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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR 2017 TEA COSEY ENTRY FORM

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Grounds of Closebourne House
365 Morpeth Road, Morpeth NSW, 2321

Rev your engines, fill those tanks and polish those rims for a fantastic day of motor vehicles in all shapes, sizes and colours! The Rotary Club of East Maitland are proudly presenting the annual Morpeth Motorama Sunday 5th March 2017, on the picturesque grounds of Closebourne House.

The event will draw motor enthusiasts from all over Australia bringing an estimated 700 rare vintage, veteran and modern cars, army vehicles of all shapes and sizes, commercial and lightweight trucks; and motorbikes, to the historic town of Morpeth worth an estimated $5 million.

Hundreds are expected to flock to the event, bringing a boon for traders. The annual Morpeth Motorama is a highlight of the Car Rally season, not only for those who own the vehicles, but for the long suffering spouses who are brought along for the journey. The Morpeth car show is held at one of the very few places where spouses can wander into the town’s galleries, boutiques, the Morpeth Antique Centre, specialty stores and numerous cafes, while their other halves spend the day with fellow motor enthusiasts.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the East Maitland Rotary Club and help those in need in the community.

Stay tuned for more details closer to the event!

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The Weird and Wonderful Morpeth Tea Party
18th August – 28th August 2016 at the Campbell’s Store complex 10am – 5pm,
175 Swan Street, Morpeth: admission free.

Campbell’s Store in Morpeth is once again turning the practice of enjoying a cup of tea on its head, with thousands of weird teapots and the highlight, wonderful handmade tea cosies from across Australia.

The tea cosies are vying for Champion Tea Cosie of the Year and the winner has been announced this morning. This year’s grand prize winner is Lorraine Laverty with her tea cosie titled Monet’s Garden Geverny. Lorraine’s tea cosie is a beautiful rendition of Monet’ famous painting and has to be seen to be believed! 

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The Campbell’s Store complex including, Morpeth Antique Centre, Morpeth Gourmet Foods and Morpeth Gallery, will be open for ten days during the exhibition and admission is free.

In an exhibition that could upstage even the Mad Hatter’s tea party, Campbell’s Store will also be filled with 2, 000 novelty teapots in every shape size and colour you could possibly imagine from kangaroo’s to typewriters, and even the breakfast table.

The dealers of Morpeth Antique Centre are joining in the party as well, with vintage and antique teapots from Shelly to Winton and even Clarice Cliff. You’ll also find beautiful Royal Daulton cup and saucer trios.

Alice joins the fun in Cathie Brady’s Realistic Baby Dolls Alice in Wonderland exhibition on the 1st floor of Morpeth Antique Centre. Cathy has created a miniature Mad Hatter’s Tea Party complete with tiny trays of oysters, pastries and cakes.

It doesn’t stop there! Felicity at A Vintage Ambiance has made beautiful soy candles in vintage teacups, and Pauline at The Cat Store has some quirky cat teapots and mugs.

And when you think you’ve seen enough, Morpeth Gourmet Foods have an array of honey from all over Australia. There are 18 varieties of honey with a selection for tasting. There are black, green and herbal tea leaves as well, with flavours such as ‘Shades of Earl Grey’ and ‘Mint Condition’.

Finally when it’s time for a rest, continue the food journey at The Servants Quarters Tea Room where you can indulge in your own tea party with homemade scones made by Nikki and her team, served with fresh whipped cream and sweet jam. There’s also a pastry cabinet filled with a variety of cakes to choose from with your coffee with even more options for lunch.

For more information head to our Facebook or Instagram page, and don’t forget to #morpethteapotfestival2016 your photos on social media!

Trevor Richards
Morpeth Gallery
info@morpethgallery.com
www.morpethgallery.com
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Telephone: 02 49331407
Fax 02 49342107
PO Box 36
Morpeth NSW 2321

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