Of all the 50 or so books now published by Little Toller Books (based in Toller Fratrum near Maiden Newton) the handsomest so far is arguably Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker. Within days of this book appearing in late April, copies were being advertised online for £50; its cover price is £20.
It takes bravery to be a pet portrait painter. Just think about it. You often only have a photo or two to work from, particularly if the pet you’re painting has died. You have to satisfy somebody who loves their pet and knows all its quirks and features better than you ever could. Also, you have to please somebody who might never have commissioned an original work of art before — and might never commission one again.
‘Marking Injustice’: A Painter’s Way of Coping
Saturday 18 April to Saturday 30 May, Bridport Arts Centre
This is the biggest local exhibition of Ricky Romain’s work since a show at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis back in 2001 was opened by the former Labour leader Michael Foot and the novelist John Fowles. The focus then was on Human Rights – and so it is this year.
With the General Election coming up, the Bridport Democracy Project and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Ricky’s show could hardly be more topical.