Tolbooth shows Anne’s brushstrokes

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The Tolbooth Art Centre in Kirkcudbright is exhbiting paintings by “new on the scene” Dumfriesshire artist, Anne Butler, from 27 April to 8 May.

Anne Butler grew up on a hill farm in North Dumfriesshire. She has moved around the country, but has returned to her roots with a small studio in the conservation village of Durisdeer close to where she grew up. After studying art part time at Leith School of Art, a visit to Iona for a week’s painting produced Anne’s first work to go into an exhibition (as part of a small festival in Leith in 2004). The sale of all three pieces, which were inspired by the wind and wild grasses around Iona Abbey, encouraged Anne to keep painting. Now it is the Solway coast with its big skies and beaches and the rolling Lowther hills that are the inspiration for Anne’s work.

Anne has produced a variety of paintings over the last six years, but her work is predominantly landscape - acrylic on canvas. She enjoys working in a free expressive style often in bright colours. Recent exhibitions are Thomas Tosh Café Gallery, Thornhill, Catstrand, New Galloway and Green Tea House Moniaive. Anne is number 64 in this years Spring Fling open studios weekend (28th - 30th May ) and is exhibiting in Edinburgh during the 2011 Edinburgh Festival.

The exhibition runs in the Tolbooth Art Centre until Saturday, 25 April. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm, and 2-5pm on Sundays. Admission is free.