FROM the beach to the bush, an art exhibition is reflecting indigenous people's connection with the Hunter's diverse environment.
The Wupa@Wunaruah exhibition, by the Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation, is at Hunter Valley Gardens this month and features the works of eight Hunter artists.
Wupa is an Aboriginal word of the Hunter's Wanaruah people, meaning to paint or create.
Artist and Aboriginal enterprise officer for the Kurri Kurri Business Enterprise Centre, Craig Layer, said the event exhibited both the different influences on indigenous art in the region and the development of such art.
"Art, like any medium, evolves and Aboriginal art is no different," he said.
Mr Layer said the exhibition aimed to show the important historical and current role the indigenous community played in the region.
"The local area and Hunter Valley has a rich and strong Aboriginal culture and presence," he said.
Mr Layer is also running cultural talks on indigenous history in the Hunter, with all visitors to the gardens welcome.
"We've had family groups, Chinese and Indian tourists and anyone who wants to have a yarn with us," he said.