wine, fresh raspberries and basil. Whether it's bitterly cold or a beautiful sunny winter day, this drink is a great choice to warm up the soul.
The ultimate favourite of the night (and being a Gin lover, it's no surprise!) was the Bees Knees. Packed with the essence of Gin, lemon juice and honey, this drink was one that was being ordered on repeat throughout the night.
Guests who visit the Oxford Hotel to view these artistic masterpieces can also take advantage of the fresh and newly released winter menu, which has been prepared by Head Chef Symon Conway-Lydon.
Symon's vision for the new dishes was "to embrace both local and international food trends, whilst using fresh home grown produce". Introducing dishes that bring together a balance of healthy and flavoursome, the winter menu boasts of boldness and excitement, in addition to being the answer as the perfect winter warmers for Adelaidians.
For food, we tried the crunchy chicken burger, which was just that - crunchy! Served with avocado, tomato, lettuce, and sweet chilli sauce, this can be a wholesome meal for those who are looking for a mess-free and filling option.
No meal is complete without dessert and the cheesecake with blueberry was a brilliant dish to end the night with. No shame in reporting that we went for multiple serves of this sampler, given its smooth and silky texture, in addition to being topped with juicy blueberries that added a flavour of freshness and subtle but enjoyable sweetness.
Art is not something that can be explained, but it can be experienced! So, make sure you check out the beautiful work of Dave Court and other local SA-based artists, who have put in the effort to bring the Oxford Hotel to artistic life through their creative imagination! While you're at it, take advantage of the beautiful winter menu that is a shoe-in to provide you with a cozy and warm atmosphere (and shield you from the bitterly cold weather outside)!
Special thanks to The Oxford Hotel for their hospitality and to Girl About Town for the invite to this event.