Local art goes on show

A GROUP of local artists are exhibiting at the Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright, from May 21 to June 2.

Anyone who knows the Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright’s first gallery, created from a derelict fisherman’s cottage in the 1950s, will appreciate the atmosphere generated by its past and the intimacy of the present.

So what better place to host a new exhibition of paintings, in watercolour and acrylic, by Kie Stewart, supported by old school friends (not so much of the old!) Gabrielle Harrington (used to be Taylor) and Kaye Brown (used to be Smith).

All three were educated at the Douglas Ewart High School in the 1950 and 1960s and have not forgotten the encouragement they received from the then art teacher Jack Maltman. Despite following diverse careers, the painting bug has risen to the surface and flourished in more recent years resulting in a number of successful exhibitions.

This year, once again, they are joined by friend Peter Campbell who hails from Canada, now resident in Kirkcudbright, and carves the most tactile bowls, clocks, barometers and spoons from fallen and forgotten timber, finishing them to a fine glow. He is currently working on a mask which he will continue carving during the exhibition.

The exhibition ends on Jubilee Day, June 2, when Kirkcudbright will be leading the Stewartry celebrations.

Opening times are 9.30-5.30pm daily and entry is free.