Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Ewan McClure Portrature Demonstration

At our opening on Saturday we were privileged to have Ewan McClure in the gallery painting a portrait of Simon.

In the early stages the painting was recognisably Simon.

Visitors were fascinated by Ewan's painting techniques.

The finished portrait. What an amazing painting. Thank you Ewan for sharing your talent with us and to Simon for sitting so patiently.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Winter Exhibition

Our Winter Exhibition opens a week today, on 7th November from 11am to 1pm. The exhibition features the work printmaker Colin Blanchard, ceramicist Sue Dunne and painters Ewan McClure and Alexander R Robb.

EWAN McCLURE, Self Portriat

We're delighted that artist Ewan McClure will be in the gallery, demonstrating portrait painting during our opening. Ewan was one of the finallists in Sky Arts Portrait Painter of The Year in 2013 and is a regular exhibitor at the PB Portrait Awards. Just pop in any time between 11 am and 1 pm to see Ewan at work.

ALEXANDER R ROBB, Venetian Sunset

The paintings and prints have now arrived in the gallery and we are looking forward to installing it all in the week ahead.

COLIN BLANCHARD A Flake of The Moor's Skin

All the artists are going to be at the opening so we are looking forward to the party! Looking forward to see you on Saturday.


Friday, 28 August 2015

Opening tonight

Opening tonight between 7 and 9 pm.

Our new exhibition features the work of Ian Rawnsley, Michael J Mashcroft MAFA and George Grant. Join us for a glass of prosecco and view all the wonderful new paintings that we have in the gallery.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Galloway Paintings

DAVID FARQUHARSON ARSA RSW 1840-1907 A Summer Day, Dalbeattie

Our Galloway Paintings exhibition opens on Saturday 1 August. Please join us for a glass of Pimms between 11am and 1pm.

We have such a lovely collection of paintings from artists who either lived or visited Galloway in the 19th and 20th century. This year we have an extensive collection of paintings by the Faed Family, spanning generations.

JOHN FAED HRSA 1818 - 1902 The First Bloom of Youth
Moniaive painter James Paterson RSA RSW 1854 - 1932 has an oil and a watercolour in the exhibition, both of Moniaive. We have found that the watercolour 'Autumn, Moniaive' was painted from Mill Dam at Dalwhat Water. The beautiful Paterson oil painting titled 'Moniaive' which belongs to the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow is of the same area.

JAMES PATERSON RSA RSW 1854 - 1932 Autumn, Moniaive

Monday, 8 June 2015

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opened to the public today. Four artists who exhibit with us have had work chosen for this prestigious show: Michael J Ashcroft, Susie Perring, Ian McNicol and Helen Fay.

Michael J Ashcroft MAFA, 'Lower Mosley Street, Manchester'
The exhibition is open to any artists wishing to enter but due to high demand is capped at 12000 entries.  The art works go through a demanding selection process and are shortlisted.  The shortlisted works are then whittled down again and only 1200 of the best works are then put on display in the Royal Academy in London. The exhibition runs from the 8 June to 16 August.
Ian McNicol  is exhibiting in our current exhibition. His etching 'Red Verses Blue' has been selling very well at the RA exhibition, with only seven left from an edition of 20.

Michael J Ashcroft MAFA painting (pictured above) has also sold. He is exhibiting with us at the end of August and in preparation for the show he's coming to Galloway to paint this week. A lot of his work is 'en plein air' so we are hoping for a good week of weather.
Print makers Susie Perring and Helen Fay are long standing exhibitors at our gallery. They have both been getting work into the RA Summer exhibition for many years and this year is no exception. 

If you can't get down to London you can view all the works in the exhibition online. It is the first year that you have been able to do this and I must say I'm really impressed with the web site. You can have a browse through the exhibition here.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Spring Fling @ McGill Duncan Gallery

It's Spring Fling time again (23 - 25 May 2015) and we will be open all weekend, including Sunday, from 10am to 5:30pm.

Leo Blamire will have his studio in the gallery. We look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide. Here's a selection of his work:

Leo Blamire 'Partridge, Winter Sun' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Game Set and Match' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Peaceful Plant' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Pomegranate on Gold' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Favourite Green Chair' oil on panel

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Spring Fling Exhibition - Art, Food & Drink

Suzanne Stuart Davies with her Still Life 'Ratatouille'.

Sculptor Max Nowell with his garden piece 'Three Perry Pears'.

Annirose Ansbro with her abstract painting 'Drool'

Claire Dawdry and Geoff Forrest with their collaborative pieces 'Fruits of the Forrest'.

The Spring Fling Flagship Exhibition 'Art, Food and Drink' is well underway now. Here are some photographs from our opening day when photographer Colin Hattersley took photos of some of the participating artists with their work.

The diversity and quality of the work, I hope you'll agree, is something Dumfries and Galloway should be proud of. Many of the artists taking part chose to make something specifically for the exhibition and this was very exciting for us. It certainly made installing all the different work much easier as we were working towards a cohesive exhibition. With 87 artists taking part this was always going to be a challenge. Visitors have been commenting on how good the show is and how well it showcases the work of the 2015 Spring Fling artists.

The exhibition runs until 23rd April 2015.