Meet the Artist Weekend – Morpeth Bicentenary Celebrations

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Once one of the most important river ports in NSW and an instrumental part of the development of the entire Hunter Valley, the township of Morpeth, will commemorate the bicentenary of its founding by Lieutenant Edward Charles Close, November 20 & 21st, 2021.

Watch artist John Vander painting Morpeth landscapes & iconic buildings at his easel, first floor Morpeth Gallery

5 Green Street, Morpeth.  10am – 3pm.

John Vander has been depicting Morpeth’s iconic buildings for decades, including St James Church, Morpeth Bridge, Terraces & Bonded Stores, Morpeth House, Closebourne House, Campbell’s Store, Courthouse, Pubs, School, Theatre, Post Office & Main Street. 

For this monumental occasion, John has created a series of mini artworks on canvas boards, just 14cm x 10cm.  They sit on a miniature timber easel.  The series includes details from Morpeth’s past – a stained glass window from St James Church, the vespa parked outside a café, a detail of Morpeth’s wrought iron lacework, bee boxes on John Wright’s Farm and iconic Morpeth buildings.

Take home a little piece of Morpeth with you.  Buy online from

John’s paintings, prints, calendars, placemats & coasters will be for sale and display over the weekend.