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Moish Sokal ‘In The Open’ exhibition
June 5 @ 11:00 am - July 22 @ 6:00 pm BST
Travelling watercolour artist, Moish Sokal, brings an exciting collection of work from his trips for his latest exhibition ‘In The Open’. On his much dreamed of trip to New Zealand, Sokal’s first port of call was to Christchurch a city in transition, coping creatively with the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes seven years ago. However, the real magic lay in McKenzie country, further south in the expansive high ground from which the scenic peaks of Mt Cook National Park rise. The first of the three glacial lakes Lake Tekapo, a vast jewel of totally surreal colours, was just an introduction. Sokal headed onwards to the largest of the three Alpine lakes, Lake Pukaki. He went on a helicopter safari tour the next day, where awe-inspiring views of Mt Cook National Parks’ peaks, fringed by the narrow strip of west coastal rainforest and the Tasman sea fading into the horizon lay beneath. The next destination was the tucked away Catlins on the south western coast. An enchanting region of native forests, lonely lighthouses and empty beaches. Next was a visit to Fiordland National Park which is New Zealand’s’ largest and most impenetrable wilderness, a jagged mountainous, densely forested landmass with deeply recessed sounds (fiords). Sokal set off to explore Doubtful Sound, one of the largest and most remote fiord, starting by boat trip across lake Manapouri. He headed north towards the towns of Queenstown and Wanaka a region studded with a cinematic background of mountains and lakes. Aspiring national park verdant valleys, alpine meadows, unspoiled rivers, craggy mountains, and many glaciers provided the perfect backdrop… Sokal crossed over to the west coast, a narrow strip of dense rainforest jammed between the southern alps and the Tasman sea. The excitement of this outdoor adventure, discovering new landscapes to paint in a new fresh style and palette is what this forthcoming exhibition is all about. Alongside these exotic paintings from New Zealand, Sokal will also show work he painted following his first ever visit to the Lake District last May and to Scotland when exploring the romantic west coast, as well as other subjects he discovered whilst exploring his beloved Somerset. For more information about the artist and exhibition visit www.moishsokal.co.uk or phone 07812 837825. Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm, Closed Mondays. Free entry.