Artists are invited to draw inspiration from landscapes and stories at Scone Mountain National Park, at Scone, in the latest event in a series culminating in a major exhibition at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

A collaboration between the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Muswellbrook Ceramic Group and Arts Upper Hunter, the series of ‘Art in the Park’ events began in March 2013 at Burning Mountain National Park and has since visited Cedar Brush Nature Reserve, Barrington Tops National Park and now Scone Mountain National Park.

The event is one of several similar open workshops that will feed into an exhibition on the theme of National Parks to be held at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery between July and September 2016.

Scott Douglas Cooper, President of Muswellbrook Ceramics Group/Pothouse Arts initiated the event series and described the experiences as, “A welcome opportunity for artists to get out of the studio and take in the natural beauty of this region.”

“What’s great about working with National Parks and Wildlife Service is that thanks to their expert knowledge of the landscape, artists are provided with insights and access to areas of parks they wouldn’t otherwise know about and these often provide unique vantage points, the likes of which artists relish,” Scott said.

NPWS Area Manager for Upper Hunter Area Peta Norris said, the NPWS is always aiming to provide events that help people learn more about our wonderful natural areas.

“At this event, we are inviting artists and interested locals to relive their stories of the area and to have their oral history documented,” Peta said.

“Everyone has a story about Scone Mountain, making this a fantastic opportunity for people to connect with nature through art and story-telling,” she said.

This FREE event takes place on Sunday 20 March from 10am to 2pm and includes a guided walk to Figtree Gully departing at 12pm. The walk requires moderate fitness across uneven surfaces and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Bring a hat, good walking shoes and a water bottle. A light lunch will be available for $25.

For more information and to register your attendance (for catering purposes) please call the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300 or Scott Douglas Cooper on 0427 101 697.

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