1.   Sir Peter Blake Exhibition

2.   Bart & Homer Simpson

3.   Visitors' Map

4.   Small News




1. Sir Peter Blake Exhibition

Coombe Gallery is delighted to announce a new exhibition of Sir Peter Blake’s latest limited edition signed silkscreen prints to be shown alongside iconic signed silkscreen prints from recent decades. In a real coup for Devon-based fans of Peter Blake’s work we are also very pleased to announce that Sir Peter will be attending the private view to open the exhibition in August. We are exhibiting rare early silkscreen prints from his Madonna on Venice Beach series so we will have a great range of works highlighting Sir Peter’s work over the years. This is a great opportunity to invest in the quintessential British Pop Artist and secure a piece of British Art History.
Sir Peter Blake, hailed as the Godfather of British Pop Art, has an illustrious career that spans six decades. Knighted in 2002, an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art, and with his work represented in major collections throughout the world, Sir Peter Blake truly is a grandee of British Art.  His work crosses all generational divides, and inspires great respect from younger artists such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Pure Evil and Tracey Emin.

His work reflects his fascination with all streams of popular culture, and the beauty to be found in everyday objects and surroundings. Many of his works feature found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours. The works perfectly capture the effervescent and optimistic ethos of the sixties, but are also strikingly fresh and contemporary. There is also a strain of sentimentality and nostalgia running throughout his work, with particular focus towards childhood innocence and reminiscence. Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry, having produced iconic album covers for the Beatles (Most famously Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), The Who, Paul Weller and Oasis.
As well as his painting and collage work, Sir Peter Blake is known for his printmaking, which has become a mainstay of his creative output. New series are published each year and in 2010 his ‘I Love You’ a collage style text work with diamond dust finishing have already become rare collector’s pieces.
Sir Peter Blake is one of a few living artists to have been honoured with several retrospective exhibitions in public spaces. Key exhibitions include the major retrospective Now We Are 64 at the National Gallery in London in 1996, as well as at Tate Liverpool in 2000. Still incredibly active and working across many genres, most recently Sir Peter has been commissioned to paint a canvas of St. Martin for the Knights Chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral – the first new artist to be included in several hundred years.  Coombe Gallery, 20 Foss Street, Dartmouth, August 13th To September 10th 2011


2.  Doh!   Bart & Homer Simpson @ Woodlands

Tuesday 9th August – Doh!   Bart & Homer Simpson are coming all the way from Springfield for one day only to visit all their fans in Dartmouth. They will be making personal appearances at various intervals in Woodlands Leisure Park throughout the day.

Don’t miss your chance to see Bart & Homer.  Click here for more.

This is a free event included in the admission charge to Woodlands Park. Also see Emazdad the Magician & Balloon Modeller

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

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3.   Don't Get Lost in Dartmouth without it!

To help visitors, and maybe some residents locate Dartmouth's great range of local shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, 'By The Dart' has recently published the By The Dart 2011 Visitor Map. All local retailers, restaurants etc have been keyed, numbered and colour coded in an easy to use and comprehensive map, printed on A2 paper.  Even the new market shops are on it!

15,000 free copies of the map are being distributed presently around the town and in local villages in shops, pubs, restaurants, campsites, marinas, The Flavel, local hotels and guest houses and from the By The Dart offices in Hauley Road. Contact their offices for details on where to get your copy - 01803 835740


5.   Small News

  • Rod Lomax reports:  My wife and I have holidayed in the South Hams for the last 10 years or so, initially in Salcombe and more recently in Dartmouth and consider the area to be fantastic. I came across your website about 3 years ago and would like to say that it's just great. There's hardly a day goes by when I don't check out the webcam to see what is happening in our favourite part of the UK.

    As a person involved in public relations most of my life and more recently with web site design, I think your site is excellent - please keep up the good work. We will be down in Dartmouth again in early September - perhaps you could arrange the usual late summer sunshine for us!

  • This Saturday 6 August from 10am, don't miss the St Petrox Summer Fayre in the Royal Avenue Gardens from 10.00am.  Secondhand books, bric a brac and refreshments.  All profits towards buying a new pipe organ for St Petrox Church.

  • Don't forget Dittisham Regatta this Saturday!

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