Members are springing into action just now, with exhibitions and open studio events galore. The society's president, Hazel Campbell, is mounting her first major solo show at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, from May 28 to July 9, featuring new work from the past three years.
Hazel's studio at Kelton, Castle Douglas, will also be open for Spring Fling weekend - May 28 to 30 - and visitors will be able to see more of her paintings and preparatory work for the Gracefield show.
Works by Alayne Smith and Martine Berlemont are currently on show at Livingston's Workshop Gallery in Castle Douglas. The exhibition is on until June 4.
Alex Little is collaborating with Morag Chisholm in an exhibition of art and poetry at Parton Kirk, near Castle Douglas, coinciding with the Spring Fling weekend.
Ten DAGFAS members are opening their studios for Spring Fling weekend, May 28-30.
As well as Hazel Campbell, they are printmaker Lisa Hooper, at Port William, Newton Stewart; Angela Lawrence, at Castle Douglas; Pamela Grace, at Kirkpatrick Durham; Jane Howe, at Haugh of Urr; John Threlfall, at Rockcliffe; Ailsa Black, at Kirkbean, Dumfries; Val Macadam, also at Kirkbean; Helen Acklam, Dumfries; and Melville Brotherston, at Moniaive.
May 28 is also the day of a new art competition at Lochmaben open to amateurs and professionals. Entrants will have to create a 2D work featuring Castle Loch on the day.
See the Noticeboard for details of this and other events.
BBC art contest
BBC One is looking for ten amateur painters to showcase their talent in a new competition. "We are offering budding artists the chance to receive intensive training from some of the country’s most respected experts," they say. "This is a unique chance to unlock your potential and show to the nation your creations on canvas." Full details on their website