Winter exhibition to open

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Tis almost the season to be jolly, and to start the festive season off with a bang, the Whitehouse Gallery opens its annual winter exhibition.

The doors will open for preview from 11am on Saturday, November 3, when all are welcome to attend and enjoy bubbly and handmade chocolates. The exhibition will run until Saturday, January 5.

The recurring theme of this annual exhibition is small and affordable. There is a nice mix of favourite gallery regular exhibitors alongside brand new fine art and craft makers, combining multiple mediums and styles to hopefully provide lots of variety, with a little something for everyone.

The Whitehouse is welcoming two outstanding landscape painters to the gallery, Paul Bennett and Grace McDonald Cameron. Both hold a fascination with the sea in particular, and their semi-abstract interpretations are both dramatic and atmospheric. Each artist likes to add layers and rich textures, poured paint and brush/palette knife marks to create a painting which is most definitely a painting. The results are exquisite.

For something a bit different, there are still life paintings by Gwen Adair and Aileen Wrennall. Local artist Gwen enjoys still life painting as it lets her explore the colours and textures of the things around her, while Aileen is inspired by the vibrant, strong or delicate colours in many flowers which often mark a starting point for her still life works. There will also be some striking figurative paintings from local artist Adam German.

Returning fine artists include Fiona Millar with her art deco style beltie landscape and still life paintings, local scenes painted by Stewart Lammie and Kevan McGinty and semi-abstract still life work by James Fraser. The Whitehouse is also pleased to welcome back Helen Tabor with her magical figurative and land/seascape oils, as well as Emma Williams with her contemporary vibrant still life works.

There will be a nice mix of Applied art and craft, with a few new makers thrown into the mix. These include unique assemblages by Linda Lovett of Beastie Brooches, combining verdigris copper animals with a mixture of broken teacups, ceramics and other trinkets. The result is something really rather magical to hang on the wall.

New jewellery will be provided by designer Cindy Ashbridge, whose collection of contemporary jewellery features translucent quartz and semi-precious gemstones which reveal designs hidden beneath. Her silver and gold jewellery features patterns influenced by nature, ethnic symbols and primitive jewellery designs, resulting in eye catching and bold pieces.

Felt-maker Linda Keith will be exhibiting some of her felted merino wool wall pieces, scarves and cushions, whilst Sarah Wilson is showing some of her driftwood sculptural pieces. There is also an abundance of regular craft makers including ceramic and bronze animal sculpture by Paul Jenkins, ceramic sculpture by Urpu Sellar and Helen Kemp, glassware by Stuart Akroyd and Helen Davies, ceramic tableware by Kinsman-Blake, wood and furniture by Phil Crennell, jewellery by Lesley Strickland, Kate Hamilton Hunter and a variety of designers, driftwood sculpture by Shirley Vauvelle and Lynn Muir, basket ware by Trevor Leat, prints, cards and more.