Beach Treasure

Local artist and art teacher Lynda White is swapping brushes and paint for fragments of broken china and casting resin to create intriguing artworks for Artsfest 2013’s re:collection initiative. ‘Beach Treasure’, an exhibition that showcases these colourful pieces alongside her recent watercolour, acrylic and mixed media paintings of Lyme Bay, runs from 30 March until 19 May at the Rotunda Gallery of the Lyme Regis Museum.


Lynda explains how this new direction in her work came about. “When the Artsfest-Museum project was first proposed last March, my curiosity was aroused by the ‘rubbish tip’ showcase in the Museum. A significant landslide in 2008 had brought down onto the beach the contents of a rubbish dump used by Lyme residents since Victorian times. The everyday objects in the showcase inspired me to make beach-combing expeditions to the area at low tide, at least until recent weather once again made it dangerous from cliff falls and landslides.”

Lynda was fascinated to have found many fragments of china and glass, broken pieces of once useful or cherished vessels. “As my collection grew, I spent a lot of time arranging pieces linked by colour or pattern before coming up with the idea of sealing them in paperweight-sized blocks of resin. Each one represents a decorative little capsule of Lyme Regis history. My exhibit for re:collection 2013 will be made up of 100 blocks, which I call ‘The Great Wave of china’.”

‘Beach Treasure’ will be open daily from 10am to 5pm, and if you’d like the opportunity to meet the artist, Lynda will be introducing her new exhibition at a special preview at the Museum on Saturday evening 30 March from 6-8pm.


This is the third of five exhibitions at the Rotunda Gallery to showcase re:collection projects. re:collection, a collaboration between Lyme Regis ArtsFest and the Lyme Regis Museum, is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. For more information, please visit or

Published on 13/03/2013.

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