Thursday, 17 April 2014

People and Places

Please join us for drinks this Easter Saturday to launch our new exhibition 'People and Places'. The exhibition celebrates portraiture in diverse forms from wood carving and collage to oil paint. The 'Places' vary from France and India to the North of Scotland.

We are honoured to have one of Scotland's finest portrait painters, Ewan McClure, join us in the gallery for the Opening. Between 11am and 1pm Ewan will be painting a portrait of someone who will be a well known face to many of you -  artist and picture framer Leo Blamire.

Ewan McClure was a selected artist for the BP Portrait Awards, and Scottish finalist of Sky Arts Portrait Painter of the Year 2013.

The exhibiting artists are: Michael J Ashcroft, George Donald RSA RSW, Sue Dunne, Claire Harrigan RSW, Simon Laurie RGI RSW, Tracy Levine, Mary Lloyd, Ewan McClure, Alexander R Robb.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, or during the exhibition, which runs until Saturday 14th June.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Matt Baker - Quorum

Matt Baker - Quorum (detail)

As part of the Galloway Forest Easter Festival last Sunday I went on a guided walk with artist Matt Baker. Matt took us to see his wonderful stone carvings 'Quorum' which are nestled in the Galloway hills near Clatteringshaws. The carved heads have been there for nearly twenty years and feel very much part of the place. I loved the colourful lichens that have formed beautiful patterns on the faces, even giving the head pictured above 'eyebrows'.

We then walked to Colin Rose's 'The Eye' on the edge of Black Loch and through the forest to the Murray Monument. Matt gave us a fascinating insight into the geological history of the landscape. He spent eight weeks in a residency in that part of the country and we heard about the other pieces he created, which have now been lost to the deforestation.

It was a real treat to spend such a long time talking to an artist about his inspirations and processes and we covered a good few other topics too. All in all a great way to spend Sunday afternoon.

Matt Baker - Quorum (detail)

Thursday, 3 April 2014

George Donald RSA RSW

Jill with George Donald RSA RSW

We're getting ready for our 'People and Places' exhibition which opens on Easter Saturday, the 19th April.

George Donald RSA RSW delivered his work today. It was very exciting to see the paintings. George told us some interesting tales of his travels and when you look at his work you can see what an influence his experience of different cultures has on his rich, atmospheric work.

George commented that Antony might just be his favourite dog!

The largest painting of George's in this exhibition is a dreamy composition, featuring a whippet.

GEORGE DONALD RSA RSW Silver River Dreaming mixed media

Monday, 3 March 2014

John Threlfall Pastel Demonstration

Here are some photos from John Threlfall's pastel demonstration in the gallery. As part of our John Threlfall and Lisa Hooper exhibition we have been lucky enough to have both artists show some of their working practices in the gallery.

John talked about how he worked from his field sketches. It was wonderful to see the sketches that he had drawn directly from life, often on cliff edges and blustery beaches!

He chose to draw two Great Crested Grebes in pastel. Everyone who came felt very inspired by his passion for his subjects and the medium of pastel.

The exhibition has been extremely popular with so many wonderful comments from visitors to the gallery. Lisa and John should feel very proud of such a fantastic exhibition.

The exhibition continues until the 29th March. You can view it on our web site here.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Signs of Spring for a new exhibition

Our Lisa Hooper and John Threlfall exhibition is all set up and looking beautiful.

It opens at 11am tomorrow. Lisa will be demonstrating White Line Woodblock printing from 11am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

I ordered 100 stems of narcissi from the Isles of Scilly to fill the gallery with signs of Spring and a heady scent.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

A good January tidy up.

Well, we are delighted with the new floor.

Clearing everything out of the office area and long room gave us a chance to do some serious cleaning and tidying and it is all looking great now. One more room to go and then we will have eliminated all the carpet!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Today we didn't get our Sunday off - we've been hard at work emptying two rooms in the gallery and taking up the old carpets ready for the new flooring being laid tomorrow.

The New Year is the perfect time for 'out with the old and in with the new'.  We will be closed from Monday 6th (tomorrow) and we will reopen on Saturday 11th January. This is stage three of a four stage renovation project, after this we will only have one room left to do.

We are also preparing for a very important exhibition in February when we present an exciting two person show with Lisa Hooper and John Threlfall.

It feels good to start the new year this way!