Three out of the Four artists showcased by the Marle Gallery, in Axminster, since its opening in November last year, have been selected by the Royal Academy for its world-famous Summer Exhibition which opened on Monday, at the Royal Academy, London.

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Works from artists Sonia Martin, Vicky Oldfield and Martin Grover have been accepted for the exhibition.

All three artists were shown for the first time in the South West by the Marle Gallery in Victoria Place.

A spokesman for the gallery said: “Sonia, Martin and Vicky thoroughly deserve this accolade which is an exceptional achievement - more than 12,000 pieces of work from 27 countries were submitted to the Royal Academy for its Summer Exhibition, and the RA’s selection panel whittle that down to a couple of hundred to be hung alongside work from established Royal Academicians.

“Our mission at the Marle Gallery is to bring something new and unique to the southwest art scene. Selection by the Royal Academy is proof positive that we are hitting our target and that our portfolio of artists are definitely ones to watch for the future”

If you can’t make it to London, The Marle Gallery’s summer exhibition runs from Monday, July 2 to Friday, August 28.

It will comprise work from all its resident artists, including Vicky Oldfied, Martin Grover and Sonia Martin, as well as introducing several new artists to the gallery.

The current national touring exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers runs at The Marle until Monday, June 18.

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