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Author: Steven Shaw Published: 21st January 2009 15:40

From March 19th to April 7th, the Italian Villa at Compton Acres is once again opening its doors to art-lovers with a vibrant, free exhibition staged by the acclaimed Society of Floral Painters.

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The walls of the Italian Villa at the Grade II listed garden attraction will be hung with botanically inspired art in a stimulating range of styles and media from illustration to free design. Works vary in size from miniatures to large canvasses whilst other floral items such as cards, silk scarves, hand-painted pottery, videos and books will be available for sale in the exhibition.

Kaye Merna, owner of Compton Acres, says:

"We're looking forward to the return of this hugely popular and beautiful exhibition which was a tremendous success last year. It really is the perfect complement to a visit to Compton Acres for those who have an interest in art or are passionate about plants."

Exhibition is free of charge, open daily from 10.30 to 4pm and admission into the gardens is not required.

For more information visit http://www.comptonacres.co.uk/  or call 01202 700778.

About The Society of Floral Painters

The Society of Floral Painters, founded in 1996, has approximately 200 full members throughout the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world. The aims of the society are to promote floral painting by exhibitions, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.

Artists' work in the Exhibition will include all forms of flower portraiture, ranging from detailed botanical illustration to free design.  All styles and media are represented in work for exhibitions, provided each conforms to criteria set down by the Society to ensure high standards of both work and presentation.

Society members include both professional and amateur artists. Artists are accepted for full membership after their work has been assessed by a selection panel. Such assessments are normally held once a year. Associate membership (approximately 100 members) is open to anyone on payment of a small fee and such members can take part in all activities except the exhibitions and are invited to apply for assessment for full membership as places become available.

About Compton AcresCompton Acres - AboutMyArea - Poole

 A Grade II listed garden, Compton Acres in Canford Cliffs, Dorset, is one of the finest privately owned gardens in the south with a unique 10-acre landscape of themed experiences for visitors to discover including the Wooded Valley, the Heather Garden, the Italian Garden, the Rock and Water Garden, the Roman Garden and the Japanese Garden.

Established in 1920 by margarine entrepreneur Mr Thomas William Simpson, the aim was to create a series of gardens to embody the vision of his worldwide travels and interest in horticulture resulting in one of the most complex and intricate gardens in the UK.

Article: Liz Lean PR Ltd


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