Friday, 23 January 2015

RSW Prize

SUSIE HUNT 'Night Meets Light' watercolour

The 134th Annual Exhibition of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour is currently on show at The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

This year we have presented the McGill Duncan Gallery Award to Susie Hunt for her watercolour 'Night Meets Light'. We were due to travel to Edinburgh last Thursday to present Susie with her award but the dreadful weather conditions scuppered our plans and we had to post her the cheque instead.

However, we are delighted that Susie Hunt will be exhibiting her work here at McGill Duncan Gallery in the future.

Susie's painting really stood out for us when we went to Edinburgh in early January to select the winner of our award. 'Night Meets Light' is incredibly atmospheric and the reflection of the moonlight on the woodland path combined with the torch light from the dark figures certainly gives the painting mystery; you are drawn into thinking about what the story behind the painting might be. We don't think you would ever tire of looking at this painting.

If you can get to Edinburgh we highly recommend going to see the RSW show, which is on until the 31st of January. You can read more about the RSW here.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Festive Opening TImes

Wemyss Ware 'Honey Bee'
We are OPEN between Christmas and New Year. It is traditionally quite a busy time of year for us in the gallery as many of our customers return to Galloway to visit family and friends. Our coal fire will be lit and as is tradition we will be serving ginger wine and chocolates in the gallery.

We wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you over the festive season.

Here are our opening times:

Christmas Eve OPEN 10 am to 4 pm
Christmas Day CLOSED
Boxing Day CLOSED
Saturday 27th December OPEN 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 28th December CLOSED
Monday 29th December OPEN 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 30th December OPEN 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 31st December OPEN 10 am to 4 pm
New Year’s Day CLOSED
Friday 2nd January 2015 CLOSED
Saturday 3rd January OPEN 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 4th January CLOSED
Monday 5th January CLOSED
Tuesday 6th January CLOSED

From Wednesday 7th January Open 10 am to 5 pm, Closed Sundays and Tuesdays

Saturday, 25 October 2014

New Signs

We had smart new signs installed this week and new window etchings. We also have lovely new interior signs to guide people to the five different galleries in the building.

We're just waiting for the hanging sign to be upgraded and then the signage make over will be complete!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

5 Questions...

Wigtown Book Festival starts on Friday. If you haven't booked tickets they are selling fast.

McGill Duncan Gallery is an Ambassador for the event; it is very easy to promote and sing the praises of this wonderful literary event.

Here are my '5 Questions' for the Wigtown Book Festival web site:

5 Questions with Zoe Blamire

Monday, 22 September 2014

Spring Fling 2015 - Flagship Exhibition

We are delighted to say that in 2015 McGill Duncan Gallery will host the Spring Fling Flagship Exhibition.

The flagship exhibition replaces the taster exhibition that used to take place at Gracefield Arts Centre and will be the biggest exhibition of Spring Fling 2015.

The exhibition will be on between 26 March – 23 April 2015.

You can read more about Spring Fling and how to apply for the 2015 Open Studios Event at

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Paintings by Jonathan Mitchell

 Jonathan Mitchell 'A Summer Landscape near Tarland'

 Jonathan Mitchell 'Early Spring, Inverquharity'

We are so delighted to have new paintings by Jonathan Mitchell in the gallery. The paintings are so evocative of Scotland and its changing seasons.

You can view all the paintings on our web site here.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

An Invitation to our Galloway Paintings Exhibition

JAMES PATERSON RSA RSW 1854-1932 'Moniaive' oil on canvas

You can read the email invitation to our forthcoming Galloway Paintings exhibition here.