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Rob Adams in London… and at Poundbury

By popular demand, Rob Adams has added some London pictures to his current exhibition at Gallery On The Square!
The show concentrates on his Dorset paintings, marking five years since he moved to the county, but followers of his work expressed the desire to see some of his recent London pictures as well…
Also in the gallery now is the picture Rob was working on at the weekend here at Queen Mother Square, though the paint is still drying at this point…

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Rob Adams is back

It is a bumper autumn for Dorset landscape painting here at Gallery On The Square!

Hard on the heels of Colin Willey’s very successful show, we welcome back another gallery favourite, Rob Adams, for an exhibition starting on October 5.

Rob, as many people will know, made his name with London’s prestigious Wapping Group of painters. He moved to Dorset in 2014, and with this new exhibition celebrates five years living and working in the county…

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Simon is back! For one weekend…

Seascape specialist Simon Read was one of our first regular exhibitors when we opened seven and a half years ago, responsible for some of our earliest sales of pictures in the gallery. Then he moved to live in Pembrokeshire…

We will shortly be welcoming him back – for one weekend – and we are looking forward to catching up with him. If you would like to look at his recent paintings and talk to Simon about his work (and perhaps even take home one of his pictures) he will be in the gallery on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10. We are looking forward to it…

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Cool paintings, hot ceramics

Starting on Saturday March 23 in the gallery: new paintings from Philip Winstone and ceramics from Jerry and Catherine Broadway of Elm House Studio.

Philip has been a regular exhibitor at Gallery On The Square since we first showed his work in 2016. His distinctive form of semi-abstraction, inspired by the coast, is characterised by a cool, subtle palette and focus on texture.

The artists will be in the gallery between around 1pm and 3pm if you would like to say hello and talk to them about their work.

We’re expecting some of the pots to be arriving on Saturday morning hot out of the kiln! A technical malfunction prevented them from being fired earlier in the week…

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We’re back! With more stock and a new look

 

The refurb is over and things are now settling down! The cafe has now gone, giving us space to double the size of the shop. New stock includes a gorgeous range of skandi-inspired occasional furniture, new Jenny Worral table lamps, beautiful soft furnishings by Biggie Best and more quality faux flowers.

In the gallery we currently have a roomful of framed prints and new stunning original drawings by Sarah Woolfenden, complemented by a new consignment of glass by our favourite glass blower, Bob Crooks.

And… for the first time we have sculpture by Brendon Murless. Brendon creates both large and small scale figurative sculptures in wood, stone and bronze. His series of small figures in circus poses is exquisite. We’re delighted to welcome him as one of our gallery artists.

We do hope you can call in soon! Don’t forget, though, that at this time of year we are closed on Sundays…

 

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We’ll be closed – for two weeks

There are changes on the way at Gallery On The Square! The first thing is that we will be closed for refurbishment from Monday January 29th, re-opening on Monday February 12th.

We are developing the shop and gallery side of the business, which means more space is needed. And that means, sadly, that we are closing our lovely café. Our last day will be Saturday January 27, so please come and join us for coffee, cake and prosecco from 2.30 p.m.

The decision was a difficult one, because we have hugely enjoyed running our café for the last six years and our regular café customers have become real friends. We hope people will still call in and see us, but it is now time to take the business in a new direction.

We need a larger area for things like lighting, small furniture, faux flowers, decorative items, ceramics and sculpture – not forgetting our much-loved accessories, bags and jewellery.

We also will now have a chance to expand the gallery side, featuring more ceramic artists, local designers and makers, as well as some new glass blowers and more Dorset-based artists.

We have seen how much our customers appreciate things that are made and designed in the UK and are just a bit different.  This is the direction that we will continue to go in and develop.

That’s not to say there won’t be any more coffee at all. We will still have a wonderful coffee machine to offer people a cup while they browse, and we will be delighted to see you any time you are able to call in and say hello. There may just be some cake too….

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PS: Our Dorchester town centre shop at Antelope Walk will still be open throughout (except on Sundays).

Hope we may see you before long…

Best wishes,

David and Stephanie

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New show: Colin Willey 2017

We’re starting 2017 on a high note with a new exhibition by our favourite Dorset landscape painter, Colin Willey.

A fresh series of pictures from Colin is always a highlight of our calendar, and this year it comes early: the exhibition starts on January 28.

Recently Colin has been ranging slightly further afield, and this time the lively Dorset landscapes and seascapes for which he has won such a following are complimented by a series from West Cornwall.

The show goes on for four weeks, before Colin’s pictures move on to this year’s Affordable Art Fair in Battersea; then some will go on to New York.

But our show comes first! If you would like an early look at the new exhibition, join us for a glass of wine on the first day, Saturday January 28, from 12 midday. Colin will be in the gallery from 12 until about 2pm.

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