Sometimes when things are right under your nose, you tend to take them for granted.
Or, at the very least, you don’t appreciate them for their true worth.
It’s a familiar old story – one we would all have experienced in one form or another .
And so, let us spend a quick moment reflecting on Morpeth Gallery and the role it plays in Maitland life.
This past weekend, and again next weekend, the gallery hosted an exhibition from Gordon Hanley, Australia’s only Living Master of art.
Up until now Hanley has only exhibited his work at Morpeth, but he is shortly going to take his works overseas for the first time.
It is no exaggeration to say he’s the most in-demand artist in Australia and just this last weekend more than $150,000 was paid for his works, with his top seller raising $34,000 alone.
There are galleries all over Australia which would love to exhibit Hanley’s work – but he only shows at Morpeth.
And he’s just one of a string of Australia’s very finest who are hanging on the walls of Trevor Richards’ gallery.
John McCartin was named international artist of the year in 2011. Aside from his own studio in the Barossa, he only exhibits at Morpeth.
Bill Cooper, the most respected painter of birds anywhere in the world, exhibits in Morpeth, driving his pieces down from North Queensland, no less.
And they’re just a few. It is a who’s who of Australian art .
If you haven’t been to the gallery, take the time to visit, just to see the quality of artwork on show. It’s a venue that shines on the national stage.
Hats off to Trevor Richards for his vision to bring art of the highest quality to the Hunter.