Thurs 7th – Monday 11th June 2012.

Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St, Morpeth.

FREE Admission

Birds, animals and plants painted by Australia’s Leading  Wildlife Artists in a  spectacular display of investment art.

World Environment Day celebrations continue at Morpeth Gallery over this long weekend where some spectacular Australian wildlife artworks will be on display. What better way to appreciate our natural environment and its inhabitants than by browsing the work of some of Australia’s finest artists in the field and taking a piece home with you to admire on your wall every day! Meet and watch Natalie Jane Parker, Stephen Jesic and James Hough painting in the gallery, they combine hours of research, careful craftsmanship and attention to detail in order to give life to their works.

The stunning work of Newcastle’s own, Natalie Parker, was first discovered and exhibited here at Morpeth Gallery in 1996. The exhibition was a sell out and since then her works have been in high demand across the country and internationally. Their value has increased rapidly each year making them a great investment. Living and working in the Hunter Valley region means Natalie’s work brings a closeness to home like no other.  Natalie has received great success in recent years from her 23 children’s book illustrations. The books feature fun stories and clever illustrations about the adventures of Australian wildlife characters.  Further, her works are available as prints on mugs, trays, placemats and other popular souvenir items, all available at Morpeth Gallery.

Joining Natalie Jane Parker is Queensland artist, Stephen Jesic’s works are widely renowned from being exhibited in America and his continuous acceptance in the 52nd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists, to be displayed from September 1 through December 31, 2012 at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum.  An incredible skill required through years of bird and animal watching all over the world. He specialises in acrylic on clay coated board, which he feels allows for “natural blends, glazes and rich colours that best replicate nature.”

Finally, the exhibition will feature self-taught artist, James Hough. Like Natalie and Stephen, Hough’s attention to detail defines his work. For Hough, capturing as much life as possible in his subjects, mainly Australian bird life, is very important. In each painting, Hough adds unique personality and humour to the birds. James draws much of his inspiration from his own backyard in the Hunter Valley, embarking on field trips to observe birds for hours an end. ”Being able to transpose my passion for wildlife onto canvas has been one of the most positive things I have done in my life,” says Hough. His works are also available at the gallery as calendars, prints, dinner place mats and gift cards.

This is just a taste of the wide array of investment wildlife art that will be on display over the weekend. Each piece celebrates our environment through life, colour, character and accuracy. Admission is free so why not make a day of it and spend time exploring the historic village of Morpeth.

Garry Fleming has had some very exciting news come his way. He now has his own TV show. He has spent the past 3 months fine-tuning the scripts and formats and last week he had a breakthrough with Nickelodeon. They have proposed to program 43 x 5 minute episodes.  These will be aired on television in Asia one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

If this wasn’t enough to keep Garry busy he has recently returned from two weeks in Brisbane where he spent five days in the film studio, filming another 4 ‘How to Draw’ DVD series. This went really well.

Meanwhile Natalie Jane Parker is starting to produce some nice smaller paintings showing companion animals, where two different native animals are seen in the same scene, giving rise to a story in each painting.  These are very affordable, many of which are under $1000.00 each.

Not to be outdone, James Hough has had 6 of his paintings put onto dinner place mats and these are being sold around Australia and New Zealand.

This has helped lift his profile to a point where his sales of original works are outstripping his ability to paint them.  As a result prices for his art are now increasing and James has a backlog of commissions to do.

Trevor Richards and Team.