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Name: A SENSE OF PLACE

Exhibition:Mixed Group Exhibition

Date:4th May - 15th June

Location: Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

The Whitehouse Gallery is hosting an exhibition exploring ‘A Sense of Place’ and what it means to the artists, with a range of landscape, still life and portraiture work.  This exhibition includes new work by eleven fine artists, as well as new collections of furniture, turned bowls, sculpture and ceramics.

The exhibition Preview Opening is from 11am on Saturday 4th May. All are welcome to come along and enjoy the exhibition with complementary refreshments and chocolates.

New to the gallery Dominique Cameron is an artist whose practise is rooted in landscape. She draws, paints, films and writes about her encounters whilst walking through an area of interest.  The work for this exhibition is specific to Galloway. It centres on a walk from a friend’s house in Borgue to the shores at Carrick, where Cameron was particularly drawn to the soft lushness of the landscape and ‘how it unwinds itself in gentle undulations and curving paths.’

Devon based artist Sara Bor has spent a lot of time in Scotland over the years.  The work in this exhibition follows her latest trip to Scotland in January 2019 in very wintery conditions.  ‘Working directly onto to canvases started ‘en plein air’ and from a series of sketches, this body of work reflects the intensity and immediacy of what I experienced during those few days.’

Ann Armstrong’s atmospheric Scottish landscape paintings are inspired by her travels. This selection of work includes art work created on the journey through Glencoe, the rugged mountains, misty ethereal lochs and glens. Painting outside and in the studio, she focuses on capturing an atmosphere rather than an exact likeness, favouring the subtle colours, line and texture.

We welcome the return of Edinburgh based Kelly Stewart. Drawing and mark making are the essence of Kelly Stewart’s work. This latest collection of screenprints features local scenes from memories of time spent in and around Kirkcudbright.

We are also really looking forward to receiving new work by three returning artists to the gallery. Georgie Young, Amanda Phillips and Margaret Evans will be exhibiting  some of their sought after land and seascapes for this exhibition.  Each artist aims to evoke a feeling and capture a sense of place in their work.

Local artist Lucy Wilson will be exhibiting some of her mesmerising pastels, often featuring children, which capture the innocence and spirit of her subject beautifully. ‘I’m driven to paint fleeting moments in people’s lives that are sometimes missed or taken for granted. My hope is to capture a point in time that creates questions, what came before and what will come next.’

Eddie Potts is a Cumbrian artist who paints objects, very often objects which evoke memories of the past. The objects in his collection of work are just a few examples from a vast collection of ‘tat’ accumulated over a lifetime of hoarding, including his mother’s glove box and father’s driving license, which are glimpses of Eddie’s childhood.

Alongside Eddie will be one of Scotland’s most prolific and dedicated contemporary painters and gallery regular Morag Muir, whose paintings mainly reflect the studio environment. Her still life work incorporates narratives that develop when characters and objects begin to populate the canvas. The finished paintings portray layers of her personal life interwoven with her surroundings and collected memorabilia.

Karen Rae offers something a little different to the mix, with some of her highly detailed, beautiful pen and ink drawings which are inspired by her design background.

There will be new sculpture to accompany the new work on the walls by Jennifer Watt and Michael Lythgoe, as well as Gemma Rees’ very popular mixed media dogs making a return.  New ceramics will also be in the gallery by Rowena Gilbert, and Edinburgh based Tom Cooper will be giving us some new furniture and turned bowls.