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  Nocturnal Encounters
27 September to 8 November
St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington
  Exhibition of prints of the natural world by Colin See-Paynton. Entirely self-taught, Colin began to make wood engravings in 1980 and soon established himself as one of the world’s most revered printmakers.  His work is based on the meticulous observation of the natural world, inventing complex compositions that link species and their habitats.  
Local Art Exhibitions
• St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington
15th Annual Open Exhibition
21 June to 19 July
Victoria Garland receives cheque from David Rule
Prize winners have been announced for this year’s Open Exhibition, which showcases the best paintings, prints and drawings from around the region. As the name suggests, the selling exhibition is open to both amateur and professional artists and there is no limitation as to subject matter or style, ensuring the display of an interesting and diverse range of works. The panel of judges, which included professional artists Bonnie Brown, Tim Craven and Gerry Dudgeon, were impressed with the very high standard of work submitted for this year's show. The chance to display artwork at the Open Exhibition is much sought after and highly competitive; of the 241 pictures entered this year 79 will be hung in the final exhibition.

Prints of the Grosvenor School
26 July to 20 September
The Grosvenor School of Modern Art, founded in London in 1925, is today almost entirely remembered for a brief but intense period of inspirational print making during the 1930s.
Nocturnal Encounters: Colin See-Paynton

27 September to 8 November
Colin See-Paynton is entirely self-taught as a wood engraver, but since he began to make prints in 1980 he has established himself as one of the most revered printmakers in the world.
Lives Less Ordinary
15 November 2014 to 10 January 2015
A celebration of the lives of local residents who made a mark both locally and nationally. This exhibition studies an eclectic mix of people whose exploits and influence brought them to prominence and notoriety on the New Forest coast and beyond
• Russell-Cotes Bournemouth
The De Morgans & The Sea
1 April 2014 - 28 September 2014
This exhibition will feature stunning Arts & Crafts ceramics by William De Morgan, and beautiful paintings by his wife, Evelyn. All works are on loan from The De Morgan Centre, London

Dangerous Women! From Kaufmann to Emin

17 October 2014 - 8 March 2015
Featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Russell-Cotes collection as well as national loans. The exhibition will explore the way in which women artists have reshaped the art world, against the odds, by challenging convention and expectation.
• Southampton City Art Gallery
The Artists Rifles
4 April to 28 June 2014
At the outbreak of World War I, Paul Nash, a prominent artist, gave up painting and enlisted in the Artists Rifles, eventually fighting with the Hampshire Regiment. Inspired by his story, this exhibition introduces the Artists Rifles, a volunteer regiment founded in 1860 under the threat of French invasion. Its early membership was a who’s who of the Victorian art world: Burne Jones, Rossetti, Millais, Leighton and Holman Hunt. The Great War saw a new stream of creative people join its ranks: Frank Dobson, Charles Jagger, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and John Nash who went ‘over the top’ with the regiment in 1917. Follow a history of the regiment and its members through a selection of artworks, including loans from the Royal Academy, Imperial War Museum, British Council and Arts Council England.
Local Artists
Click here to see a selection of local artists living within a 15 mile radius of Lymington.
Paul Critchley
John Bird
Melvyn Gates
Stephen Lees
Stewart Mechem
Jane Pitt-Pitts
Local Art Groups
  Lymington Arts Group
  Lymington Palette Club
  New Forest Art Society
  The Woolanders
  Christchurch Arts Guild
  Isle of Wight Arts
Isle of Wight
The main Art Galleries in the area
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum web
Russell-Cotes Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AA
See all of their 904 paintings
Housed in a beautiful Victorian villa on the cliff top over-looking Bournemouth beach.
The rooms inside are full of Victorian splendour housing an interesting collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and furniture.
Southampton City Art Gallery web
Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LP
See all of their 1082 paintings
The gallery has a collection of over 3,500 works of art, spanning six centuries from the Renaissance to the present day. The Gallery is internationally renowned for its collection of contemporary works by British artists.
Paintings held by local museums
New Forest Museum See their paintings
Solent Sky Aviation Museum See their paintings
St Barbe Museum See their paintings
Kingston Lacy See their paintings
Poole Museum See their paintings
Red House Museum See their paintings
Art Lessons
The Solent Art School is run by Heather Jolliffe, who trained at the Royal Academy Schools of Art. There are weekly sessions in Lymington and Everton, as well as monthly workshops on life drawing, landscape and more.
Featured Gallery
  Coastal Gallery
  Coastal Gallery have just launched a new web site www.coastal-gallery.co.uk and can now be followed on twitter @coastal_gallery and Facebook! The gallery has many new arrivals from artists, photographers, sculptors and designers - both local and international.  
  'Pier' by artist Biddy Hodgkinson
Art Galleries (shops)
Robert Perera Fine Art web
19 St. Thomas St, Lymington SO41 9NB
Robert Perera Fine Art has over two hundred pictures on display in the gallery, with paintings ranging from £50-£50,000. Subjects including marine, landscape and wildlife paintings in oil and watercolour and also traditional original prints in etching and woodblock.
Stephen Lees web
2 Quay Street, Lymington SO41 3AS
Stephen paintings are abstract, brightly coloured and uncomplicated. He uses acrylic paints and applies them using a palette knife and just like French artists he actually works in his shop.
Carlsens Fine Art web
8 St. Thomas St, Lymington SO41 9NA
The owner Dimitris Carlsen displays 21 local artists in the shop, the most famous being top equine artist Rosemary Sarah Welch. There are many local pictures with scenes from the New Forest and the Solent.
Coastal Gallery web
4 Southampton Rd, Lymington SO41 9GG
In addition to changing exhibitions, Coastal Gallery features an exciting collection of contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Many of the pieces are inspired by the coast and the forest, created by artists, crafts people and designers who live and work in the local area.
Beaulieu Fine Arts web
High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA
The five gallery rooms house work from contemporary artists with the displays constantly changing as new art arrives. Framing is done on the premises and advice is on hand to help choose from the wide selection of frame mouldings and mountboard.
Hatch Gallery web
7A Church Street, Christchurch BH23 1BW
Situated close to the Priory, Hatch specialises in British Contemporary Art, Ceramics, handmade jewellery and some driftwood furniture. The gallery has recently moved here from Kent and therefore has a wide range of artists exhibiting both from Kent and the West Country.
Lyndhurst Gallery web
68 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BJ
Lyndhurst Gallery opened in summer 2010 and offers a selection of contemporary original paintings and limited editions by established British artists. Prices range from £100 to around £3000.