Exhibition Program

Water - Light - Exhibition of Photographs
Modern Makers 2019

Modern Makers 2019
 The Craft of Printmaking 



Exhibition opening 6-8pm Thursday 22nd August 2019 – All welcome
Exhibition runs 23rd August – 11th September (Open Wed – Sat 10am – 5pm)
Ottersburn Gallery, 2A Nith Avenue, Dumfries
Modern Makers is a project run by Upland that enables young people (under 30 years) to work intensively over 30 days with a professional maker (or makers) to learn craft skills.
Developed from Modern Heritage Craft which began in 2013, the programme has seen young people learn skills in shoe making, furniture building, glass and jewellery. In 2016 Modern Makers enabled six young people to work collaboratively with Sam Booth (Echo Living) to design and build a bespoke bird hide for an RSPB reserve near Wigtown.  In 2017 four young people worked with internationally renowned slipware potters Fitch & McAndrew and in 2018 another group of four worked with Alex Rigg creating and designing costumes for a new performance by his company, Oceanallover.

This year’s programme has focused on the craft of printmaking and its application through exploring a range of printmaking processes. The six participants have worked closely with three established printmakers based in Dumfries & Galloway: Colin Blanchard, Pamela Grace and Hugh Bryden. The group have worked at Colin Blanchard’s studio near Waterbeck and at the Gracefield Arts Centre Print Studio experimenting with lithography, screen printing, lino cut, collagraph and etching. During the programme this year’s Modern Makers have also visited other print makers in the region including Lisa Hooper, Sarah Stewart and Claire Melinsky, gaining further insight into how different print makers create their work and how an artist / maker functions in today’s social and economic environment.

We are delighted to work with the Ottersburn Gallery to celebrate the achievements of this year’s Modern Makers and showcase a selection of print’s they have created during the programme.
The 2019 Modern Makers are: Ione McCall, Jamie Stryker, Erin Retson, Katy Billington, Blossom McCuaig and Emily Tough.
Modern Makers 2019 is supported by: The Holywood Trust, the William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.

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July has been a dark month for the Gallery after Patti Lean's exhibition was moved to October, look out for more details here, coming soon.

July into August - Water - Light 25th July - 13th August
We are interested and intrigued to be hosting an exhibition of Photographs by Gerard Robertson. This show portrays one mans fascination with Water and Light presented through his interest in Photography. 
Gerard is an amateur, enthusiastic, photographer who has often wondered what it might be like to see his images on display in a public domain and we are happy to provide for him a stage.
The exhibition opens on 25th July and runs until 13th August. The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm for browsers and picture framing enquiries.

Prints of Gerad's will be available to purchase from the browser and our framing service is on offer for these as usual. 

A social evening will be held on 26th from 7.00 pm - 9.00pm. Refreshments will be provided

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Twenty Years a Growing
From Cacafuego to Roncadora

A celebration of 20 years of poetry, prints and prize winning publications from Tom Pow and Hugh Bryden

7th June 6 - 8pm Tom and Hugh will be discussing their past collaborations over a glass of wine and they will launch their new poetry pamphlet 'Is'

On

Saturday 15th June Hugh will be hosting an afternoon of looking at and
making artists books

Come along, drop in between 2 and 5pm and make a book, or several.

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Out of the Blue - 27th April - 18th May 
Painting | Abstract ceramics  | Weaving |  Artist bookmaking

An exhibition that came by surprise. - Exploring the work of 7 of the Regions well know and less well known artist.
We are excited to be presenting work by: Kathleen Woods - Alayane Smith - Irene Rogers - Karen Menarry - Jenny Finch - Alison Fair Bixler - June Marchbank.

Out of the Blue workshop. Jenny Finch will be hosting a workshop here at Ottersburn Gallery on May 11th. Start time 10.30am and the day expects to end at 3.00pm There is a cost of £40.00 this includes all materials, canvses', paints and other materials. All you need to bring along is an open mind. Booking is essential so please contact sean at the gallery on 07798 882 731 or drop him a line sean@ottersburngallery.com and quote Out of the Blue workshop booking.

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The Print Show - Explore the art of creative printmaking.  

Demo session on 6th April 10.30 - 3.30 with Colin Blanchard and Lisa Hooper.

‘The art of printmaking has, in recent times, been through something of a tricky period; with confusion between so called ‘limited edition prints’ that are in fact reproductions of work already created, the artists original oil painting for example, and true originals that are genuine artist’s prints, usually made in editions limited by the very process of their making.

Despite that, interest in contemporary hand-crafted prints and their making continues to grow. And we hope through this show to illustrate what a diversely creative process original printmaking is.   

We are pleased to be working with a some of Dumfries and Gallloway’s established printmakers; each of whom bring wide ranging skills to the exhibition.   Claire Cameron Smith is well known for her Japanese woodblock printing, Pamela Grace for her delicate and detailed images using methods that include solar-plate etching, drypoint and plate-lithography. Colin Blanchard for linocut and screen printing, Gail Kelly for linocut work printed onto Irish linen. Emma Varley takes a more experimental approach, printing with torn paper stencils which evolve into 3D objects. Lisa Hooper is famous for her ornithological images using a range of methods including collagraph, etching and monotype.   

The exhibition, opening on 15th March and running to 22nd April will include a display of tools and equipment, printing blocks and plates along with finished prints, framed and unframed which will be available for sale. The exhibition will also include demo sessions providing a real hands on experience for those curious about hand crafted printmaking and keen to have a go.   

Further details can be obtained from Ottersburn Gallery and Picture Framing.

                                                     

Rooster and Hen, after Koson, by Claire Cameron Smith    Torn paper and stencil print by Emma Varley

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With May comes Spring Fling. 

We will be hosting Cressa McLaren - Glass Artist. Studio 67 on the Orange Route

Cressa McLaren is a glass artist. After studying Architectural Glasswork at the City of Glasgow college and having her second child, she set up Cressa’s GlassWorks in 2006. Cressa was recently based in Kirkcudbright for 10 years but has now relocated  to the Briggait WASP studios in Glasgow, where she produces a range of distinctive contemporary designs including, tableware,lighting and a collection of work 'Glass Meadow' as well as one-off commission pieces.

Cressa's work is inspired by a deep love for flowers, colour and contrast. A childhood in rural Southern Ireland, London, India and times spent in her grandmother's garden have given her a lifelong passion for colour and flowers in their many forms. Fresh, vibrant and colourful, her pieces draw on this love of botanical forms, and also give a playful interpretation of the stylised retro designs of the 1950s.

Working mainly with kiln-formed bullseye, opaque and transparent glass, she uses the techniques of fusing, slumping, draping and sandblasting the glass to create the bold outlines and contrasting colours that define her style.
Cressa uses a combination of strong colour and fine detail to create functional yet strikingly beautiful pieces.

It is important to her that her work imparts the sense of playfulness and joy with which it is made.

We look forward to hosting Cressa at Spring Fling this year.

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The Patti Lean show - June 22nd - 20th July

A solow show of work by Pattie Lean. 

More details to follow shortly.

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Alayne Smith - September, dates to be confirmed

A solow show of work by Alayne Smith.

More details to follow shortly.

 

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twas the Art Before Christmas - Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society's winter show

Exhibition runs from 1st until 22nd December 2018

We are proud to be hosting for the second year the DAGFAS winter exhibition. More than forty members of the society have submitted work for the show which opens on Saturday 1st December 2018 and runs until the 22nd.

On Saturday the 8 th of December there will be drinks and Mince Pies served between 2pm 4pm

Founded in 1922, Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society is one of the oldest art societies in the country and amongst its founding members were Jessie M. King, her husband E. A. Taylor, and Chris J. Fergusson. Early members included E.A. Hornel and Charles Oppenheimer and our records show that F.C.B. Cadell was a regular exhibitor in the 1920s.

Today the D & G Arts society has around 300 members and each year, the society arranges a winter programme of demonstrations and workshops given by professional artists, and a summer programme of workshops in different media. Members include amateurs of all levels, and non-painters who enjoy the talks and demonstrations, as well as many professional artists. DAGFAS are delighted to welcome new members at any time of year

Up to date news of the society can be found online at
www.dumfriesandgallowayfineartsociety.org.uk

It’s always fun to be hosting the fine arts society. I enjoy seeing the great mix of work that comes from the members and having a show like this at this time of year of course offers opportunities to acquire affordable original works of art as festive gifts

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Saturday November 3rd 2018 sees the opening of a new exhibition of works by

Melville Brotherston

We are excited to welcome well known local artist Melville Brotherston to Ottersburn once again.

Melville has been a regular exhibitor at Ottersburn in the past and has shown some of his work in last year’s exhibitions at the gallery but this is the first solo show by the Moniaive artist since the opening of Ottersburn under new ownership in 2017.

Art lovers will see familiar scenes of Moniaive and the landscapes from around the artist’s home but also something different as Melville offers for the first time several new works showing his love of the seas and skies of Madeira. He says:

"For this exhibition I have produced bright, colourful paintings inspired by my recent trips to Madeira. The intensity of light, colour of plants and soil, as well as the rugged mountains and coasts are strongly contrasted with the quiet glens around Moniaive and the Solway coast."

Melvilles lives and works in Moniaive where he paints full time and privately tutors drawing and painting.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 3rd November 2018 with a preview evening on Friday 2nd at 6pm

Exhibition runs until 24th November

Please also feel free to get in touch with us should you have any queries or like further information about this or up and coming events and exhibitions.

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As always keep an eye out on our social feeds, Facebook and Twitter for regularly updated information.