Exhibition to feature art app

Pamela McMahon
Pamela McMahon

A new exhibition at Kirkcudbright Tolbooth and Arts Centre will feature a new ‘ActivCanvas’ App for the first time when it opens on June 15.

Sunlight, Shadows and Talking Pictures, an exhibition of paintings by Stirlingshire landscape artist Pamela McMahon will feature a new digital experience.

Visitors to the show will not only be able to view Pamela’s paintings, but, if they download the free ActivCanvas App from the App Store, they will see and hear Pamela tell them about her work on their smartphone. (iPhone and Android).

This is the first time that ActivCanvas has been used in an exhibition locally. The App is being used by top galleries and artists to help visitors to exhibitions get a fuller appreciation of works of art and the artists behind them.

Pamela lives on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and is a regular visitor to the South of Scotland. Her paintings are colourful and joyful depictions of the effect of strong light and shade on places she loves and visits regularly.

Pamela said: ‘I live in the country and my preference is to paint scenes/landscapes that are special to me and a part of my everyday life. Country lanes where I walk, trees, fields and hills that I know and love, my garden and places that make an impression on me when on holiday or out and about with family or friends.”

‘My aim is never just to paint a ‘pretty’ landscape or scene: the light and the mood must be special or extraordinary. Inspiration comes when a familiar place is transformed by light into something unusually beautiful and colourful – winter sun turning tree tops gold and red - the glare of summer sun on a path - in other words, those life affirming moments that never last for long but demand you stand and stare before the light changes and the magic is lost. My aim is to capture those moments and share them with people through my painting.”

Scenes from the area around the Solway Firth, Brighouse Bay and Threave Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, the Lake of Menteith in Stirlingshire (where Pamela lives), Kellie Castle in the East Neuk of Fife and the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy are all featured in this exhibition of colourful and beautiful paintings.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chair of Communities Committee said:”Building the local economy is a priority for our Council and our DGC Museums and Galleries play a key role in tourist offer for the region. The Kirkcudbright Tolbooth and Art Centre’s varied and interesting programme of contemporary exhibitions has been its strength since it opened more than 20 years ago, and it is clear that dedication continues today. DGC is particularly proud to support up and coming artists, such as Ms McMahon, by giving them the chance to display work in the prestigious Artists’ Town of Kirkcudbright and supporting them in their early endeavours.”

‘Sunlight and Shadows’ will run from 15 June to 3 July at the Tolbooth and Arts Centre, High Street, Kirkcudbright

Opening hours Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm

Telephone: 01557 331643 E-Mail: anne.ramsbottom@dumgal.gov.uk