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Australian wildlife artist extraordinaire Stephen Jesic has won First Place in the 2016 12th International ARC (Art Renewal Centre) Salon Competition in the animal category for his stunning painting ‘Jewel of the Amazon’.

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Sold earlier this year at Morpeth Gallery, Stephen’s ‘Jewel of the Amazon’ painting was one of 3,196 entries in the competition, which represented 63 countries and 1300 artists. The Animal Category alone represents 106 entries out of the 282 works entered into this category.

“This category includes all animal art; any paintings, sculptures or drawings where an animal or animals are the central focus of the work. Animal art is an important way for the general public to stop and appreciate animal life in a way that they may not do in their everyday lives. It draws attention to the importance of animal rights and it draws interest to the other living creatures that share or have shared our world in both reality and myth, demonstrating that animals are every bit as worthy of being subjects of fine art,“ ARC.

To make this great news even better, Stephen has also been selected as a winning artist in the Arcadia Contemporary Award. Arcadia Contemporary in coordination with the ARC, choose the selected artists who will also have the opportunity to have an exhibition and sale of a new series of their work in 2017, or early 2018.


Stephen’s works are represented in Morpeth Gallery, and all the way to New York. He is internationally acclaimed, having won numerous awards such as the 2014 International Artist Magazine’s Grand Prize Winner for Challenge #83 Wildlife for his painting ‘Tender Tips’, he has been featured in many Australian Artist Magazines, and been commissioned for work with the likes of Matisse and Australia Post.

The Newcastle Herald article can be found here

More info on the ARC Salon Competition

More info on Stephen Jesic and his work

Trevor Richards
Morpeth Gallery
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29th & 30th October and 5th & 6th November 2016 at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm,
5 Green Street, Morpeth: admission free.

The Small Works Art Exhibition at Morpeth Gallery is on each day from Thursday 27th October until Sunday 30th October, and again each day from Thursday 3rd November until Sunday 6th November.  In addition artists James Hough, Heidi Willis and John Bradley will be in the gallery to meet and greet you as well you can see them painting in the gallery over both days of the weekend 29th and 30th October.

Wildlife Artist Natalie Jane Parker will be in residence over the second week of the Small Works Art Exhibition, she will be painting in the gallery each day for four days from Thursday 3rd November until Sunday 6th November, showing her prowess with art brushes and acrylic paint.  It is nothing short of stunning as you watch one of her works come to life in front of your eyes.

This show is a display of small original oils, acrylics and watercolours by award winning and internationally renowned Australian artists. Works will be priced at $1,000 and under. Despite being diminutive in size, they are big in character and will only increase in value over time.

Whether you see yourself looking over rolling hills and rippling streams, or a tall ship fleeing over rolling waves or enjoy an intricate vase of delicate roses or even a colourful rosella nestled in a tree, you are sure to find something which catches your eye.

Landscape artist John Bradley, wildlife artist James Hough, and botanical artist Heidi Willis to name a few, have been creating some stunning originals to fit into the $1,000 and under price range and you have the added bonus of talking to each of them at the gallery whilst they are painting, remember they are only there during the first weekend of the exhibition, 29th & 30th October.

To see more and keep up to date with the latest news and exhibitions at Morpeth Gallery, head to our website: www.morpethgallery.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


3rd – 6th November 2016 at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm,
5 Green Street, Morpeth: admission free.

Hunter Valley based wildlife artist Natalie Jane Parker will be launching her latest children’s reference book Australia’s Endangered Animals at Morpeth Gallery 3rd – 6th November 2016 alongside a selection of her original paintings. Natalie will also be signing copies of her new book and painting throughout her exhibition.

Natalie has been a very successful author/illustrator of more than 23 children’s picture books since 2002 with many published and translated internationally. Natalie’s books centre on Australian animals in Australian bush settings.

Australia’s Endangered Animals features Natalie’s stunning paintings of some of Australia’s most endangered species with informative facts and figures by Luisa Adam.


“This beautiful book introduces some of Australia’s endangered animals. It aims to increase awareness of their and other animals’ plight and in turn help create greater respect and care for their habitats and environment. There is a natural, delicate balance that is disrupted when problems such as habitat destruction, disease and introduced predators push an increasing number of animals towards extinction. Disruption to this balance eventually threatens all forms of life, including human life.”

Natalie is spoilt for inspiration, residing on 50 acres in the Hunter Valley surrounded by beautiful Australian wildlife and the demand for her work continues to increase exponentially year after year.

Natalie’s primary medium is acrylic giving her the freedom to create intricate details like a water droplet on a leaf or the fine fur of the Tasmanian devil. Her original paintings are hugely popular and publishers commission her work for giftware, calendars, greeting cards, open and limited edition prints and, of course, children’s books.


Get those creative juices flowing once again because the Morpeth Tea Cosey challenge will be back 17th – 27th August next year alongside the Weird and Wonderful Morpeth Tea Party!

Anyone can enter a tea cosey as many times as they like with creations made from any material. Tea cosies must be made by the contestant.

The categories are:
1. In The Kitchen
2. Carnival Time
3. Steampunk
4. The Garden Shed
5. Floral Splenda
6. We’re all going to the zoo tomorrow
7. Treasured Memories (make a cosey OR enter your favourite antique or vintage cosey, which does not have to be made by the contestant)

The Prizes:
Donated by Campbell’s Store Craft Centre (Shop 12 & shop 4) and Morpeth Gallery, can be used for personal shopping or mail orders.
$500 Gift Voucher for “Tea Cosy of the Year”
$100 Gift Voucher for Category Winners
(The “2017 Tea Cosy of the Year” will not be eligible for a Category first prize)

Tea cosey entries can be entered from now until 23rd July 2017.



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