The New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst is now host to its first marine painting exhibition dedicated to the New Forest National Park’s beautiful coastal environment.

The event was opened by Hon. Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott at a well-attended preview evening last week.

The exhibition features five local artists: Barry Peckham, Peter Frost, Richard Tratt, Colin Richens and Barry Miles.

Barry Peckham recently celebrated 50 years of painting with a retrospective exhibition, also at the New Forest Heritage Centre.

Peter Frost said, “it’s been great working towards this exhibition and we are all thrilled to see our paintings looking so good on display in the centre of the New Forest”.

Giles Gould, Centre Manager, is delighted to be able to show the coastal beauty of the New Forest National Park.

“The New Forest occupies 220 square miles and has 26 miles of stunning coastline, much of which is little-known. This is a great opportunity to come and be inspired by these fabulous paintings of the coast, and I hope that visitors will be able to see some of these places for themselves.”

Preview evening

Entry to the New Forest Heritage Centre and gallery is free, though donations are very much appreciated. Works are for sale.

All the artists are friends, working together regularly and visiting places to paint in and around the New Forest.

They have been working for many months preparing their paintings, which include paintings of sailing boats, beaches, mudflats estuaries and harbours of the National Park coast from Calshot to Hurst Castle.

The five artists all have their own distinct style in oil and water colour.

The Exhibition runs from Saturday 26th October 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020.