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Sally McLaren at The Art Stable

SALLY McLaren is a modernist landscape painter and printmaker, who lives on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset, and very close to Somerset, on the edge of Cranborne Chase. The counties, each with a very different character, although linked by the distinctive chalk downland, inform her paintings, rather with a sense of place than a…

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Virtual tours with Messums Wiltshire

MESSUMS Wiltshire, based in the 700 year old tithe barn at Tisbury, is launching a series of online exhibitions, events, interviews, essays and virtual tours. The impact of the coronavirus means people are “being asked to make previously unimaginable changes to our lives to keep us all safe,” says Johnny Messum, explaining that during the…

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Dispatches from Hauser & Wirth

HAUSER & Wirth, the international fine art gallery, which has Hauser & Wirth Somerset at Durslade Farm, Bruton, has responded to the coronavirus crisis by launching Dispatches, a series of online exhibitions, original videos, and experiences. The aim is to connect the view “with our artists  – and all of us with each other –…

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Peter Ursem exhibition on-line

JUST a month ago, print-maker and artist Peter Ursem was looking forward to an exhibition with The Arborealists, at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. Now, with the exhibition cancelled, because of Covid-19, in common with all visual and performing arts events, the Dutch-born artist, who lived in Dorset for many years and is now…

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Online painting clinic

THE coronavirus regulations mean many older people are forced to isolate themselves, and for some, particularly if they are on their own or don’t have a garden, boredom and loneliness may be a problem –  a Somerset artist has launched a service which may also introduce some to a new hobby. Joanna Commings from Wellington,…

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New altar at St Thomas’s

WE think our readers need a bit of good news – or at least something to admire and enjoy, so here is a picture of the elegant altar which Hindon furniture designer Matthew Burt and his team have made for Salisbury’s historic St Thomas’s Church. The altar is made from tiger oak, an oak whose…

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Photographer returns to first love

WILTSHIRE photographer Nigel Hudson has recently retired after 35 years of professional film and photography for clients, and has returned to his first love, the printed image. He first picked up a camera when he was a student at St Martin’s School of Art in London in the mid 70s.  It is a tool that…

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Pride of place – Place of Pride

A NEW photographic competition, with £500 cash prizes, has been launched, inviting professional and amateur photographers to submit entries that capture their emotional connection with a place in their area. Run by specialist insurance provider, Ripe Photography, the inaugural Place of Pride competition is open to photographers of all abilities. The image can be of…

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Inspired at Mompesson House

THE National Trust’s Mompesson House, in Salisbury Cathedral Close, has opened for the 2020 season with an exhibition called “Inspired: Mompesson House and the Creative Arts.” Emma James, visitor experience officer, says the seasonal exhibition will highlight pieces from the collection – both familiar and unexpected – and will show how Mompesson has inspired people…

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