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Autumn Glow Exhibition

The Whitehouse Gallery presents ‘Autumn Glow’, a mixed group exhibition which will run from 10th September through to 29th October.  All are welcome to attend the preview opening on Saturday 10th September from 11am, where there will be complementary bubbly and chocolates for all those who attend.

This exhibition is a wonderful mix of gallery favourites, with up and coming talents sitting alongside some of Scotland’s most accomplished and celebrated artists.  This exhibition guarantees not to disappoint, with some really exciting artists & makers, covering a varied mix of subject matter and style.

The working title for this exhibition has been ‘The Two Archies’, as it brings two local artists of the same name back together again, reunited in exhibiting side by side. We have gathered a collection of paintings by the late Archie Sutter Watt RSW for this exhibition, with New Abbey based potter Archie McCall also showing a large collection of his much sought after ceramics.

The Whitehouse welcomes three new artists to this exhibition; Michael Batey, Doreen Davis (Frew)  & Nancy Turnbull.

Dumfries & Galloway based gamekeeper Michael Batey has been painting since 2006, when an accident gave him time off to reawaken his love for art. He now paints ethereal land and seascapes from imagination, inspired by the feelings and emotions he gathers from nature, creating timeless works of art.  Nancy Turnbull specialises in Scottish landscapes, yet she is concerned with capturing a true representation of the scene. Nancy has spent some time in our region capturing familiar scenes of Kirkcudbright and beyond, some of which will be on show for this exhibition.

Doreen Davis (Frew) studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art between 1963-67.  After dedicating her life to her family and teaching, Doreen has now returned to pick up the brushes again in her retirement. She will be exhibiting some of her still life and landscape work with us for this exhibition.

Returning artists include Morag Muir and James Fraser RSW. Morag Muir is one of Scotland’s most prolific and dedicated contemporary painters. Her paintings mainly reflect the studio environment, and her still-life work incorporates narratives that develop when characters and objects begin to populate the canvas. Much of James Fraser RSW’s still life work takes on a similar approach, starting with a surface containing various nik naks, and portraying these objects in an aesthetic manner.  James also covers a range of subject matter, from harbour scenes to figurative works.

Still life and landscapes will also be exhibited by Patricia Sadler, James Somerville & Andy Cross.

Patricia Sadler’s roots are in the Scottish Borders, so she is inspired by its richly colour landscape of rolling hills and patchwork quilted fields.  James Somerville’s paintings tend to be slightly abstracted in style, with a concentration of atmosphere, mood and response to things seen rather than mere representation of a place.

Andy Cross is also more interested in creating an atmosphere in his landscape paintings, from the damp and dreich Scottish weather, to the sunlit paintings of Provence. His still life work is very much influenced by Japanese art and design, where some elements are flattened and simplified, rather than conveying three dimensional objects.

Sarah Anderson & Gilly Beech will be delivering a selection of landscapes for this exhibition.  Sarah Anderson originates from Dumfries & Galloway, and her inspiration is derived from the magnificent Scottish landscape, particularly along the West Coast. Sarah seeks to capture the changing light and atmosphere of her subject matter, using a strongly coloured palette with a wide tonal range, principally in oils.

The essence of Gilly Beech’s work is about painting peaceful images which capture a moment in time. They are meditative. Somewhere to go when life takes over, time speeds up and you just need a moment to escape, a place to just breathe.

Finally, we are delighted to welcome back Sophie McKay Knight, who tells a  story through her figurative paintings, which very often carry a thought provoking subtext.

We will be exhibiting new work by local glassmaker Amanda Simmons.  Amanda makes kilnformed glass vessels, and enjoys playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time she aims to create complex, elusivework that has intense colour and pattern, and which reacts to the light it is placed in.  Amanda has achieved international acclaim over recent years.

We will be receiving new ceramic sculpture from Anna-Mercedes Wear, with a menagerie of clay animals guaranteed to delight. New jewellery will be from Susanna Hanl and Caroline Temple, and Tom Cooper will be supplying the gallery with a new collection of handmade furniture.

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