Thursday, 30 December 2010

Galloway News Review

A review of our current exhibition appeared in today's Galloway News. If you can't read it above here's the text:

The annual ‘Galloway’ exhibition at McGill Duncan Gallery is a tradition that dates back many years. Artists who live in Galloway, as well as artists who come to seek inspiration from the landscapes and landmarks of Galloway are taking part in the seasonal show.

Fittingly for this cold snap, there are many fantastic winter landscapes, including an atmospheric scene of Scaur Glen, in the coldest of Januarys, by Alison Proudlock.

Gallery owners Jill and Zoë Blamire have curated a special section of the exhibition along the theme of Galloway Forest’s ‘Dark Sky Park’. Galloway is the first region in the UK to be awarded ‘Dark Skies’ status by the International Dark Sky Association with the Authority of Unesco. For this part of the exhibition potters and printmakers have produced wonderfully imaginative pieces, which have been popular over the festive season.

Sue Dunne, who makes ceramics with impressions of collected plant specimens, searched for plants whose seed heads have a natural starry shape. She also used star fish and create a collage of different starry themed tiles.

Local potter Hannah McAndrew made small jugs depicting ‘Star Gazing’ as well as striking candle holders pierced with patterns of star constellations. When lit, these constellations reflect stars on a wall – a perfect tribute to the fantastic clear starry skies that we get in Galloway.

To coincide with this exhibition the gallery launched a new e-commerce web site, which means customers from across the country can now shop from the gallery online Zoe Blamire said ‘This is an exciting development for our business, we have people who regularly travel long distances to visit the gallery – it will now be much easier for them to buy art from us and it also gives local people the chance to browse online before they come to the gallery’.

The exhibition runs until the 31st of January and all work is available to purchase with ‘Own Art’ a Creative Scotland initiative to make it easy to buy art in ten interest free monthly payments.

1 comment:

Hannah said...

Hey that's lovely. Thanks Zoe!