An art exhibition celebrating the life of a quirky, Cornwall-based artist will be coming to Falmouth next week.

‘The Quirky World of Lynette Turner’ will be a free exhibition celebrating the life of artist printmaker Lynette Turner when it opens on June 15 at the Poly on Church Street, Falmouth.

The exhibition will feature her etching and watercolour adventure stories, designed like abstract stained glass panels, colour linocuts, and the graphically detailed fine lines of buildings.

Her humorous narrative fantasies invariably star her cats Clarence and Therefore , and lurcher dog Perditus ‘ the lost one’, so called because he was found ‘ a poor lost thing in the Norfolk hedgerows’, and adopted from Battersea Dogs Home. Her pictorial menagerie also included squirrels, birds, beavers, foxes, pigs, sheep, fleas, and an elephant in a bath tub.

Before moving from London to Cornwall in 1993, both Heals and Liberty featured Turner's work in their art departments and two of her etchings were selected for the Royal Academy summer shows.

Fellow artist and cousin, Gail Turner, said: "Lynette’s skills as an artist and printmaker were outstanding.

"We love the etchings we have by her, the spiky plant at Kew, the spooky churchyard almost out of a 'Grimms Fairy Tale', which has a brilliant use of aqua-tint."

"A one-off, brilliant artist – and so much more."

Natalie Costin-Kelly, a friend of Lynette's since their student days, added, "Lynette could get furiously bored, and that wonderful, quirky, creative mind of hers always needed something to keep it engaged.

"She was very receptive to everything she saw around her.

"I guess it was that keen eye and joy and fascination in the physical world that she brought to her work that makes it so interesting."

Lynette lived in Penryn and Falmouth.

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She was treasurer of the Penryn-based 'Friends of Glasney,' an enthusiastic member of the Poly history group, and exhibited in the members summer shows.

At her last home in St Keverne, on the Lizard, was a treasure trove of over 150 original images, mostly etchings, displayed on the walls throughout the house, together with paintings and work from her student days at the City & Guilds of London Art School.

This personal collection is exhibited by her brother Louis Turner as a celebration of his talented sister who died last November. He has also produced an illustrated biographical catalogue which together with some of the work will be on sale at the free exhibition.

'The Quirky World of Lynette Turner’ will run from June 15 to 26 between 10am & 5pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, in the Spring and Main Galleries of The Poly, Church Street, Falmouth.

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