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Art on the Green – Morpeth Bicentenary Celebrations

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.

Art on the Green – Watch artists John Bradley & John Vander painting Morpeth landscapes & iconic buildings at their easels on the lawn outside Morpeth Gallery

5 Green Street, Morpeth.  10am – 4pm.

John Bradley is a master at depicting Morpeth’s transport links – horse & cart, steam trains & sailing vessels that plied the Hunter River with goods required by the thriving community.

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 12cm x 8cm.  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…


Take home a little piece of Morpeth with you. 

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