Summer exhibition opens

Kirkcudbright’s annual summer art exhibition opens in Kirkcudbright Town Hall on Saturday, June 30.

Arranged by the Kirkcudbright 2000 group, with support from Dumfries and Galloway Council, the annual summer art exhibition is now established as one of the region’s main events. The previous two exhibitions on the Glasgow Girls and the Glasgow Boys attracted around 30,000 visits each over two months.

This year’s exhibition has been called Gifted. Unlike previous years, it is not based on a particular grouping of Scottish artists but on local fine art collections, and especially on art works which have been generously bequeathed or donated to Dumfries and Galloway Council, in order that everyone can have an opportunity to see and enjoy them.

The receipt of two major bequests to the council in 2011 prompted this exhibition – from William Brown Kirkpatrick OBE (late of Sandyhills) and Dorothie Hewlett (originally from Kelton near Dumfries, latterly of London).

A sample of 52 works from these bequests and other donations has been selected for the exhibition from the collections held by the Stewartry Museum and Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries. The result is an eclectic but inspiring mix of largely 20th century Scottish and European art. Works by familiar local artists, such as Charles Oppenheimer of Kirkcudbright, and contemporary Scottish artists, such as John Bellany, share the same space as an etching from Pablo Picasso and screenprints by Henri Matisse. Landscapes, portraits, figurative and abstract works are all represented in a range of media.

The exhibition runs until August 27 and is open every day (including Sundays) from 10am to 5pm.

There is free admission but donations are very welcome to help ensure that the Kirkcudbright 2000 group can continue to stage exhibitions of this scale and quality.

The main exhibition is also supported by exhibitions of art and craft work in the ground floor rooms of Kirkcudbright Town Hall, including work by artists and makers based at the WASPS studio in Kirkcudbright.