Thursday, 21 February 2013

Photos from 'Meet the Artist' with Lisa Hooper

Here are some photos from our 'Meet the artist' event in the gallery with Printmaker Lisa Hooper.

Jill and Inga in the kitchen
Inga was mulling the cider and mixing the drinks and did a fantastic job.

Lisa's demo table all set up and ready to go

We hung a solo show of Lisa's work in the large room at the front of the gallery. It's great to see all her work together, and so many new prints. I especially like her new work inspired by Inuit art.

Japanese woodblock and tools
Lisa brought a Japanese woodblock 'Black Throated Diver' to print in the gallery. This technique uses waterbased paint and ink and you don't need a printing press, it's ideal for demonstrations away from the studio.
Quite a crowd gathered to watch

Lisa Hooper and her husband Alan

The lovely stained glass panel in the door through to the gallery kitchen

The finished print
It was a great day and we're really thankful to Lisa, who put such a lot of work into her demonstration and talk, not to mention all the work on the walls.

The exhibition continues until 2nd March.

Friday, 15 February 2013


Our current Lisa Hooper exhibition includes a large multi plate linocut 'Forsinard'.

Lisa has incorporated text from a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem:

Let them be left wildness and wet
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet

Perhaps because of these very poignant and meaningful words the linocut has been used to illustrate an article in the January/February issue of Resurgence Magazine. You can read the article by clicking on it at the top of this Blog entry and also on the Resurgence web site.

Our solo Lisa Hooper exhibition is in the large room at the front of the gallery and still in its first week has already proved to be very successful. It runs until the 2nd of March. I will be adding new images to our web site next week.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

News from our artists

Congratulations are due to a few of our brilliant artists.

Current President of the Paisley Art Institute, Michael Durning has been given The Diploma of Artist Membership of the Paisley Art Institute, which abbreviates to PAI. This is awarded by the Institute on the recommendation of the Credentials Committee whose members are themselves holders of the Diploma. So, his new post-nominals are Michael Durning PPAI PAI. The letters PAI are granted in perpetuity and at any one time only 35 living artists hold this honour. Michael is doing a sterling job as President of the Society at the moment and really deserves this recognition of his work.

James Cosgrove PAI has been elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). He joins the 123 elected members who are permitted use the title RSW after their name. Many congratulations Jimmy!

And finally, Simon Laurie RSW RGI is featured in the January/February issue of Homes and Interiors Scotland Magazine in their 'True Colours' article, which showcases contemporary Scottish painters who are well known for their use of colour. If you click on the article below it will enlarge so you can read it.