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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Finches the focus at gallery’s annual wildlife exhibition

Twitchers will have much to chirp about this June long weekend when Morpeth Gallery combines with the Hunter Valley Finch Club to showcase one of the world’s most colourful feathered friends.

Artists will be working alongside finch breeders at the annual Wildlife Art Show, to appreciate the pint-sized song bird, both on canvas and in real life.

Morpeth Gallery owner Trevor Richards says the unique exhibition will offer visitors a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a breed too fast to gaze at when flying free.

“In the wild finches are hard to see, they are small birds and fly very fast, travelling up to 14 kilometres to their feeding grounds,” he said.

“When you only weigh 10 grams you are tiny and hard to spot.

“In the wild all you see across a glary blue sky is a flock of 100 tiny birds zip past you and all you see is a flash of gold, or rosy-brown, or white but in the gallery you can see their true beauty.”

This year’s annual wildlife art exhibition will see the Hunter Valley Finch Club combining with Morpeth Gallery to showcase the breed both live and on canvas.

The ‘Feathers, Fur, Skin and Scales’ exhibition has attracted some of Australia’s most famous wildlife artists, Mr Richards said.

“[They] have been busily painting some truly amazing nature paintings to display at the gallery.”

The collaboration of the two groups was expected to cause a flap.    

“Award-winning finches alongside international award-winning art makes for a wonderful visual feast,” Mr Richards said.

“And you also have the opportunity to talk to both Finch Club members, as well as the award-winning artists who will arrive from interstate for this spectacular event.”

Finch breeders will be present in the gallery to pass on their knowledge while artists will be working at their easel, showcasing their own skill sets.

The ‘Feathers, Fur, Skin and Scales’ exhibition will take place across the June long weekend from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June.

Admission is Free.

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