Peter Schouten AM guest speaker at Manning Net meeting

Peter Schouten AM is the guest speaker at Manning Net's special event at Manning Regional Art Gallery. File photo
Peter Schouten AM is the guest speaker at Manning Net's special event at Manning Regional Art Gallery. File photo

Manning Net is inviting people to their March 28 meeting which will be at the Manning Regional Art Gallery in Macquarie Street, Taree at 6.30pm for an evening with Peter Schouten AM.

The internationally renowned wildlife artist from Bobin is currently holding a joint exhibition at the Gallery with Jennifer Catt and Angela Tay. Mr Schouten will be the guest speaker at the meeting.

Manning Net has previously held "very enjoyable" meetings at the MRAG which have included presentations by Peter Schouten. This one will focus on his latest exhibition Into the Wild.

The exhibition explores works from three of Peter’s publications: A Gap in Nature, Astonishing Animals, and the most recent release End of the Megafauna and includes some extraordinary large-scale paintings depicting life-sized creatures.

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Peter Schouten is a wildlife artist, author, natural history illustrator and paleontological illustrator who has been living and working in the Manning Valley for 16 years. Peter has an international reputation for his specialised area of paleontological reconstructionist - the rebuilding of a fossil species.

Now on his 14th book, Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications. He has co-written books with Dr Tim Flannery and Stephen Jackson as well as producing the book Megafauna which was a collaboration with Dr Ross MacPhee.

Peter’s works are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Natural History Museum in New York, the Naturalis Museum in Holland and in David Attenborough’s private collection.

The cost for the evening is $25, which includes sit down alternate serve meal, tea and coffee, and drinks for purchase at a bar, all specially prepared and served by FOG’s (Friends of the Gallery).

As this will be a popular event and places will be limited because of the venue, bookings will need to be made quickly. RSVP by 10am on Monday March 25 (or earlier to be assured of a place).

To RSVP please contact Alison McIntosh 6553 4780, Ruth Brown 6553 9877, Susan Ryan 6553 5150, or Marilyn Thomas 6551 3416.