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…
Two charity coffee mornings which we held at Poundbury and at Brewery Square raised even more than we had hoped for on behalf of the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, which supports cancer care at Dorset County Hospital.
A huge thank-you to everyone who contributed to that very gratifying figure. The picture shows Paul Ryan, chairman of the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, drawing our raffle on behalf of the charity. The prize, a £120 bag by Owen Barry, went to Gina Orgel from Dorchester.
And everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the occasion! Perhaps we should do it again some time…
at Gallery On The Square, Poundbury Thursday March 14
or Gallery On The Square, Brewery Square Saturday March 16
10am to 1pm
Please join us for tea or coffee and scrumptious cake – and and a chance to look at our lovely new spring ranges.
Brighten up your spring wardrobe with a few carefully-chosen new pieces or a new bag and you will be ready whatever the weather brings.
There will be special discounts, goodie bags and, of course, delicious cake!
There is no charge, but we will have a collecting tin for the charity which supports the Fortuneswell Cancer Unit and Ward, along with the Robert White Unit, at Dorset County Hospital. The Fortuneswell Cancer Trust aims to improve services to cancer patients in Dorset, mainly through DCH.
Excellent time in the gallery last night, with a packed room to hear Jenny Hunt talk about her book A Year on Chesil Beach: A Sketchbook.
Hugely enjoyed, it was agreed, by everyone who came along. We currently have Jenny’s book on sale in the gallery (£20) as well as some of her originals in pen and watercolour, framed (£395) and unframed prints (£45). Do call in and have a look!
The blaze which ripped through St Michael’s Studios at Bridport last week came two days before painter John Boyd was due to deliver his pictures for our 2018 summer show.
John, who lives at Bridport, was one of a number of artists with a workplace at St Michael’s. The fire devastated the old building, and some studios were completely destroyed.
To his relief he was able to retrieve the majority of his most recent paintings and deliver them on time.
He said: “I actually saw the fire as it caught hold. On Saturday, the afternoon of the fire, I was walking in the fields beyond the building. I glanced back and saw plumes of smoke rising.
“I thought, I do hope that’s not St Michael’s… I walked back to where I could see better and my heart sank. After that the fire just got worse.
“So I was amazed to find that in the end I was able to retrieve most of my work. It turned out that the part of the building my studio was in was not as badly affected as some others.
“Obviously it’s bad enough having lost my studio as well as some of my equipment and a few of my paintings, but at least I have been able to save most of the new pictures I have been working on for the last six months or so.
“I have been lucky in a way, because other artists have come out of it worse, losing all their work as well as their working base. It’s terrible.
“In terms of setting up a studio it’s start-again time for me; I’m just hoping for the best at the moment.”
In the Summer Exhibition at Gallery On The Square, which runs until August 29, John Boyd is joined by Colin Willey, Jan Walker, Rob Adams, Judy Tate and Philip Winstone.
PS: Like most of the artists who were based at the St Michael’s Studios, John is now urgently looking for a new space in which to work, or at least a temporary storage facility. If anyone is able to help, he can be contacted on 07784 942979.
Dorset Art Weeks starts tomorrow (Saturday), and Jan and David Walker will be in the Gallery here from around 10am. Don’t miss the chance to talk to them about Jan’s terrific new pictures and David’s extraordinary pots…
Bridport-based sculptor Brendon Murless joins Charmouth painter Philip Winstone in our excellent current show in the gallery, running until April 25. Plus beautiful new glass from our favourite glass blower, Bob Crooks. If you’re anywhere nearby, please call in! If you aren’t nearby, well, it’s worth going out of your way! In our opinion, anyway…
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…