**Please note that Spring Fling 2017 has now been and gone for another year - visit back for photos and a round up of this year's event!
This year we were delighted to involve a small selection of local galleries in Spring Fling weekend.
G1 Clience Studio
212 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DS
A bright, friendly gallery and studio in Castle Douglas' main street showing original oil and watercolour paintings by artist owner Angela Lawrence. Invigorating or serene seascapes, mainly from Galloway are key, along with landscapes and some other areas of Scotland, while exciting mountain scenes from the Lake District are a contrasting recent addition.
Angela's paintings have a fresh immediacy and atmosphere which conjures up a feeling of being outdoors. Some work features other on-going themes: for example Sea Spirits or Reflections, with more contemplative or abstract aspects.
Also available are a very large selection of archival quality signed and numbered giclee prints, and a select range of excellent art gifts mostly from the Galloway paintings.
Angela, an elected member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists, exhibits widely, for example PAI, RGI and VAS exhibitions and at many other prestigious galleries, and enjoys painting at public or private commission request.
Directions: Enter Castle Douglas from the A75. Clience Studio is under the tall Clock tower in the lower end of King Street (main shopping street) on the corner of the A713 to Ayr/Auchencairn crossroads.
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G2 The Old Mill Gallery
Port Road, Palnackie, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 1PQ
Opening in June 2016, The Old Mill Gallery is an exciting new enterprise by artists Lucy Lee and Edward Chapman Campbell. A gallery run by artists for artists, the gallery harks back to a time of romantic painters, salons and soirées. The Gallery is a place where the artists that occupy the studios situated above the gallery, can exhibit their latest work. Hosting art classes and cultural evenings, The Old Mill Gallery is a place where art and culture can be comfortably discussed in depth over a coffee, round a warm stove, surrounded by books and paintings.
Directions: Take the A711 from Dumfries through Dalbeattie and keep on the A711 towards Palnackie. When entering the village, turn left at the crossroads, the gallery is down the street on the left hand side, ample parking is available on the street.
G3 The Art Room
The Old School, Brooke Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JL
Within The Art Room you can find an array of treasures, from unique gifts to collectible artwork. The Art Room's gallery flows throughout the whole of The Old School, with the stunning Victorian building being an enjoyable visit in itself. The Art Room also offers 'Art for All' through its various creative workshops programmes, ranging from age 9 months - 99 years (not strictly!). Joining The Art Room within The Old School are a number of other businesses, including the popular NonaLou's Tearoom, which offers breakfasts, lunches & truly scrumptious cakes, teas and coffees - including a large range of gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Directions: First left after Dumfries cinema and left at Kevin Farish's at the very bottom of Brooke Street to access the car park. Or from Queen Street opposite Lidl, turn right onto McLellan Street then right onto Brooke Street and we're in the large Victorian school building on the left.
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G4 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.