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As usual, we are delighted to involve a small selection of local galleries in Spring Fling weekend.
Visit these galleries over the open studios weekend and throughout the year.
G1 Clience Studio
212 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DS
A welcoming gallery and studio in Castle Douglas’ main street, showing original oil and watercolour paintings by artist owner Angela Lawrence.
Seascapes showing the fresh unspoilt beauty and light of the Galloway coast are a key focus, with some mountain drama from the Highlands and Lake District, and more contemplative semi-abstract work as contrast.
Angela Lawrence is a prolific artist who presents a large and frequently changing display of her work at Clience Studio. Also available is a substantial collection of archival quality, signed and numbered giclee prints, as well as a select range of excellent art gifts such as calendars, coasters and placemats, mainly using images from her Galloway paintings. Angela, an elected member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, exhibits widely, for example at PAI, RGI and VAS exhibitions and at other prestigious galleries, and is happy to consider public or private commissions.
Directions: Enter Castle Douglas from the A75. Clience Studio is under the tall clock tower at the lower end of King Street (the main shopping street), on the corner of the A713 to Ayr/Auchencairn crossroads.
Click here to visit their website.
G2 The Yellow Door Gallery
16 Queen Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JF
The Yellow Door Group is an association of creative practitioners in the visual and fine arts, crafts, and literature. Members include painters, sculptors, print-makers, illustrators, potters, weavers, designers, writers, and poets. The shop and gallery at The Yellow Door is a vibrant and changing showcase for an impressive range of creative work by local artists. The gallery is run by volunteer group members, so the visitor is usually welcomed by one of the artists or makers themselves. There is a programme of exhibitions, and occasional workshops and events.
Directions: Situated on Queen Street, in the centre of Dumfries, the gallery is a very short walk from the High Street. From the fountain, head along English Street, and turn right at the Queensberry Hotel. The gallery is on the right-hand side after the hotel.
Visit their Facebook here.
G3 Ottersburn Gallery
2a Nith Avenue, Dumfries, DG1 1EF
Bright and airy town centre gallery. Having reopened on 1st April 2017, Ottersburn Gallery is now exhibiting the work of local artists. The building, which was originally a coach house, has been a gallery under various owners for many years and is well known in Dumfries.
There is a programme of events throughout the year which includes exhibitions, poetry readings and evening viewings. Owners Sean and Kate McKay also plan to host workshops, talks and music events. Ottersburn retains its long history of framing excellence by offering a personalised service to artists and art lovers alike.
Directions: From Burns Statue head along Castle Street. Turn left at crossroads, then first right. The Gallery is on your left.
Visit their website here.
G4 Thomas Tosh
19 East Morton Street, Thornhill, DG3 5LZ
We’re delighted to be hosting Katharine Wheeler who will be with us for Spring Fling weekend, exhibiting both in our upstairs and downstairs galleries.
You can also catch up with our continuing exhibition of Hannah Longmuir’s work, which runs until June 21st. Tosh’s popular cafe is a great place to take a break on your way around the Green Route.
Spring Fling 2018 also marks our tenth anniversary this self-same weekend. Come and celebrate with us. There’s lots to see and enjoy.
Directions: We are in the centre of Thornhill, just off the main A76 route. There is free parking throughout the village. By car: we are under half an hour away from Dumfries, an hour & a half from Glasgow, under two hours from Edinburgh, and an hour & a half from Carlisle.
Visit the website here.
Images courtesy of the Galleries. Main image by Colin Tennant.