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  ALPHONSE MUCHA: IN QUEST OF BEAUTY
1 April to 27 September 2015
Russell-Cotes Bournemouth
 
  Czech master of Art Nouveau and the quintessential artist of fin-de-siècle Paris, Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style explored feminine beauty through poster design, magazines and, even, baby food packaging. The opulent aesthetic of the Russell-Cotes, full of exquisite items from around the globe, offers the perfect backdrop for Alphonse Mucha’s iconic imagery of beauty, fantasy and elegance.  
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local Art Exhibitions
• St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington
The Royal Society of Painter Printmakers
1 August – 12 September 2015
Image: Merlyn Chesterman – A Winter Storm, colour woodcut (detail)

The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) is the UK’s premier printmaking organisation. Its usual home is Bankside Gallery, beside Tate Modern, so we are pleased to have persuaded them to make a rare appearance outside London. The society was founded in 1880 and eminent past members include Graham Sutherland, Stanley William Hayter, Edward Bawden, Julian Trevelyan and Michael Rothenstein. It was established to counter the Royal Academy’s then refusal to recognise printmaking as a creative rather than a merely reproductive art. Today all members are elected on merit in a tradition reaching back over a hundred years. As a result the RE showcases the very best in contemporary printmaking, including wood engraving, etching, aquatint, linocut, monotype and screenprint. Exhibiting artists will include Angie Lewin, Hilary Paynter, Jeremy Blighton, Merlyn Chesterman, Trevor Price and John Duffin. A selling exhibition.

 
• Russell-Cotes Bournemouth
ALPHONSE MUCHA: IN QUEST OF BEAUTY
1 April to 27 September 2015
Alphonse Mucha: In Quest Of Beauty
Czech master of Art Nouveau and the quintessential artist of fin-de-siècle Paris, Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style explored feminine beauty through poster design, magazines and, even, baby food packaging. The opulent aesthetic of the Russell-Cotes, full of exquisite items from around the globe, offers the perfect backdrop for Alphonse Mucha’s iconic imagery of beauty, fantasy and elegance. In Quest of Beauty showcases key aspects of Mucha’s work in three sections: ‘Women – Icons and Muses’ features his earlier commercial work and includes Gismonda (1894), portraying his muse actress Sarah Bernhardt, for whom he designed his very first poster. ‘Le Style Mucha – A Visual Language’ explores his change in approach following the advent of modernism with works such as Reverie (1897/8), pictured above. The final section ‘Beauty – The Power of Inspiration’ highlights his painting Song of Bohemia (1918) and explores the latter stages of his career as he moved back to Czech lands in 1910.
Animal Paintings
27 September - 10 January 2016
A contemporary approach by kate salway and sue jenkins.
An exhibition by local artists Kate Salway and Sue Jenkins, who specialise in painting the natural world.Kate is a Slade trained artist working in watercolour and oil. Her CREATURES series of paintings specialises in wild animals, birds, insects and beetles.Sue paints portraits of the ‘ordinary’ and perhaps unnoticed animals around her home and rebuilds them on paper using watercolour pencil and gouache. She is intent on recreating the individual demeanour, character and expression of her subjects.
 
• Southampton City Art Gallery
Cunard: A Celebration of 175 Years
1 May – 5 September 2015
Image: Cunard "Big three", 1921

This exhibition makes the 175th anniversary of the Cunard Line, which has owned some of the world's most famous ocean liners.

Dan Holdsworth: Spatial Objects
9 May - 31 August. British photographer Dan Holdsworth explores the relationship between landscape photography, science and technology.

New Acquisitions
25 July - 20 November. This display showcases some of the diverse recent additions to Southampton City Art Gallery’s permanent collection including a textile, photographs, paintings and drawings.

Air Water Stone
25 July - 20 November. For several decades after 1945 artists working in Cornwall responded with striking originality to the moving spectacle of sea, land, light and seasonal weather. Keyed to particular coastal places as well as to the wider currents of modern art, their paintings and sculptures are widely regarded as marking a high-point in British modern art.

The Perseus Series
In The Baring Room: Permanent exhibition. The Perseus series consists of ten cartoons in gouache for a series of large oil paintings. Based on a number of Greek myths it is a heroic tale of knight-errantry and the triumph of good over evil.

Spirit of Place – Ben Johnson
18 September 2015 - 23 January 2016. Ben Johnson is one of the finest painters of structure and light of our time. This is the artist’s first ever retrospective exhibition to examine his extraordinary career spanning 54 years and a rare opportunity to see many of his works together.

 
 
Local Art Groups
  Lymington Arts Group
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Lymington
 
  Lymington Palette Club
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Lymington
 
  New Forest Art Society
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Lyndhurst
 
  The Woolanders
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Burley
 
  Christchurch Arts Guild
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Christchurch
 
  Isle of Wight Arts
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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
  Robert Perera Fine Art
 
  The Perera family have had a long history in the fine art business including owning the New Forest Gallery and organising national exhibitions including Adolphe Valette (L.S.Lowry's teacher) in Manchester City Art Galley and Martin Snape in Portsmouth City Art Gallery. Robert Perera Fine Art  
   
  Mediterranean Harbour by D'Oyly John c.1950 original signed oil  
 
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.