Summer Exhibition 2017

The Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright is turning its attention to The Summer Exhibition, which will combine work from an interesting range of Fine Artists & Makers in a mixed exhibition.

‘The Summer Exhibition’ will run from 1st July –  2nd September 2017.  Doors will open for the preview on Saturday 1st July from 11am. All are welcome to come along and enjoy the exhibition, and enjoy some bubbles and chocolates from the Cocoabean Company.

We are very excited to welcome back two leading lights in the Scottish Art scene, Gordon Wilson & Marion Drummond.  Gordon Wilson is one of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary artists. Born and raised in Glasgow, Gordon studied at Glasgow School of Art and has worked in the art industry for many years as a designer, picture framer and artist. Demand for Gordon’s art works have continued to grow, with work in both corporate and private collections worldwide, and exhibitions in leading art galleries throughout the UK. His subject matter ranges from quirky portraiture to emotive land and seascapes, usually centred around the West Coast of Scotland. Gordon also loves to depict the belted Galloway in his paintings, making his paintings very sought after.

Marion Drummond is another Glasgow artist, who paints from life in oils, favouring the use of fingers and rags over brushes. Marion’s subject matter ranges from the figurative, floral and still life to landscape, always capturing the light in her chosen subject beautifully.  Largely self taught, Marion has developed a style that has made her very popular with collectors and enthusiasts, and is highly regarded by many within and outside of the contemporary art scene.

We are very excited to welcome new artists to the gallery, Allison Young, Jemma K Derbyshire, Kittie Jones SWLA and Peter Foyle.

Allison Young graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1988, and has since built up a strong reputation for her landscape paintings. Although she usually focuses on East Lothian and Tiree, for this exhibition Allison has spent time in Dumfries & Galloway, enjoying our beautiful coastline and capturing it on canvas.

Jemma K Derbyshire is another Edinburgh based artist, but it is her upbringing in the Scottish Highlands which offers her the most inspiration for her paintings. Driven by colour, light and the raw elemental factors presented to her, Jemma’s landscapes are energetic and vibrant.

Also Edinburgh based, Kittie Jones’ work is directly inspired by the natural world, in particular British birds. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in 2008, and is now based at the Coburg House Art Studios (along with Jemma Derbshire). Kittie has gained recognition for her paintings and printmaking, winning awards and exhibiting extensively across the UK.

Peter Foyle originates from Dorset and trained at St. Martins in London, but has since moved up to Troon in Ayrshire, where he opened The Framework Gallery in 1990.  Much of Peter’s work depicts rural life in harbours and villages around the country. Peter works quickly and freely in an attempt to convey an impression of the atmosphere and light rather than a detailed description of the subject. He is particularly inspired by the way light and reflections can play across ordinary objects and familiar places, giving them a fresh beauty.

We also welcome the return of Jackie Forbes Henderson, Linda Park, Mairi Stewart, Ruth Brownlee, Stewart Lammie and Victoria Foster.

Jackie’s distinctive paintings are becoming increasingly popular, and her work can be found in galleries across the country. Her work usually features figures and birds, as well as landscape and still life. Working in acrylics, layers of colour are built up  through layers of paint and glaze, with textiles and collage added for another layer of interest and texture.

Linda Park paints dramatic, bold landscapes from both France and Scotland, where she divides her time. Linda is very interested in revisiting places at different times of the day, to capture the variations of light and textural qualities of a landscape. She works in oils with a variety of brushes, knives and other implements to create a rich and evocative world of colour, movement and texture in her paintings.

Another graduate from Edinburgh College of Art, Mairi Stewart became a teacher following her graduation, but then retired early to take up painting full time. Mairi’s work is an infusion of her daily observations, finding constant inspiration from her surroundings, be it domestic or in nature, enjoying the endless possibilities of balancing colour and shape within her still life compositions.

Ruth Brownlee is based in Shetland, where she finds her inspiration for her seascapes. Often dramatic, they capture the dramatic environment of Shetland and its visual drama of the constantly changing elements. Ruth is well established, and exhibits widely in the UK and overseas.

Stewart Lammie is based in Newton Stewart, and has gained popularity over the years for his oil paintings of local scenes. Stewart is a plein air painter, and successfully captures light and atmosphere with a particular flair in his work.

Victoria Foster is exhibiting some of her colourful, original felt and hand embroidered pictures, which are very popular with our customers.

Beautiful new ceramics will be on show  by Rowena Gilbert and Debbie Barber, with new collections of jewellery from Donna Barry, Eileen MacAlister & Shark Alley, Sculpture by Eoghan Bridge & Karen James, Driftwood boat sculpture by Merope Pease, Paper sculpture by Suzanne Breakwell, Glass by Stuart Akroyd & Debbie Lord and Textiles by Jo Gallant, Dorothy Stewart and Lindsay Tyson.

The Whitehouse Gallery is a member of the Own Art scheme. Please ask us more about this on 01557 330223 or

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