Exhibition to remember Avis

One of Avis' drawings
One of Avis' drawings

AN exhibition of works from the late Avis Harmes, who was lost to the world thsi year, will take place in Newton Stewart.

Those of us who thought we knew former Barrachan resident Avis well (and this includes her husband John!) have been amazed at the amount of work she left behind, after a long battle with cancer finally got the better of her.

As well as reams of beautifully observed drawings, the photographs have been a relevation. She worked mainly in monochrome, and her landscapes have the same fine attention to detail as her graphic work. Her reticence in never pushing herself forward is reflected in the patience and clarity of the images, in whatever medium she chose. Lumps of wood, boulders, pebbles, twigs - nature’s byproducts, imbued with magic by nothing more than an accurate hand and eye.

The photograph of the unmade bed is the closest she comes to making an obviously poetic statement, and has an extra poignancy with her recent death. She leaves us with some beautiful images to remember her by - a peaceful and contemplative legacy.

The exhibition is on display at Newton Stewart Library between 13 and 20 October, with donations if desired going to Ovarian cancer charities.