Baroness opens exhibition

Baroness Sweerts de Landas
Baroness Sweerts de Landas

More than 230 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures are on show in the annual exhibition of work by members of Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society, at the Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries.

The show was opened on Friday (August 30) by Baroness Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh. The baroness, who has a property near Thornhill and owns the Buccleuch and Queensbury Arms Hotel in the town, is head of the charity Art, Research, Creativity and Health, which takes music and art into hospitals and hospices.

In her opening remarks she praised the range and quality of the works on show and stressed the benefits that art could bring.

Artists from all over Dumfries and Galloway have contributed to the exhibition, the 86th since the society was founded 90 years ago by members of the distinguished Kirkcudbright group of painters, including Hornel, Oppenheimer and Chris Fergusson.

The exhibition continues until Saturday, September 28, and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (closed on Mondays).