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 resulted in a record submission of nearly 430 entries.

The overall quality was so high that the judges had a difficult time making their selection. In the end they chose 105 works which range from vibrant paintings in oil and acrylic to jewel-like prints and quirky sculpture. work on show includes paintings, prints, drawings and three-dimensional pieces in ceramic, bronze, wood and mixed media.

There are a number of cash prizes including the Specsavers’ Lymington People’s Choice Award, the Blake Morgan Award for best painting, the Mary and John Symons Memorial Award for best print, the Coastal Gallery Award for best contemporary abstract work, the Beaulieu Fine Arts Award for best work by a non-professional artist and the Ted Marsh Memorial Award for best work by an artist aged 18-21.

There were 49 entries for the Young Artists’ Open, which was inaugurated in 2018 to provide an opportunity for developing artists from toddlers to 17-year olds. The exhibition is a feast of colour, featuring landscapes, wildlife, still life and works of imagination in pencil, ink, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.

From 30th April to 2nd June, the St Barbe Gallery has a textile exhibition featuring local textile artists working in a variety of different media. From felting to lace-making, weaving, patchwork and collage, the show highlights the range of work being created by talented local artists. There will be weaving, spinning or lace-making demonstrations most weekends throughout the exhibition.

Pictured: Tide Line, by Sian Appleyard