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Posted: Jun 19, 2018

Rena Gardiner - A Dorset Artist

A new exhibition of prints and books by Rena Gardiner.

A View of Corfe Castle, 1996 © Estate of Rena Gardiner (courtesy of Little Toller Books)

A new exhibition of prints and books by Rena Gardiner has opened at the museum. It will run until the 18 August 2018.

Rena was an artist, printer and publisher. She hand crafted and produced an eye catching range of beautifully illustrated and colourful guides to towns and villages, religious buildings and historic houses. Her distinctive style was a result of the printing techniques she used and her artistic skill. As a result every copy of her books is unique. At the height of her career she received commissions from the National Trust, abbeys and cathedrals.

Rena lived in Dorset for much of her life. Her love of the county and its history can be clearly seen in her work. Rena also loved travelling throughout Europe and venturing further afield. She filled sketchbooks with drawings and notes on these trips, producing paintings and prints on her return home.

This exhibition of 15 of Rena's prints and paintings is drawn from two private collections. They are displayed alongside a selection of her self published guide books and examples of two of her sketchbooks from her travels.

For further information please contact the museum.

Image: A View of Corfe Castle, 1996 © Estate of Rena Gardiner (courtesy of Little Toller Books)

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