New Forest: Ponds, Puddles and Paths, a new selling exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington running from Saturday, 17th January until Saturday 28th February will showcase works by local artist Pete Gilbert and photographer Hugh Lohan.
Pete Gilbert found that moving to the New Forest rekindled a passion for landscape painting. He prefers to work on-site seeking inspiration from the endless variety of sights, sounds and smells revealed by the forest and capturing the immediacy of the moment with pastels and watercolour. He then uses his sketches to either finish the artwork back in his studio, or as a reference for larger canvases in oil or acrylic.
Gilbert’s exploration of some of the hidden corners of the New Forest are characterised by the strong brush strokes and bold colours used in his recent landscapes. Although he is working in the moment Gilbert's paintings try to capture more than a snapshot, "I want to FEEL the landscape", says Gilbert.
He has been joined on his journey across the New Forest by photographer Hugh Lohan, whose work will also be shown to provide an alternative take on the subject.
Tickets to New Forest: Ponds, Puddles and Paths, which include entry into St Barbe Museum, cost £6 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and students, £3 for children aged five to 15, and £12 for a family of two adults and up to four children; under fives are admitted free of charge. St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery is open between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday).
For more details visit www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk or telephone 01590 676969; further information about artist Pete Gilbert can be found on www.petegilbert.me.uk.