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Michael Williams at The Art Stable

THE theme of Michael Williams’ new solo show at The Art Stable, at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, is Folds of Landscape, new works in watercolour and acrylic, on show from 27th April to 18th May. It is almost exactly three years since Williams’ last exhibition at Kelly Ross’s outstanding little gallery. He says:…

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Celebrating the tenth Wylye Valley Art Trail

THE first of this year’s visual arts festivals is a very special celebration – the tenth biennial Wylye Valley Art Trail, Wiltshire’s largest visual arts event, running this year from 18th to 27th May. Founded by Nick Andrew in 2001, it covers some of Wiltshire’s most beautiful scenery, and includes Hindon, Mere, Maiden Bradley, Warminster,…

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An untold story at Mompesson House

THE 2019 exhibition at the National Trust’s beautiful 18th century Mompesson House in Salisbury Cathedral Close tells the untold story of a young woman who lived at the house in the mid-19th century. Emma James, the visitor experience officer, says: “This year our exhibition is called ‘Standing by my darling’s side: A Victorian experience of…

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Open exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Gallery

ONE of the region’s major galleries, St Barbe Museum and Gallery at Lymington, hosts its 19th annual open exhibition, on until 2nd June, alongside the second annual Young Artists’ Open, running to 28th April. Last year the open made a successful transition to the new gallery spaces and this year another innovation, online entry, has…

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Armageddon at Frome

FROME-based artist Barry Cooper, whose work has always had a strong political element, shows a new exhibition, Armageddon, at the Silk Mill at Frome from Good Friday, 19th April to Thursday 2nd May, daily from 10am to 6.30pm. Barry has always explored the effects of local and international politics, and his reaction to them, through…

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Witches in stitches at Bovey Tracey

THE new exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s Riverside Mill gallery at Bovey Tracey is Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic, a touring exhibition of recent work by textile artist Anne Jackson, on until 6th May. Through a series of large and small-scale knotted tapestries, the artist explores themes surrounding the idea of witchcraft…

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Heading West at Tincleton

THE new exhibition at The Old School House at Tincleton near Dorchester is Heading West, a mixed exhibition on until Sunday 11th May. Artists with work in the show include Philippa Headley, Colin Moore, Kim Pragnell, Ruth Ander, Jazmin Velasco, Jenny Sutton, Mary Gillett, Teresa Lawton and Mungo Powney, alongside other regular gallery artists. The…

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Double bill at Ilminster

ILMINSTER Arts Centre goes into spring with an interesting double bill of exhibitions, by the Reflections Group and a solo show of paintings by Terry Ward, both running to Saturday 6th April. Reflections, in the main gallery, is a group exhibition that radiates with reflected light. Dazzling birds and wildlife paintings by Somerset artist Sue…

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Fifty Dorset Makers at Furleigh

DORSET Visual Arts’ Fifty Makers project continues with an exhibition at the Furleigh Estate vineyard at Salway Ash near Bridport, running until 30th March. The aim of focusing on the range and quality of craft in Dorset artists was launched with a pop up exhibition at Wolfeton Riding House near Dorchester in July 2017. The…

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Pioneering Somerset artist

THE Museum of Somerset at Taunton has a major retrospective on a little-known but remarkable Somerset artist who was a pioneer of modernism. A Life in Colour: The Art of Doris Hatt runs to 29th June. Doris Hatt (1890–1969) was described in her lifetime as “an artist of distinction” who pursued her own path “with…

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