Opening Cup Weekend, the Hive Gallery Upstairs was transformed with a concurrent exhibition in admiration of birds and the natural world from Richard Weatherly OAM and Lucy McEachern.

A life of observing from the wild was exhibited in illustrations and paintings as depicted in his newest book, “A Brush with Birds” . This follows the journey of internationally renowned Environmental Artist and Ornithologist Richard Weatherly OAM who has worked as a naturalist across six continents, documenting and celebrating our unique environment. The exhibition entailed over 120 works, covering 50 years with some important borrowed works, many reproductions, several significant oil paintings and over 70 original studies created for the book. Please be aware all works are beautifully framed so are larger than the painting dimensions listed.

Renowned sculptor Lucy McEachern launched her latest bronze sculpture, the Lotus Bird, and exhibited a significant selection of her works, 24 , a very large part of her oeuvre. Lucy is internationally recognised with her bronze sculptures being included in the prestigious “Birds in Art Exhibition”, at Leigh Yawkey Museum, Wausau, USA seven times.

The Exhibition Opened on October 31st with a Book Signing on November 21st by Richard Weatherly OAM after the book was released on November 17th. The book is currently available to purchase for $60 RRP. Both artists were present on each occasion. Richard was regularly present on other opening days throughout the exhibition for insight and a chance to get a personally signed book.

In regard to Covid safety questions, we have a large two story space that can safely accommodate up to 80 people with the 4m square rule so numbers will be controlled, but this gives plenty of flow to manage the crowds. As with everything this year, please be patient if necessary, enjoy the sculpture garden and the downstairs exhibition space and exclusive home of Willie Wildlife Sculptures while you wait if it is a busy moment upstairs. If you are still unable to visit please enjoy this online version. It largely follows the chapters of the book and the continents or countries in which Richard has observed these birds. The page numbers have been included if you have a book to cross reference with.

Hours are 10-4pm Friday to Sunday or by appointment and we are open all  5 days over Cup Weekend.

The Exhibition ran from October until December 13th 2020. 

Please direct all enquiries to Karen on 0417 116 216.