Pictures from an exhibition
Scenes from the society's 87th annual exhibition, which ended at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, on Saturday, August 9th.
More than 200 works, including paintings, drawings, prints, and craft items, by around 90 members were selected for the show, which was opened by eminent horticulturist Allen Paterson of Grovehill, Thornhill, pictured in the sequence with exhibition organiser Kathleen Woods, chairman Fiona Robertson and the society's new president, Hazel Campbell. The president and Mr Paterson both praised the standard of exhibits.
Annual show "double"
|Dumfries-based artist Evelyn Gray achieved a double at this year's annual exhibition at Gracefield by having a painting voted the best in the show for the second year in a row. In||fact, Evelyn's large mixed-media painting this year (shown here) incorporates a smaller version of her winning picture of last year, called Knitting Socks Rocks.
The society's chairman, Fiona Robertson comments: "The show this year has been very successful. Well over a thousand people visited the exhibition and there were 19 sales. Not that sales are necessarily what it’s all about – nevertheless it’s jolly nice to see those red dots appear.
"Although, of course, we are fortunate in having a considerable number of professional artists as members, the quality of all the artwork and crafts on display seemed even better than ever this year.
"The many comments in the visitors book from people far and near appear to confirm this.
"As chairman, I’d like to thank all the members involved with the exhibition, particularly those who gave up their weekends to help with the handing-in and selection at the beginning and then the collection of the works at the end. A marvellous team."