Friday, 25 March 2011

Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine

Our current exhibition continues to get excellent press coverage - this time in the April issue of Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine.

I've been scuttling up the road to the post office a lot this week so it's good to see our online shop working so well. I have added a lot of new pieces of art work so take a look here. We add and change things most days.

The weather has been glorious in Castle Douglas and it's lovely to be able to go out into the gallery garden and pick daffodils. Spring is here!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Saltire Medal

Back in December I wrote a Blog about a competition my brother Joss was involved with organising in his capacity as policy manager for Scottish Renewables.

The competition was open to all Art Students in Scotland. They were asked come up with a design for the Saltire Prize Medal, which will be presented to an individual who is at the forefront of wave and tidal technologies.

Here it is - the winning design - by North Glasgow College student Han Yao Fu. On Tuesday night Alex Salmond presented her with prize money of £1,000.

You can read more about the competition on the Scottish Renewables web site.

Congratulations Han Yao Fu!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Sue Dunne and the Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt

Sue Dunne in her studio

One of our current exhibitors, Sue Dunne has, for the third year running, been chosen to make ceramic eggs for the Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt. She has had the mammoth task of making 105 eggs for the event. You can read more about it here and find information on the competition here.

For the Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt Sue created eggs decorated with geranium leaves and evergreens. For our 'Flights of Fancy' exhibition she made Feathered Eggs which you can buy in our online shop, or in the gallery. Her method uses impressions of real plants and feathers in white earthenware clay, which is then painted and glazed.

If you're on twitter you can follow the progress of the hunt @peterrabbiteggs.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Win a Signed John Johnstone Book

This week we're running a competition on our Facebook Page to win a signed and illustrated copy of John Johnstone's book. Just go to the page to enter. Entries close on Friday the 18th of March at 1pm.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Opening Tonight

LARA SCOULER Helmeted and Vulturine Guinea Fowl

Our new exhibition 'Flights of Fancy' opens tonight from 7pm to 9pm. Please join us for a drink in the gallery and meet the artists.

We are rushing around the gallery making all the finishing touches but it's looking fantastic.

Most of the exhibition is online now and I will be adding the remaining pieces next week.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Gallery Garden Tidy Up

Our preparations for our new exhibition Opening on the 11th of March continue.

We have had the most glorious sunshine in Castle Douglas this week and the garden got a tidy-up. Our friends Bob and Val from Cairnsmore Nursery came to prune the trees and get the garden ready for the year ahead.

Bob and Val are Heuchera specialists and have planted our garden with lovely lime green and yellow Heucheras, which provide zesty colour all year round.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Flights of Fancy in Homes and Interiors

Our forthcoming exhibition - Flights of Fancy - is featured in the Art News pages of Homes and Interiors Scotland magazine, on page 106.

This issue (issue 76) also has a very interesting article about Castle Douglas based architect Simon Winstanley and his award winning house.  

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

New Leaflets

For 2011 we have printed new leaflets about the gallery. They're just back from the printer.

If you would like some for your business or place of work please send me a message and I'll post you some.