Casscar Creative Arts Studio's annual exhibition at Cessnock Library is underway, with a special initiative this year.
The works on display will be auctioned to raise funds for Aussie Ark's wildlife recovery programs, in the wake of last summer's devastating bushfires and ongoing drought.
Bushfire landscapes, endangered animals, mythology, portraits and earthenware works are among the 41 pieces on display, created by students aged nine to 16 who take classes at Sandii Walker's Kitchener studio.
Walker said the students have been working towards the charity auction all year.
"They have meticulously researched and worked on paintings especially to raise funds in support of the various wildlife recovery programs Aussie Ark in the Barrington Tops oversee," she said.
Lily Stothard, 15, said the students wanted to do something to help our native wildlife.
"It's really significant, after going through the drought and the bushfires," she said.
Walker said she is "super proud" of what the students have managed to accomplish during a such a challenging year.
"I am always in owe of the intelligence, talent, dedication and potential of all CCAS's young artists," she said.
"But what I am most humbled by is their genuine joy and gentleness. Their ability to transform the world they are experiencing is unquestionable, especially in this moment in time.
"I believe in nothing more strongly than these capable hands and minds."
It is the studio's 13th annual exhibition at the library, and the students are excited to have their works on show to the public once again.
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