It is that time of year again, can you even believe it? The annual Festival of Two Palettes is set to be held once more in the Hunter region, a wonderful event which always brings a steady stream of enthusiastic weekend revellers to the area. Its wonderful events and atmosphere make the festival weekend a perfect excuse to take that road trip, to grab a bite to eat, to enjoy the charming historical country town of Morpeth, the gallery, and all this event has to offer. Founded in 1821, Morpeth is Australia’s second oldest river port, located on the banks of the Hunter River in the Hunter Valley in NSW, just 10 minutes from Maitland, 40 minutes from Wine Country & Port Stephens blue water wonderland, and an hour and a half from Sydney. This years Festival of Two Palettes runs from Sat 19/3/16 at 10am to Sun 20/3/16 at 5pm.
This is where the wonderful Morpeth Gallery, the gallery who represents my work, calls home. During this event, the gallery opens its doors to artists and the public allowing us to connect with those who follow our work, for the public to meet their favourite artists and a rare opportunity to see paintings being produced first hand. For me, it is always such a privilege be a part of it, to spend my weekend painting with some of the most incredible, inspiring, warmhearted and talented people Ive ever known and could hope to work with. It is truly a privilege to be a part of the family that is the Morpeth Gallery.
‘The Gallery was originally opened by Trevor Richards and has had the privilege to feature works from famous Australian artists from all over the country such as: Heidi Willis, Ann Morton, Bill Freeman, Bret “Mon” Garling,D’Arcy W Doyle, Edward Spessot, Garry Fleming, Gordon Hanley, James Hough, John Bradley, John Cornwell, John McCartin, William T Cooper, Natalie Jane Parker. Ramon Ward Thompson, John Vander, Kevin Best, Werner Filipich and more
Trevor Richards opened Morpeth Investment Art Gallery for business in 1991 as part of the Campbell’s Store Craft Centre complex, in Morpeth’s main cobblestone lined street. Since then it has doubled in size twice, and is located adjacent to Campbell’s Store. Morpeth Gallery now comprises a Landscape/Still Life wing and a Wildlife wing, each featuring 150 original paintings on the wall at any one time, with a third section dedicated to Giclee limited edition & open edition prints and other giftware such as greeting cards, children’s books, illustrated books, mugs, coasters & snack trays featuring the work of the artists represented at the gallery.
For twenty years the gallery has specialised in selling only Traditional Australian Art – landscapes, seascapes & wildlife, by many of Australia’s most renowned artists. The artists invited to exhibit their works at the gallery are all professional, dedicated artists & they must be published artists, or be an artist who has the potential to be published in many ways. Art is not a hobby for these artists, it’s a business’
Again, this years Festival of Two Palettes runs from Sat 19/3/16 at 10am to Sun 20/3/16 at 5pm, so how about you make a day of it, come in and say hello, enjoy the day being out and about… and who knows, perhaps you’ll even find a painting to call your own! I hope to see you there