Ross Gallery opens to showcase local artists and photographers

Image from Dave Currie
Image from Dave Currie

The Ross Gallery, named after one of Stranraer’s pioneering sons, Sir John Ross, opened to the public this week.

The Ross Gallery, on the first floor of the Stranraer Museum, is available for local artists to exhibit their work during spring and summer of next year.

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Stranraer Museum hopes this will become a popular outlet for the work of all of Galloway’s artists and to demonstrate the versatility of the gallery, it has invited Galloway Photography and Red Squirrel Crafts to display their stunning work throughout December.

Galloway Photography is the husband amd wife team of Dave and Beth Currie, who are based in Glentrool Village. Their photography is probably best described as “inspired by nature”.

Through their work they capture the awesome natural beauty of this area. The images vary from landscape shots of stunning mountain vistas to wildlife photos of a red squirrel or roaring stags, and more esoteric work encompassing the use of close-up or long exposure photography.

Living in the only village within Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, they are Dave and Beth are in prime position for night photography as evidenced by some of their stunning and hugely popular starscapes.

Dave became interested in photography when he purchased his first 35mm SLR film camera back in 1985. As a chemistry researcher, he enjoyed many hours in the dark room working with his own film-developing chemicals, but it was the emergence of digital technology, and the immediacy of that medium, that allowed Dave to really develop his photographic talents.

Beth splits her time between photography and her other passion, crochet jewellery and Red Squirrel Crafts. She works with tiny crochet hooks, fine cotton thread, semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver and copper, to create unique and colourful jewellery inspired by the natural beauty of Galloway.

The gallery is openMonday to Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-1 and 1.30-4.30. Entry is free and the exhibit runs until mid-January.