Local Art  
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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
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
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 London Group in Southampton
28 June to 1 November
Nina Hamnett, Horace Brodzky (oil on canvas) 1915
The London Group took the art world by storm at the opening of its first exhibition in 1914. David Bomberg, Walter Sickert and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska were part of the founding group, whose principal aim was to show work by women and émigré artists who were shut out by the establishment of the time. Throughout modern British art history The London Group has championed the work of emerging artists bringing to the forefront great talents from Nina Hamnett to Henry Moore to L.S. Lowry. This landmark exhibition showcases Southampton City Art Gallery’s vast collection of historical London Group artworks which will be displayed alongside contemporary works by current members including Paula Rego.
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.