Exhibition of local artists for gallery’s 10th birthday

Winter in Galloway by Archie Sutter Watt - one of the pieces featured in the exhibition at the Whitehouse Gallery.
Winter in Galloway by Archie Sutter Watt - one of the pieces featured in the exhibition at the Whitehouse Gallery.

Now going into its 10th year in business, The Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright kick-starts 2014 with an exhibition entitled ‘Kaleidoscope’.

This exhibition couldn’t be more relevant and fitting to the occasion - not only are all of the artists based in, or originating from, Dumfries and Galloway, but the exhibition also features a new collection of work from the late Archie Sutter Watt RSW, who was helpful and had an influence in the early days of setting up the gallery.

Archie Sutter Watt RSW was a very dear friend and mentor to Valerie Sadler, who offered advice and support in the lead up to, as well as the hanging and presentation of the very first exhibition. Being one of the region’s best loved artists, this encouragement was very much appreciated by Rosie and Valerie. Archie sadly passed away in 2005, and since then, The Whitehouse Gallery have exhibited Archie’s previously unseen works, gathered together by the trust which was set up in his name.

Best known for his Galloway landscapes and still-life paintings, this exhibition features a strong collection of original paintings as well as etchings, monoprints and drawings.

Naturally, it was the local talent which was initially drawn upon when the gallery first opened its doors back in 2004, and 10 years on, The Whitehouse Gallery is still an active supporter of the local scene.

The gallery was the first to take a punt on Victor Henderson, a then-unknown painter from Thornhill, and since championing him, Victor’s art career is taking off. Victor will be delivering a collection of his watercolour paintings, which are free and alive with colour, usually preferring still-life and landscapes as his subject matter.

Dumfries born Alison McWhirter may now live in Glasgow, but her heart still remains in the region, often returning to visit family and friends. Like Victor, colour is an important element of her striking still-life paintings, having been described as ‘The new Scottish Colourist’ by the Scotland on Sunday, with Homes & Interiors hailing her to be one of the top contemporary Scottish Colourists making waves in the art world. Alison will be giving us two paintings for this show, which were previously selected by the BBC and leased for a one off comedy production ‘Two Doors Down’ which was aired on New Years Eve.

Valerie Sadler will also be exhibiting some of her sought after original paintings.

There will also be a varied selection of Applied Art and Craft in this exhibition, with the introduction of some new makers to the gallery. Four ceramic artists will be exhibiting collections of their unique work, including Jill Ford with her delicate porcelain pots and wall pieces; Isabel Merrick, with a collection of ceramic tableware inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna; black earthenware ceramic vessels with dramatic colour and botanical imagery by Jacqui Atkin and delightful, intricately illustrated porcelain wall pieces by Wendy Kershaw.

There will also be exciting new carved wooden sculpture from Michael Lythgoe, quirky driftwood sculpture by Cheryl Smith, felted textiles from Edinburgh-based Heather Potten and textiles from Kirkcudbright based Jo Gallant.

The preview opening will be from 11am on Saturday 1st March, and the exhibition will then run through to Saturday 26th April. All are welcome to attend the opening, with bubbly and chocolates on offer for all to enjoy.

For more information, please contact Rosie or Lynne on 01557 330223, info@whitehousegallery.com or go to the website www.whitehousegallery.com