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.



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!


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.

It’s Spring! And It’s all happening

Spring is nearly here, so we have spring-cleaned the website and this is our first new post!

We have new stock arriving daily in the shops and it’s all change in the Gallery with a some brilliant new exhibitions planned for the year  (find the schedule for the year by going to Gallery here on the website). We have welcomed a new cafe manager, Sarah, who brings a real wealth of experience. She takes over from our lovely Georgie who is heading off to develop a career in events management. We wish her well.

Our new shop, Gallery Home is going from strength to strength (you’ll find it easily if you simply walk south across the green towards the Buttermarket), and it enables us to do more in the way of furniture and lighting. We are working with some stylish suppliers and have lots of catalogues for you to browse for new ideas and to order from.

And of course we are official stockists of  Vintage Paint from Grand Illusions – the best furniture paint there is, in our opinion, and the people who try it seem to agree with us!

Bench in Fjord blue

Time to get painting? Here’s some inspiration: a box bench painted with Fjord blue from the Vintage Paint range. No fuss, no priming or undercoating… very user-friendly!

Regular updates from now on about what is happening here as well as round and about…