Look Twice Art Exhibition Sat 25th July – Sun 27th September
A delightful display by local artists with many pieces for sale. The show will be manned with a number of demonstrations taking place. This year we are delighted to welcome two guest artist to the group; Mary and Peter York.
The exhibition will be open between 10am – 5pm daily in the Five Arrows Gallery, and entrance is included with Gardens Admission.
If you are visiting the Gardens primarily to visit the Exhibition, please check with the Exbury reception before you depart on 023 8089 1203. The Exhibition may occasionally be closed due to the staging of private functions, though we endeavour to show these dates on the website.
GUEST ARTIST - Mary York
At school, Mary was dissuaded from art as a subject and consequently studied and made a career in science. Nevertheless, she pursued hobby interests in arts and crafts including embroidery, sewing crafts and pottery. During a period of ill-health she was given a set of soft pastels and found the creation of pictures to be very therapeutic. She later also explored acrylic paints. Just a couple of years ago an opportunity to attend a beginner course in watercolour arose at the local Library. The instruction was excellent and, although a challenging medium, Mary finds it an exciting one and has adopted it for the majority of her painting. Her main subjects are landscapes, waterscapes - especially Thames barges - and flowers. She has been a member of Waterside Art Group for many years and exhibits and sells at their annual exhibition. She undertakes commissions and has also exhibited in Lymington, at the New Forest Show and in their Garden Gallery in Hythe she shares with her husband when they open their garden for the National Gardens Scheme.
GUEST ARTIST - Peter York
Peter’s chosen art medium has always been watercolour because these are the types of paintings that most appeal to him. His main subject is landscape and his “loose”, impressionistic style has been influenced by painters such as Edward Wesson. He places much emphasis on picture design, tonal range and perspective and would not call himself a “colourist”. Peter finds that the essentials of garden and planting design, another interest of his, mirror very closely those of good painting design. He enjoys painting holidays at home and abroad with his wife, Mary. He appreciates the associated tutoring and the company of people with a similar interest. For many years he has been a member of Waterside Art Group based in Hythe and is currently the Chairman. He has exhibited and sold at the group’s annual exhibition each August as well as at the New Forest Show, in Lymington and in his and his wife’s Garden Gallery in Hythe when they open their garden for the National Gardens Scheme.
I have drawn and painted since childhood. I completed a degree course in graphic design, then spent some years illustrating and designing for publishers and the tourist industry. After raising a family and moving to Hampshire, I now paint full time; my graphic "roots" form the basis of my distinctive style.
Alan Langford S.E.A.
Alan Langford is a freelance artist and illustrator specialising in equestrian subject matter. He depicts his love of horses and riding with empathy, vigour and movement, in both oils and watercolours. His accurate and active portrayal of pony drifts, point to point racing and Romany life, capture the age old relationship between man; his animals and the land. He is a full member of the S.E.A., (Society of Equestrian Artists)
Janet gave up her scientific career of thirteen years, in 1983. Since that time she has pursued her love of art, exhibiting her paintings in local galleries and exhibitions. She specialises in painting small pictures and miniatures in acrylics, which are subtly detailed, with a realistic atmospheric quality.
I am a self-taught artist living locally in Blackfield. I began painting mainly because I wanted to capture the interesting surrounding countryside and the beauty of the New Forest. My work features the light and atmosphere of the New Forest. I exhibit locally and I am a member of the Waterside Art Group in Hythe.
I am a self-taught artist living on the edge of the New Forest and working with watercolour, pen, pencil and mixed media to produce both representational and abstracted images of landscapes, seascapes and flowers, which evolve from the design, colour, light, tone and texture and mood of what I see. I obtain much of my inspiration from sketching outside, both in the local area and wherever I visit. Exhibition venues include Five Arrows Gallery, St Barbes, Hilliers, Lesley Errington Gallery, New Forest Show, Romsey Art Group and New Forest and Waterside Art Groups.
I have been painting for a few years mainly in oils and mixed media. I love colour and strong forms. I also find great pleasure in drawing my grandchildren in various mediums. Lately I have been working on more abstract form. I am a member of several art clubs and regularly exhibit in and around the New Forest including the New Forest Show and the Lesley Errington Gallery.
Having lived in Hampshire all my life, my work is inspired by the beauty of the New Forest, rural scenes, and the flowers I grow in my garden. More recently I have painted seascapes and beach scenes reflecting local beaches and the surrounding countryside. I work mainly in acrylics and regularly exhibit with local art groups. I have also exhibited at the New Forest Show and the Lesley Errington Gallery.