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Name: SPRING EXHIBITION with CECILIA CARDIFF

Exhibition:Mixed Group Exhibition

Date:7th March - 25th April

Time: 10am - 5pm

Location: Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

The Whitehouse Gallery is looking forward to opening the doors to Spring, with an interesting collection of artists and makers, shining a spotlight on the featured artist for this exhibition, Cecilia Cardiff.

The exhibition preview opening will be on Saturday 7th March. Doors will open from 11am, and there will be complementary refreshments and chocolates on offer.

Glasgow based Cecilia Cardiff paints in oils, and is greatly inspired by urbanscapes and lifestyle, observing everyday life and human nature. She is well known for her paintings featuring waiters and café scenes, with particular attention paid to capturing light and a bold use of colour. As a viewer, you can almost soak up the sounds, smells and atmosphere and want to dive right into the scene.  We are really looking forward to exhibiting a large body of Cecilia’s work in this exhibition.

Joining Cecilia, we are delighted to welcome a new artist to the gallery, Damian Callan, a practising figurative painter based in Edinburgh. Callan is a published artist, with two books under his belt, as well as articles in various publications. He also teaches drawing and painting classes, as well as running landscape painting courses in and around Edinburgh. His work is exhibited widely in the UK and is held in collections across the world.

Although we have exhibited Linda Kinsman Blake’s ceramics in the past, this is the first time for her paintings. Creating ceramics has been the foundation of Linda’s artistic career but the highly decorative style of brushwork on her pots has naturally led onto paintings.  Linda’s fascination with fabrics and the clutter of daily living infuses into all of her paintings, each being described as ‘an atmospheric vignette of life.’ We are also delighted to have a new collection of Linda’s ceramics for this exhibition.

Returning to the gallery are Janet Cleghorn, Clare Flinn, Jackie Henderson, James Somerville Lindsay, Janet Melrose RSW and Allison Young.

Borders based Janet Cleghorn ‘s background is in textiles, and her still life paintings which are approached from an aerial perspective give an importance to the fabrics which act as a backdrop, showing how much of an influence her past has on her present work. The aerial view gives the otherwise more traditional subject matter a more contemporary feel.

Clare Flinn is most concerned with colour, light, texture and surface marks in her work, remaining constant no matter what her subject matter may be.  This collection features some atmospheric Scottish landscapes.

Jackie Henderson brings some joy into the gallery with her whimsical paintings, often featuring figures as well as still life and landscape works. Her simplified scenes focus on texture, form and colour, working predominantly in acrylics but using other materials to create layers of interest.

James Somerville Lindsay loves to paint scenes and capture moments of light and shadow. Whether it be the Scottish highlands or a sunny street scene in the South of France, James is greatly inspired by the impressionist masters. He is recognised for his loose, expressive plein air style of painting.

We are very happy to welcome back Janet Melrose RSW. Working from her studio on the banks of the River Earn in Perthshire, Janet has looked to her local landscape to create a series of abstract paintings, characterised by an intuitive, whimsical approach to mark making. We look forward to exhibiting a new collection for Spring.

Finally, with a nod to the sea we welcome back Allison Young. Edinburgh College of Art graduate Allison is inspired by the beautiful Scottish coastline, and will be exhibiting some of her striking land and seascapes.

We are delighted to be getting lots of new ceramics for this exhibition, from a variety of UK based makers including Denise Brown, Linda Kinsman Blake, Doora Ceramics, Wayne Galloway, and Shirley Vauvelle.

We are also very excited to welcome a new furniture maker to the gallery, Edinburgh based Stephen Finch. Stephen will be joined by fellow Edinburgh based furniture designer Tom Cooper, who will be delivering a new piece of furniture to the gallery. We have some mixed media wall pieces by Robert Ryan, Jewellery will be by Robin Kinsman Blake and Melissa James, Printmaking by Colin Blanchard and Textiles by Jo Gallant.