Sentinels of the Sky

17 Nov

A painting which captures Pembroke Dock’s military, maritime and aviation heritage in one iconic image has been acquired for the Heritage Centre’s art collection.

The watercolour, depicting a Sunderland flying boat over the Front Street Gun Tower, is the work of Welsh aviation artist Ruth Jayne Lewis, a member of the prestigious Guild of Aviation Artists.

Return from Patrol by Ruth Jayne Lewis

Ruth is one of five Welsh aviation artists who are exhibiting many of their recent paintings in an autumn exhibition entitled Sentinels of the Sky, at the Heritage Centre. An eclectic mix of 40 paintings and prints – with subjects spanning 100 years of aviation history and other military subjects – will be on view between now and the end of February 2018. The exhibition also features work by artists John Wynne Hopkins, Tim Jenkins, James Field, and Ieuan Layton Matthews.

Ruth’s website and details about her and her work can be found on her website:

Heritage Centre Manager Stuart Berry said: “We are delighted to be able to work again with these leading Welsh artists whose paintings are very much in demand. A previous exhibition four years ago proved very successful.

“Ruth’s painting splendidly encapsulates this town’s history and we are delighted to have it for our growing collection of original art.”

All of the paintings in this Special Exhibition are for sale along with a range of prints and cards which can also be purchased from the Heritage Centre Gift Shop.

“They make unique and special gifts and each sale will help support the running of the Heritage Centre,” added Stuart.

The paintings are on view during normal opening hours at the Heritage Centre – 10 am to 4 pm Mondays to Saturdays inclusive.

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