Highlights of art trove

Whether you are local or visiting the region, this summer is the perfect time to discover more about the artwork held in the Dumfries and Galloway Council collections.

Dumfries and Galloway is home to more than 1000 artworks, and the Highlights exhibition offers a chance to view some of the best examples of work by Scottish artists dating from the 1850s to the present day, including works by the Scottish Colourists, Glasgow Boys, Elizabeth Blackadder and John Bellany.

The artworks have been selected from the Dumfries and Galloway Council and Dumfriesshire Educational Trust collections held at Gracefield, with contributions from Annan Museum, the Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright and Stranrear Museum. A full colour booklet accompanies the exhibition priced £3.

Still to come this summer, there are lots of free hands-on family activities to enjoy inspired by the artworks in the exhibition:

Among them are –

Wednesday, July 11: Felting fruit with artist Janet Renouf-Miller.

Wednesday, July 18: Travel diaries with artist Isabell Buenz.

Wednesday, July 25: Mischievous monkeys with artist Pamela Grace.

Wednesday, August 1: Japanese paper sculptures with artist Pamela Grace.

Wednesday, August 8: Life in pattern with artist Pamela Grace.

Bookings can be made for either 10am-noon or 2-4pm (a refundable deposit will be requested). Visit the website at www.dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield or call 01387 262084 for details.

If you can’t make any of these days there will still be a drop-in art room to try your hand at art activities inspired by the Highlights exhibition. Entry to Gracefield Arts Centre is free and usual opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Alongside the main exhibition, Gracefield craft shop is delighted to be showing works by Linda Evans, who creates beautiful, unique stitched decorative collage/textile pictures. Linda says: “I am a contemporary mixed media/textile artist, drawing inspiration from a wide variety of sources. I work with colour, pattern and embellishment, combining these with recycled materials and fabrics to create unique decorative textile pieces.”

Her work is on show until Saturday, September 1. The Gracefield craft shop is open Tuesday-Friday 10.30-3.30pm, Saturday 10-5pm and can be found in Gallery 2 with the café, art activity rooms and main exhibition.