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Morpeth's Animal Archibalds Bring Wildlife to Life

Family Gathering by Stephen Jesic
Family Gathering by Stephen Jesic Source: Morpeth Gallery

June Long Weekend

Saturday 8 until Monday 10 June | 10am–5pm


Morpeth Gallery’s annual Feathers & Fur Wildlife Art Exhibition has become one of the most noteworthy events in the art calendar, often referred to as the ‘Oscars of international wildlife art.’ But here in the Hunter, we like to refer to the annual Wildlife Art show of the year as the ‘Animal Archibalds!’

Each year, this exhibition showcases a stunning selection of shortlisted artworks commended by an expert judging panel, which portray a variety of techniques and mediums.

The subjects may not be famous; however, many of the artists have won multiple awards on the international scene and will be in residence, painting at their easels across the June long weekend (8 to 10 June). Entry is free, and the exhibition will be open daily between 10am and 5pm. This year you can catch Garry Fleming, Natalie Jane Parker, Robyn Collier, Pippa Chapman, James Hough, Stephen Jesic, Maegan Oberhardt, Peter Marsack and Florence Humphreys at their easels.

Each artist will have new paintings and exclusive merchandise available. The Hunter Valley Finch Club will also be showing its fantastic collection of finches during the exhibition, with artists working alongside the finch breeders so that visitors can appreciate the pintsized birds on canvas and in person.

“Live finches are normally very difficult to see in the wild. They are small birds and fly very fast, travelling up to 14 kilometres to their feeding grounds. And when you only weigh 10 grams, you are tiny and difficult to spot,” says Gallery owner Trevor Richards.

“However, at Morpeth Gallery over the June long weekend, you can see these beautiful birds in person and in paintings.”

Playing an integral role in helping to increase awareness of endangered species, the Feathers & Fur Exhibition also utilises the power of art to celebrate wildlife, support awareness and raise funds for endangered species across Australia.

“It seems fitting that we take a step back and reflect on the sheer beauty and diversity of our natural world and what could be lost if we do not truly appreciate the value of the world around us,” says Trevor.

Amongst the artists in residence will be Australia’s finest wildlife artist, James Hough. James is the official artist for Australian Geographic and has also been awarded two gold medals for the best wildlife painting in the world. James says his close interaction while painting many endangered species has helped further open his eyes to the importance of the conservation effort needed for the future.

Also exhibiting is Stephen Jesic, who has won the best wildlife painting in the world five out of the last eight years, and Natalie Jane Parker, whose artworks appear on plates, mugs, trays, tea towels, and jigsaw puzzles sold around the world.

Morpeth Gallery is located at 5 Green St, Morpeth. Exhibition paintings are for sale from 10 am Thursday, June 6th, at the gallery or online at



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