On the trail of local artists

From the left: Janet Low, Jack Sloan, Lynn Bell, Mel Barr, Winnie Cooper and Tim Gray
From the left: Janet Low, Jack Sloan, Lynn Bell, Mel Barr, Winnie Cooper and Tim Gray

A total of 100 eggs painted by artists and makers from the Machars were joined by 100 painted by Whithorn children for the spectacular Easter egg tree that was unveiled on Monday and is still on show in the windows of the Whithorn Trust.

The launch of the Machars Arts and Crafts Trail was meant to have taken place a round a real tree on the dig site but the weather stopped any plans for an artistic picnic. But inspiration was not dented by cold and powers cuts when it came to decorating Easter eggs, with everything from tiny cloth flowers, feathers, paper collage, glitter, wool and even drawing pins imaginatively added to the plastic shells, supplied by Whithorn Events Group for the occasion.

Certainly the artists and crafts people look forward to good weather in the summer as the display marked the launch of the first Arts & Crafts Trail, which will take place over a weekend in Whithorn from July 19-21.

The trail is intended as a public showcase for all the creative talent from Wigtownshire. Already 30 artists and crafts people have signed up to show their work in 20 venues in the town. These include artists’ open studios, exhibitions in two new private galleries, the recently opened craft workshop and a group show in the St Ninian Gallery.

Demonstrations will offer visitors a chance to see the work of painters, potters, spinners and weavers and, at the local smiddy, a blacksmith’s forge in operation.

The exhibitions will spill into front rooms, garages and gardens, and even the railings in the town are being looked at by some artists seeking out new venues.

But spaces are still available and if anyone would like to be part of the first Arts & Crafts Trail weekend and exhibit their work, they can contact the trail organisers at the website www.creativewhithorn.co.uk.