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Looking Forward to The Summer

Madeleine Gardiner


Summer is always the busiest time of year in Kirkcudbright, and with it the annual Summer Exhibition always features a strong mix of work, from some of the best artists and makers in the country.

‘Summer 2021’ will open on Saturday 3rd July, and run through to Saturday 4th September.  There will be a ‘covid safe’ opening, more information to be announced.

Introducing three new artists to the gallery for this exhibition. Kate Bentley SWA , Sarah Carrington and Madeleine Gardiner.

Kate is an multi award-winning professional painter. She recently moved from the Lake District and is now based on the Solway coast. Kate’s location hugely influences her subject matter but equally her other passion is narrative painting developed from life experiences and her love of the human form. This exhibition will feature landscapes and seascapes painted during lockdown, some of which were inspired by the local coastline on her doorstep.

Sarah Carrington’s work focuses on landscape and coastline, particularly around her home of Northern Ireland and her homeland, Scotland. Sarah enjoys exploring and experiencing the dramatic coastline in all seasons and weathers, which she expresses through paint and mixed media techniques

Madeleine Gardiner is a contemporary landscape painter, born and raised in Scotland, but now living in London. Madeleine’s work is inspired by the landscape and soft hazy light of Scotland, but her travels far and wide have introduced other influences to her work.  Wild spaces, memory and atmosphere are key areas of concern in Madeleine’s work, with light being a primary focus.

We welcome the return of some of our most popular artists this summer.

Rosanne Barr explores and captures the mood, emotion and colours of a place in her highly collectable Scottish landscapes. Tricia Barna and Anne Skinner DA are also concerned with conveying the atmosphere of a place in their semi-abstract landscapes.

We always look forward to receiving new work by Gordon Wilson, who is delivering some of his instantly recognisable, sought-after landscape, boat and figurative paintings. Garry Harper and Damian Callan will also be giving us some of their wonderful, distinctive figurative paintings.

Julie Brunn has an exciting new collection of paintings for the Summer, featuring animals and with a strong emphasis on sighthounds.

If you are looking for colour, look no further than Erraid Gaskell and Mairi Stewart! Erraid’s vivid landscapes are from intense imagination, dreams, memory and imagination, capturing a sense of place.  Mairi Stewart paints flowers and still life, but with a strong focus on colour and shape within her compositions.

Morag Lloyds will be sending a top up of her popular Scottish landscapes in a range of sizes, with a collection of fish and sealife paintings by Giles Ward also gracing the walls. We also have some new pieces by James Fraser RSW, including his award winning painting from the recent RSW exhibition.

As always, we welcome new and exciting collections of ceramics by Georgie Gardiner, Kate Garwood, Pratima Kramer, Helen Rondell, Elaine Brett Rowlands and Sea Drift Pottery.  We have new recycled metal sculpture by Ean Dawbarn, glass by Amanda Simmons and Emma Butler Aiken Cole, Artist books by Frances Law, Jewellery by Hannah Duncan, Willow work by Trevor Leat and mirrors & clocks by Peter Machell, alongside new cushions by Jo Gallant.

All work can be viewed online here

Opening Times:  Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm.  CLOSED Sundays – unless advertised

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