Fascinating private view at St Barbe Museum


Lymington Society Members Enjoy Fascinating Private View of Wonderful St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery “Shorelines” Exhibition

The 3rd event of the Lymington Society’s successful 2015 to 2016 Social Programme organised by the Society’s new Social Secretary Pam Morrisey, took place last Tuesday the 3rd of November at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in New Street Lymington.

The Private view featured the fantastic new exhibition curated by St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery entitled “Shorelines – Artists on the South Coast”. This is Barbe’s major exhibition of the year which takes the Channel coast as its subject exploring the way artists from the 18th century to the present have drawn inspiration from the cliffs, beaches and harbours of England’s southern border. The south coast has often been a line of defence but has also been a gateway for trade and a popular destination for those seeking fun, sun and sea air. The exhibition looks at the contrasting approaches taken by resident and visiting artists who drew inspiration from the shoreline between Cornwall and Kent. Many celebrated artists have portrayed these shores including Constable, Turner, Brett, Knight, Nash, Nevinson, Ravilious, Eurich and more recently Kurt Jackson and Jeremy Gardiner.

Following the usual format members gathered for a Drinks Reception in the entrance foyer of St Barbe where there was eager anticipation for the Private View which was to be conducted by St Barbe exhibition Curator Steve Marshall. Steve is well known to Lymington Society members having undertaken many such functions for the Lymington Society Social Programme 6 to over the years.

Following the Drinks Reception members were allowed into the galleries where a fabulous collection of paintings and drawings featuring the south coast from the early days of the marine art tradition in England right through to modern paintings by Kurt Jackson whose paintings have been featured at St Barbe in the past.

Society members have got used to the fascinating details brought out by Steve Marshall during the Private View tour of the gallery and yet again on this occasion we were not disappointed.

Starting with one of the earliest paintings in the exhibition by Marine Painter to King George Nicholas Pocock Steve took us through the themes of the exhibition revealing many interesting facts connecting different paintings as well as bringing out fascinating detail which only someone with his detailed knowledge of the works on display would have known.

Following the completion of the tour of the exhibition members were able to ask questions of Steve which again he answered with more fascinating details before receiving a rousing vote of thanks at the end of the meeting.

The next meeting of the society’s social programme will be the Christmas Drinks Party at Stanwell House on the 15th of December at 6 PM. Tickets can be obtained from the offices of Clive Sutton solicitors, Number 3 the Old Print Works, 85B High Street, Lymington.

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