This year’s show is the most wide ranging yet: work by 30 or so students in the studio, including the Fingerprint goup of printmakers: books by the ABCD group, and in the house downstairs: a selection of work by the late Agnes Larkins, a regular at the Dove for 20 years. Lastly, in the upstairs studio, Tony Martin and I will be showing recent work.
Agnes never sold her work, and true to this ethos her family are offering her prints in exchange for a donation to her favourite charity: Sightsavers.
As a kind of postscript to all this (although postscript is the last definition you would apply to her), my mother Peggy Hooper-Smith is making some of her paintings and pastels available for sale at her bungalow in Butleigh: Rowans, High Street, Butleigh BA6 8SZ. All proceeds to Save the Children. This show will take place on one day only: May 26th, 11 – 5, or by appointment with me for the following week while the Dove show is on.