Three Galleries In One
Come and enjoy the lovely ambience and peaceful atmosphere
On entering the gallery one is in the ‘Provence Gallery’ and sales area. This angles back to a small lounge section opening up to the side courtyard. This area houses the visual art of many of the 40 -50 artists who are represented by the gallery, especially displaying those pieces that are not overly large as the space is more intimate. These paintings form the nucleus of an on-going, exciting mixed exhibition. You will find the full spectrum of styles on display in this constant yet always changing exhibition of paintings; the perfect place to browse or buy affordable art for your home or work-place. The paintings are for sale indirectly from the artist, with the gallery selling on commission.
Monet Main Gallery is the larger, sunlit gallery and is on occasion the venue for solo or special themed exhibitions throughout the year. Its high ceilings, roof window and brick feature column, together with the views to the back terrace, make this a very special space for viewing works to be particularly featured. Monet has many well known practising and professional artists whose works are on show, and this big room with angled walls and so much natural light, does justice to their paintings and in particular those that are large. It also has a large community table for people to sit and talk art. Although the main gallery now shows fewer solo exhibitions as it always has a continuous great display of on-going works. Artists interested in the 3 held per year should contact the gallery during opening hours to discuss their portfolio. The gallery is also available for small weddings during late-spring and summer.
Impressionist Gallery; This lovely designed part of the complex protrudes into the car-park, and was purpose built to house the ‘atmospheric’ watercolours of artist Maureen Sylvia: the owner of the gallery. In addition it is used for annual poetry readings. It can, however, have multiple uses and on occasion be hired for small, weekend, independent solo or group exhibitions. It is also available for hire for music recitals and meetings that fit around the gallery happenings.
Artists at Work: During the last 3 Sunday afternoons in June (or sometimes July) you will find there are 5 or 6 artists busy painting on site on each Sunday. This has become an enjoyable annual event. Depending on the weather they will be set up inside or out with a cluster of paintings around them. Visitors enjoy a chat and sometimes a purchase.
Studio: This usually has Maureen Sylvia’s watercolours and poetry on display. During other times in the year you will sometimes find an artist painting in the studio or courtyard, as Monet’s artist in residence. Then, their work is featured instead. The artist’s presence is complementary to the main purpose of the gallery which is to exhibit work by established artists and to encourage people to learn to paint. The studio, which runs off ‘The Impressions Gallery’ is also used for one day workshops and on occasion classes.