All around the Ridgeway

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Jennifer Hunt Sea Wall

Writer and artist Jennifer Hunt has just published a collection of her poetry, prose and images.

Sea Wall features Jennifer Hunt poetry about the South Dorset Ridgeway, but also includes extracts from her nature writing blog, and is illustrated by her own lino prints.

Jennifer, who has lived in West Dorset most of her life, began her career as a graphic designer, later taking up poetry and developing her interest in botanical illustration. Her paintings and drawings featured in the millennium calendar, Plants of the Chesil Beach, and her work has been exhibited in Westminster with the Society of Botanical Artists.

She runs regular art workshops and has a writing group, The Chalkstream Writers.
She has a nature writing blog linked to the BBC Wildlife Magazine website, and in 2011 and 2013 was runner-up in the BBC Wildlife Nature Writing competition.

Sea Wall is on sale in the shop at £10.

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Sarah gets the vote

Sarah Woolfenden, Silver Birches

News from Sarah Woolfenden… her pen and ink drawing Silver Birches (above), which was in the The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at The Mall Galleries last year, has won the online vote for best in show!

For anyone interested in acquiring that particular drawing, the bad news is that we sold it from the Gallery here just before Christmas… prints of it may be available in a while, though. Contact us if you are interested!

We do of course still have other prints of Sarah’s (framed and unframed) in the gallery. Well worth a look if you are not familiar with her work. And if you are, for that matter!

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Jan Walker is back

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We are starting 2016 on a high – with the gallery full of new paintings by the inimitable Jan Walker.
We have been fans of Jan’s work for some years – in fact we have bought several of her pictures – and when we started Gallery On The Square, more than four years ago now, she was one of the artists whose work we were most keen to show.
We mounted a very successful exhibition of her pictures, and we have always looked forward to getting her back, but in the face of competition from bigger, more-established galleries, it has taken a bit of time!
This impressive series of pictures is the latest product of Jan’s long-standing fascination with the cliffs of Dorset’s coast and the processes that created them.

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We’ve gone to town

We have been so busy getting our new shop going that we haven’t had time to tell anybody about it!

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We decided we needed to be in the town centre, and now we are – at Antelope Walk in the middle of Dorchester. You’ll find all our favourite brands, including India Jane, Bob Crooks glass, Jo Downs, Yoshi, Arran Aromatics, Alice Hannah accessories and lots of lovely gifts. Plus, of course, Vintage Paint for furniture from Grand Illusions.

We’re open at Antelope Walk every day except Sunday; hope you are able to call in!

 

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All the way from LA… Claire Fordham

There’s an event with a difference at Gallery On The Square on September 25: a rare chance to catch up with writer Claire Fordham.

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Claire Fordham

Claire, a former journalist from Dorset, is the sister of renowned singer-songwriter Julia Fordham. After Julia found international fame and made her home in Los Angeles, Claire flew over to join her, and her encounters in the surreal world of celebrity culture led to her first book, titled ‘Plus One: A Year in the Life of a Hollywood Nobody’.

It was enthusiastically received – not least by best-selling author Augusten Burroughs, who said: “Claire Fordham is the funniest writer on the planet. She is the real-life Bridget Jones, only funnier and more beautiful.”

Sixteen years after she first flew to LA, Claire is still there, but she will be back in England briefly this month to promote her latest book, ‘Life Lessons for Mia Rose: An Irreverent Guide to Living and Loving Well’.

In it, Claire shares her experiences and her own lessons learned with humour and honesty. It has been described as a must-read for any mother or grandmother.

Claire said: “I was inspired to write the book after the birth of my granddaughter, Mia Rose. She is four now, and I will give it to her on her 16th birthday. I wanted to share some of the things I have learned, and for her to know me.”

At 6.30pm on the evening of Friday September 25 at Gallery On The Square, Poundbury, Claire Fordham will be reading from her new book and signing copies. If you would like to come along, e-mail art@gallerypoundbury.co.uk

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Penultimate show of the year…

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Rob Adams 400 488Starting on in the Gallery on Friday September 11: our penultimate exhibition of the year: new paintings by Rob Adams and ceramics from Elm House Studio.

Rob Adams is a member of the Wapping Group of Artists and a dedicated outdoor painter whose work has won an enthusiastic following in London galleries. He has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Watercolour Society.

We first showed his Dorset landscapes in our Summer Show last year, and immediately invited him back for a solo exhibition in 2015.

Alongside Rob’s new oils and watercolours we are also showing ceramics by the talented Jerry and Catherine Broadway, whose Elm House studio is in North Dorset.

The private view is on the evening of Thursday September 10 at 6.30pm. If you would like to join us for a first look at the show, just e-mail us at art@gallerypoundbury.co.uk

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We’re off! It’s Summer Show time

Colin Willey and Lynda Appleby at Gallery On The Square

Colin Willey and Lynda Appleby at the Summer Exhibition launch

It’s Summer Show time in the Gallery – and this must be our best exhibition yet.

Our main featured artists are Dorset landscape painters Colin Willey and Lynda Appleby, but we also have some terrific pictures by Ben Spurling, Jenny Shaw-Browne, Angela Goodman and Caz Scott.

The exhibition is on until September 7, but please don’t leave it too long to have a good look round!

We’re open every day except Sunday.

 

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Angela Goodman is back

A Glimpse of Sea by Angela Goodman (acrylic on canvas)

A Glimpse of Sea by Angela Goodman (acrylic on canvas)

One of the highlights of the Gallery schedule last year was Angela Goodman’s exhibition, so we are delighted to welcome Angela back with a collection of new paintings centred on Dorset’s cliffs and coastal landscape.

Down to the Sea: New Paintings by Angela Goodman starts in the gallery on May 8 and runs until June 22.

We think you’ll find it well worth a visit!

 

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Observatory by Simon Read (oil)

A different angle

Observatory by Simon Read (oil)

Observatory by Simon Read (oil)

Here’s a side of Simon Read you may not be aware of!
Simon is well known for his atmospheric seascapes, but another long-term preoccupation has been the abstract canvases he can often be found quietly working away on.
He doesn’t show them often, though, so there’s a novel aspect to our new exhibition of Simon’s paintings: we have been able to hang a number of the abstract pictures alongside his seascapes and landscapes.
The exhibition starts on Saturday February 28.
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