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Exhibition of Venetian Paintings (July 2017)

There will be an Exhibition of original Venetian paintings many of which appear in the new book, Venice a Watercolour Journey, at
The Home Studio, The Copse,
Old Hall Road, Troutbeck Bridge,
Windermere, LA23 1JA

Friday evening 28th July 6pm – 8pm, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 10am – 4pm also throughout August, please contact us to arrange a convenient time

The Lakes Art Society annual exhibition (July 2016)

The summer exhibition will be held from Saturday 30th July until Wednesday 7th September 2016 at The New Hall, Grasmere, LA22 9TA, tel: 015394 35628 during opening hours.

Below are some of the works by PL Hobbs that will be on exhibition this year.

2015 Exhibition

A big thank you to all the people who came to the private view days of the exhibition and helped to make it such a successful and enjoyable occasion.The exhibition will run until December. For a full colour catalogue including details of the pictures on show and to arrange a convenient time to visit, please contact the Studio Gallery.

 2015 Exhibition (October 2015) View online catalogue

An Exhibition of recent paintings from the English Lake District and Italy, including works for the book A VENETIAN SKETCHBOOK, will take place at the Studio Gallery from Saturday 10th October until Monday 12th October, 10am until 5pm on all three days.

For information, catalogue or invitation please contact the Studio Gallery.

Works may be purchased on receipt of the catalogue and can be seen on the website nearer the exhibition.

Unless otherwise stated all paintings are pure watercolour.
Sizes given are in cm – height precedes width and gives the dimension of the image, excluding mounts and frame.

Many of the works in this exhibition are new, i.e. completed since the last solo exhibition in 2013. Some have resided in sketchbooks, the germ of an idea waiting in the wings to take their part in more major works, others, large or small tell of a moment or more accurately a period in time and offer a reflection, a sense perhaps of what it felt like to ‘be there’.  One or two are pure observation, a revelation of something we knew was there all along but didn’t always quite see. Many have never been exhibited before.

There will be works not included in the catalogue that it will be possible to view.
Please enquire with regard to availability if you feel that there may be works, particularly from the past that could be of interest to you.

I hope some, if not all have the power to spark your imagination or curiosity much in the same way that the subject captured mine.

I look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition.


The Lakes Art Society annual exhibition (July 2015)

The summer exhibition will be held from Saturday 25th July until Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at The New Hall, Grasmere, LA22 9TA, tel: 015394 35628 during opening hours.

The Lake Art Society was founded in 1904 largely on the initiative of W. G. Collingwood, the well known artist, local historian and secretary to John Ruskin, to promote the work of its members.

Members in the early years included Cuthbert Rigby, Fred Yates, Arthur and Fred Tucker and Hubert Coutts (Tucker), who was the first President. Invited exhibitors have included Frank Bramley, Sir William Russell Flint and Julius Olsson.

The first exhibition was in Coniston in 1905, and exhibitions have been staged every year since then, except for four years during the Second World War. Initially the exhibitions were in various centres, but later at the New Hall in Grasmere which is now the regular venue. The Summer Exhibition has become an established event in Cumbria, attracting over 10,000 visitors each year.

Below are some of the works by PL Hobbs that will be on exhibition this year.






The Big Move (January 2015)

Finally after several years of threats and promises, the Gallery and the collection have moved from Church Street, Ambleside and become the Studio Gallery at The Copse, Troutbeck Bridge.
The thought of moving, re-cataloguing and re-housing  the paintings and drawings plus the disposal of 30 years worth of accumulated detritus from a place that held many happy memories had led to my becoming the prince of procrastination but the time had come

Increasingly over the years, as regular visitors will testify, due largely to time pressure and painting commitments I have had to reduce my presence at the Gallery, mostly by opening on a limited basis and occasionally having to close at short notice. Combined with the increase in parking restrictions in Ambleside this has occasionally led to clients, groups and friends having struggled to park and then headed up the stairs only to read, “Back in 5 minutes”.  
Some have suggested that this would be a wonderful title should I decide to pen an autobiography. For the time being occasional posts on this website concerning extra curricular activities will bear that tongue in cheek heading.

The main reason for the move however, remains the same as it did all those years ago. To have everything under one roof, to have a calm, relaxing space in which to view and discuss the paintings with immediate access to all the advice and information relevant to each individual piece.

I am sure the new arrangements will be beneficial to all and I look forward to welcoming friends both new and old at The Copse.

The Studio Gallery is open mainly for exhibitions but in between times visitors are very welcome to call, just give us a ring to check that we are here and to arrange a convenient time.

The Studio gallery