by Emily Pearce, Isle of Wight County Press

A MAJOR exhibition of work by John Lennon will be held at Isle of Wight’s Island Fine Arts this summer.

In a spectacular coup, the Bembridge gallery has secured 12 of Lennon’s original artworks on loan from his widow, Yoko Ono.
Fifty limited-edition prints will also be available to buy, with prices ranging from £475 to £4,700.
Gallery director Nick Fletcher said the exhibition, timed to coincide with the Isle of Wight Festival, was one of the most exciting to come to the Island.
“The gallery has always tried to be innovative and bring original and interesting exhibitions to the Isle of Wight,” he said.
“We hope the Lennon show will create even more interest than the Ronnie Wood show, which we put on to coincide with the Rolling Stones’ festival performance.
“The Isle of Wight Festival gives us the opportunity to do something a bit different, and we are really excited about the prospect of putting on a show by one of the most important pop stars of all time.”
Although Lennon will always be remembered for his success with The Beatles, his first love was art, and he attended the Liverpool Art Institute before finding fame as a musician. His drawings are featured in many important collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition, Music Legends, will take place between June 10 to 16.
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