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Birds in the Garden by Clare Melinsky

Spring Fling @ Home showcases the art and crafts of this year’s open studios weekend participants in various room settings at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries WORDS CAROL HOGARTH PHOTOGRAPHY COLIN TENNANT FOR SPRING FLING

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magine a house with the best contemporary art and photography on the walls, the finest bespoke furniture in each room, stunning handcrafted ceramics and sculpture on every surface, and a wealth of stylish textiles and jewellery scattered throughout… Now imagine that all these treasures are from Dumfries & Galloway. That’s the ‘dream come true’ conjured up by Spring Fling for its flagship exhibition which opened at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries on March 15. Each room of the centre’s Gallery 1 has become an art lover’s paradise - a dining room, lounge, hallway, bedroom, dressing room and workshop - featuring more than 100 pieces of art and crafts by the participants in

Spring Fling 2014 Open Studios weekend which runs from May 24 to 26. Spring Fling chairwoman Hazel Campbell told guests at the exhibition’s opening: “The idea was to let you see what everything would look like in situ. It’s been tremendous fun setting it up.” Spring Fling Director Leah Black said: “We wanted to show how you could furnish and decorate your home from high-quality work produced within the region. These days the range extends from wallpapers, textiles and pictures through to furniture and ceramics – the creativity of our region is quite amazing.” As Spring Fling Media Partner for 2014, Dumfries & Galloway Life was described by Hazel at the opening as: “vibrant, giving an uplifting

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‘The idea was to let you see what everything would look like in situ’ message to everyone about what D&G has to offer, in many ways like Spring Fling.” Commissioning Editor Andrea Thompson spoke about the value of Spring Fling to the region and urged guests to be inspired by the creativity on display. The prize winners of a Spring Fling primary school poster competition were announced just before the @Home opening. On the theme of “What Dumfries & Galloway means to me”, 250 entries were submitted and the winner, with her image of an iconic Belted Galloway cow, was P2 Carsphairn Primary School pupil Naomi McCreath. Runners-up were Lewis Saunderson of Crossmichael Primary School and Nathan Gibson of Heathhall Primary School. Naomi won £100, her school received £200, and her poster will be used all over Britain to promote Spring Fling. Spring Fling @ Home runs until May 3. It follows three national exhibitions of Spring Fling work, at The Lighthouse in Glasgow in February, The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle (April 9 - May 18) and James Harvey British Art in London (April 24 - 26). Two more Spring Fling exhibitions in Dumfries & Galloway are Springing Wild at Annan Museum (April 1 - May 31) featuring the work of visual artists and photographers inspired by wildlife, and Logan, at Logan Botanic Gardens, Drummore (May 2 - 31) featuring art and sculpture inspired by nature. See www.spring-fling.co.uk.

And the winners are... Spring Fling primary school poster competition winner Naomi McCreath of Carsphairn Primary School with her Beltie entry and runners-up Lewis Saunderson of Crossmichael Primary School and Nathan Gibson of Heathhall Primary School. DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY LIFE / MAY 2014

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