During March a group of the Tuesday Stirling Street Art Centre students packed their sketch books and mini water colour kits and headed for Harvey central where they visited the Lemongrass café and art centre in Hayward Street. Built by George Gibb (uncle of May Gibb of Snuggle pot and Cuddle pie fame) in the early twentieth century, the Lemongrass Café is a relaxing place and children and family friendly. Kids will be enchanted and occupied, while Mum and Dad can enjoy a nice coffee. It’s a fascinating place to visit, with its quirkiness, including old photographs, memorabilia and multiple art works and will take you down memory lane.
Originally, from the 1920s, the shop has been home to several enterprises including a tobacconist, stationer and boot and shine merchant. Then in later years, in the 1990s it was a pet shop and a grocery store.
Kevin the owner of Lemongrass is a talented artist himself, whose work can be found throughout the café in a variety of mediums.
Unassuming and friendly, Kevin is most accommodating and welcoming to visitors, encouraging artists to do their thing.
Lemongrass Café will be relocating later in the year to another part of Harvey. While details of the new venue are not yet known, I have no doubt the new venue will continue to thrive. So watch for future updates.
On the way to Lemongrass the art group made a quick stop to Stirling Cottage at the Harvey Visitors Centre, which proved to be inspirational to the artists, with lush green and colourful gardens and water scenes as well as a great café … another ideal spot to set up the easels.
Stirling Cottage is on James Stirling Place and South west Highway