Chesil Centre launches Dorset inspired nature art exhibition
Tuesday 3rd November 2015
(Above) Lyme Regis at low tide © Tony Bates, MBE.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is hosting a Dorset inspired Wild Art Exhibition, displaying art in a variety of mediums created by twelve local artists, from Saturday 7th November until Sunday 22nd November.
Members of the public are invited to browse pottery, silk illustrations, and watercolour and oil paintings (to name just a few) in the exhibition area, which looks out over Chesil Beach and the Fleet.
Such enjoyment and inspiration comes from nature and wildlife
Local painter and potter, Maggie Cook, will be exhibiting at the Art Exhibition. She said, “Such enjoyment and inspiration comes from nature and wildlife and I’m delighted to take part in the Chesil Beach Centre Wild Art Exhibition. I use shoreline and tideline patterns and the flight of birds to inspire my ceramic pieces of work.”
The centre is at the heart of the Jurassic Coast
DWT Chesil Beach Centre Assistant, Vicky Ashby, said, “We are very excited about the Wild Art Exhibition at the Chesil Beach Centre. The Centre itself is at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, over-looking the Fleet Lagoon and is the perfect location to exhibit art inspired by nature. We look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the wonderful scenery, some wild art and refreshments at the *taste café!”
"I'm glad to share the beauty of close-up wildlife and the landscapes that I enjoy recording"
DWT’s President, Tony Bates MBE will also be displaying his photography at the Art Exhibition. He said, “The form and beauty of nature and how wildlife fits into the broader landscape has always inspired me, and I look to capture that moment that is special for me. As President of Dorset Wildlife Trust, I’m delighted to be taking part in the Wild Art Exhibition, and I’m glad to share the beauty of close-up wildlife and the landscapes that I enjoy recording.”
Ideal Christmas gifts
Visitors can expect to find great gifts for Christmas, with prints and cards available along with the original works. The DWT gift shop will also be open, with a variety of wildlife products available. 100% of the profits made from the gift shop go straight back into conservation work in Dorset.
Come along and find out more
The Chesil Beach Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, postcode DT4 9XE. The Wild Art Exhibition is open 10am – 4pm from Saturday 7th November, until Sunday 22nd November. For more information about the centre, phone 01305 206191.
Download our event poster here.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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