Summer show set to open

Kirkcudbright’s Whitehouse Gallery is preparing to open its popular Summer Exhibition.

It will open this Saturday (June 29) and will run until Sunday, August 25, seven days a week.

The preview will be this Saturday, with doors open from 11am. All are welcome to attend, and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and some handmade chocolates.

This annual exhibition is a wonderful mix of gallery favourites alongside some of Scotland’s most celebrated fine artists and new exhibitors.

This year will be the first time that Walter Awlson and Joyce Gunn Cairn MBE will exhibit some of their figurative work at the Whitehouse. Walter is best known for his ceramic sculpture, but his technical ability in drawing which formed the basis of his sculptural work eventually lead him into painting. Walter is now forging a name for himself in this field with his stunning figurative work.

The Scotsman recently described Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE as being “one of the most highly individual artists among our contemporaries, who is viewed as one of the doyennes in the Edinburgh art scene”. Her love of literature is evident in a couple of paintings in this exhibition, one which is inspired by Branwell Bronte’s painting of his famous sisters, and another entitled ‘Lady Lazarus, inspired by the poem of that name by Sylvia Plath.

Figurative work will also be exhibited by returning local artist Adam German, whose debut at the gallery last Christmas was a sell-out.

Other new artists to the gallery include Alison McWhirter, Caroline Bailey and Ann Ross RSW. Dumfries-born Alison “is rapidly becoming one of Scotland’s best loved and most admired new Scottish Colourists” (Scotland on Sunday). Her oils are largely focused upon flowers and still life.

Colour is also important for Caroline Bailey when painting her semi-abstract land and seascapes. By focusing upon shape, colour and layering of texture, Caroline hopes to convey the feel and atmosphere of the place.

Other applied arts and craft include jewellery, furniture, ceramics, sculpture, glass, baskets, pewter tableware, prints and cards.

The Whitehouse Gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

For more information, please contact us on 01557 330223, or visit us