Little Wonders in Kirkcudbright

Afternoon Tea with Champagne'.
Afternoon Tea with Champagne'.

The Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright opens its winter exhibition, Little Wonders, on Saturday, November 2 to give inspiration for present-hunters.

The ongoing theme of the exhibition is small and affordable, with 15 fine artists delivering a collection of Little Wonders, proving that good things really do come in small packages.

Little Wonders will include gallery regulars alongside some new artists to the Whitehouse. Showing for the first time are Margaret S Milligan and Amy Winstanley, who are both Kirkcudbright-based artists.

Margaret likes to capture the light in her paintings, preferring to use pastels or oils in her work which often take the form of still life or figurative.

Amy Winstanley’s contemporary abstract style of painting is strongly based on forms, textures and colours found within the natural world, which are then interpreted through her emotional response. Like Amy, Lee Crews’ paintings and screenprints are abstract, using bold colour, marks and symbols.

The Whitehouse are delighted to welcome back Edinburgh-based Mairi Stewart to the gallery, with her contemporary still life paintings. Mairi likes to use a flattened perspective and rich colour, as does Jean Hall who will also be exhibiting her two very different styles of painting.

Another returning artist is Sara Mead, who completely sold out of her quirky, vibrant landscape and harbour scenes when she first exhibited in the gallery. Her ardent use of colour is uplifting, and her work is extremely popular. Sarah Anderson, who grew up in Newton Stewart, also uses a bold palette, depicting the light, colour and atmosphere of the Scottish landscape in her striking oil paintings.

Gwen Adair is exhibiting some delightful figurative paintings, featuring children playing in the snow, alongside some warm and zingy still life paintings which are a complete contrast.

Husband and wife, Malcolm and Suzanne Stuart Davies are both exhibiting some of their works for this exhibition. They are both inspired by the landscape and wildlife encountered in trips to various parts of Scotland, as well as what is on their doorstep in Dumfries and Galloway. Malcolm is a painter and printmaker, whereas Suzanne is a painter but also likes to work in textiles, and will be exhibiting some of her handmade colourfully patterned knitted cushions.

Ingebjorg Smith will have some of her naive mixed media collages on show, which transport the viewer to a world of make believe, and are truly captivating.

Other returning fine artists include Stewart Lammie, Fiona Millar, Valerie Sadler and Peter Tudhope.

As always, there is an abundance of applied art and craft, including new work by Linda Lovatt & Niki Crew, who both sold out last Christmas. Linda’s verdigris copper, ceramic and found object assemblages are either presented in a box frame to hang on the wall, or are freestanding.

Niki Crew makes fused glass wall panels, featuring fish and birds. Jill Ford will also be producing some of her handmade porcelain wall pieces, inspired by the land and sea.

Marie Krazizky is a new jewellery designer to the gallery, and will have a range of beautiful, affordable jewellery on display. There will also be driftwood sculpture and hanging mobiles by Sarah Wilson and new sculpture by Urpu Sellar. Not to forget the usual mix of sculpture, ceramics, furniture, baskets, prints, jewellery, glass and much more.

On Saturday, November 30 Edinburgh-based Pre-Loved and vintage clothes and accessories Pop-Up Shop. This is an evening event from 6-9pm where you can bag a bargain of the highest quality whilst enjoying a glass of wine or two. Come along, bring your friends and find something truly unique for Christmas.

For more information contact Rosie or Lynne on 01557 330223 or info@whitehousegallery.com.