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Welcome to

Spring Fling 2013 Once again back to its May Bank holiday slot This year we have an action packed event with 25 new participants bringing fresh, exciting ideas to Dumfries and Galloway. Two Young Bursary Award winners join us - Holly and Laura who will both be participating on the brown route near Moniaive. This year we have launched our Neighbours Scheme, and welcome three well respected artists from neighbouring regions. The Springback scheme encourages the return of some of our much loved participants with connections to the region and this year has attracted a number of new faces. In the Year of Natural Scotland, Environmental Art is playing a bigger part in the event, and we look forward to Alex Rigg’s dance performance ‘Pollen’ happening in three gardens from Moffat to Stranraer, and Robbie Coleman has three treats in store across the region with ‘Fragment’ as part of our Public Art programme. Our bus tours are increasing, and what better way to enjoy our beautiful scenery than by jumping on a Spring Fling guided tour to undiscovered locations. The Spring Fling Fringe continues to grow with many more ideas to keep visitors busy in the lovely evenings during the week surrounding the event. Finding these interesting additions will be easy this year thanks to our new fold out map highlighting evening activities and participants’ recommendations. These can all be found on our updated Spring Fling app.

We are indebted to Dumfries and Galloway Council for their continued support. Thanks must also go to the Board for committing so much time to the event, and particularly to Leah Black, our manager and her assistant Tonia Lu, not only for their hard work, but for the inspiration and enthusiasm that is driving this event forward. Our thanks must also go to The Holywood Trust and to The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER programme for the confidence demonstrated in the future of Spring Fling. The Spring Fling team hope you enjoy your visit to Dumfries and Galloway, looking at its best at this time of year. Discover side roads, hidden villages and magical scenery, undiscovered beaches and vibrant towns. Walk, cycle, or just stand and look! You are in one of Scotland’s most magical regions enjoying one of Scotland’s most successful events! Hazel Campbell Chair Spring Fling Open Studios


Essential Information

Taster Exhibitions

Spring Fling 2013 takes place on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May. All studios are open from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm each day.

With 93 artists and makers participating in Spring Fling 2013, a new format Pop-up Taster at Gracefield over the Easter Weekend, and a brand new Taster Exhibition in the east of the region which runs over the Spring Fling weekend, this is your opportunity to preview and purchase art work and offers a unique chance to begin to plan your Spring Fling weekend. Most of the artists work is for sale, unless otherwise stated. The exhibitions’ dates are as follows:

If you are Friend of Spring Fling please remember your Friendship Card to take advantage of the array of benefits, discounts and offers available both in studios and with local businesses over the Spring Fling weekend and throughout the year. Please see p5 for more information. With a larger scale more detailed foldout map and the reintroduction of the coloured routes we hope you will find the 2013 maps both user friendly and fun. Please note our new banners for Springback, Neighbours, Young Artists, Mentors, Wigtown Resident and Grads which appear alongside some artists’ names - you can find out more about these programmes on p5.

Prize Draw The 2013 Spring Fling Prize Draw is generously sponsored by Trigony House Hotel and offers the chance for visitors to win vouchers to spend on art plus luxury accommodation and fine dining. 1st Prize: A £200 voucher to spend in the studio of your choice + one nights stay for two people at Trigony House Hotel* in a Superior room including dinner, bed & breakfast for two 2nd Prize: A £100 voucher to spend in the studio of your choice + one nights stay for two people in a Classic room at Trigony House Hotel* including bed & breakfast for two 3rd Prize: A £50 voucher to spend in the studio of your choice Several smaller prizes will also be awarded. To enter simply pick up a Prize Draw card from Gracefield Arts Centre or any other Spring Fling venue; remember to collect at least three stickers from the studios you visit, complete the questions and post back (freepost) by the deadline to be in with a chance of winning. An online version of the Prize Draw questions will also be available from www.spring-fling.co.uk.

*Trigony House Hotel is situated at Closeburn, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 5EZ

Pop-up Taster Weekend & Brochure Launch Gracefield Arts Centre Easter Weekend: Friday 29 - Sunday 31 March 2013 Launch Event Thursday 28 March 6.30 - 8pm 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ

Taster Exhibitions Stranraer Museum Private View Friday 19 April 7pm 20 April - 11 May 2013 The Old Town Hall, George Street Stranraer, DG9 7JP

T Annan Museum Private View Friday 17 May 7pm 18 May - 15 June Bank Street, Town Centre, Annan, DG12 6AA

Icon Key Wheelchair access

Toilet facilities

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Also open through the year by appointment

Gentle Reminder Please note that many studios do not take credit or debit cards so please remember to take cash or a chequebook with you! Participants would like to politely request that visitors do not take photographs of their studios or work without checking with them first. Please also do your bit for the environment by passing on this brochure when you have finished with it.

Get In Touch For further information about Spring Fling please contact Spring Fling Project Manager Leah Black on 01387 213 218, 07544 556 350 or leah@spring-fling.co.uk. For up to date news and events visit our website www.spring-fling.co.uk. To interact with us online follow us on Twitter @spring_fling or Like our Facebook page Spring Fling.


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Getting Here Dumfries and Galloway is well served by the railway network with train stations at Lockerbie, Gretna, Annan, Dumfries, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Stranraer on routes between London, Manchester, Newcastle, Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

All tours start at 10am. Please note that in addition to the official start and end points stated below all tours will start and end at CatStrand, New Galloway, DG7 3RN. The route and timing of all trips is left to the discretion of the driver taking everything into account including safety issues.

To find out more about travelling to Dumfries and Galloway by train, bus or ferry visit www.swestrans.org.uk

Planned tours and pick up & drop off points are as follows:

Getting Around Public Transport: For local public transport information, including journey planning, please contact Traveline Scotland (0871 200 2233, www.travelinescotland.com) By Car: The following are approximate travelling times by road within Dumfries and Galloway: Dumfries to Moniaive (30 minutes) Moniaive to St John’s Town of Dalry (20 minutes) Dumfries to Eskdalemuir (60 minutes) Lockerbie to Dumfries (20 minutes) Dumfries to Castle Douglas (30 minutes) Castle Douglas to Kirkcudbright (20 minutes) Kirkcudbright to Wigtown (50 minutes) Stranraer to Wigtown (40 minutes) Gatehouse of Fleet to Portpatrick (60 minutes)

Green Studio Hopping Magical Mystery Bus Tour All aboard for the popular Spring Fling Magical Mystery Bus Tours! Hop on at 10am at one of the designated locations and hop off again at the same location at around 5pm having visited at least five Spring Fling studios en route. Due to popular demand this year we have increased the tours to six over the weekend. Early booking is recommended as places book up quickly and there are a limited number of tickets for each tour.

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Saturday 25 May Yellow Route Tour - Pick-up point Newton Stewart Purple/Brown Route Tour - Pick-up point Castle Douglas Sunday 26 May Orange/Purple Route Tour - Pick-up point Castle Douglas Green/Brown Route - Pick-up point Dumfries

On Monday 27th May we will be offering two rides, a 50 mile round trip to Kirkcudbright and a 35 mile ride to Moniaive, both starting from Barnsoul at 9:30am. Both Kirkcudbright and Moniaive offer a splendid variety of studios and good eating spots. For more details of the rides (and the Rally) please contact Mike Gray: E: grayjohnmichael@aol.com T: 07751 978563 W: www.dandgcycling.org.uk www.ctcscotland.org.uk All riders are welcome and we take an easy pace on the shorter rides, but please contact the organisers to check details prior to joining any of the rides.

Spring Fling Guided Walk

Monday 27 May Blue Route Tour - Pick-up point Castle Douglas Red Route Tour - Pick-up point Dumfries

Organised by Galloway Holidays, the ever-popular leisurely Sunday walking tour is sure to invigorate and inspire.

Tickets cost £10 per person and can be booked through CatStrand, New Galloway: T: 01644 420374

Starting Time and Location - Sunday 26 May. Gather 1.30pm for 1.40pm start from outside Old Smugglers Inn in Auchencairn.

Friends of Spring Fling will receive a 10% discount; please quote your SFF number when booking.

Route - Visit the studios of Jennie Ashmore, Trevor Leat and Janet O’Donnell in and around Auchencairn and include a walk to Red Haven Bay and Torr Point.

For more information on the Magical Mystery Bus Tours please phone Spring Fling: T: 01387 213218 E: info@spring-fling.co.uk

Spring Fling Bike Rides This year Spring Fling coincides with the CTC Scotland and D&G Kirkpatrick MacMillan Cycle Rally held at the Barnsoul campsite near Shawhead. There will be rides focused on visiting studios on both Saturday 25 and Monday 27 May. On Saturday 25 May the bike ride will leave Barnsoul at 10am for Kirkpatrick Durham (lunch there in the Village Hall), returning to Barnsoul via Glenkiln and the famous statues - an easy 22 mile route.

Terrain - Paths and grass field. Walks Grade moderate. Clothing - sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing to suit weather conditions. Distance 4.5 miles. For further details please contact Robin Hogg, Galloway Holidays (Walking and Cycling Holidays) Castle Douglas E: mail@gallowayholidays.co.uk T: 01556502979 W: www.gallowayholidays.co.uk

Accommodation For an array of accommodation options for your stay during Spring Fling - visit www.dumfries-andgalloway.co.uk


New Programmes With 25 new artists and makers taking part this year, some through new schemes and programmes, here is a key to the banners appearing on artists pages: Our Springback Scheme (formerly the Homecomer Scheme) allows artists who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway to take part in Spring Fling; many grew up in the region, and some have lived or worked in Dumfries and Galloway in recent years. Springback

Neighbour New for 2013, our Neighbours Scheme was introduced to strengthen our links with artists and makers from neighbouring regions and allows a limited number of them to take part in Spring Fling in venues just across the border from where they live and work.

Spring Fling Friends Scheme Our Friends Scheme continues to blossom and we are humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness and support of our current Friends. In addition to supporting the event there are many benefits to becoming a Friend of Spring Fling. Look out for this icon online, in studios and in local businesses and redeem Friends offers and discounts

Benefits All Friends receive: • Spring Fling Friendship Card - with your Friendship number • An advance copy of the full colour Spring Fling brochure (UK only) • Advance knowledge on who has been selected for Spring Fling • Monthly Friends e-newsletter • Up to 20% discount and other exciting offers from over 70 Spring Fling artists during the event • Invitations to Spring Fling exhibitions and special events • Discounts on selected Spring Fling Fringe events and activities • 10% discount on the Spring Fling Magical Mystery Bus Tour • 10% discount in the Spring Fling online shop • Discounts with local businesses through ‘Whilst in D&G’

Young Artist Our Young Artists Programme awards a bursary and a period of mentoring to a recent graduate with a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. Mentor Our Mentoring Programme is linked to the Young Artists Programme and to this each Mentor has dedicated their time and professional expertise. Wigtown Resident Working with the Wigtown Book Festival, Spring Fling each year hosts the second part of this collaborative residency. Grad New for 2013, our Grads Scheme supports emerging artists and makers who have recently graduated.

Prices Friend For One Year Individual £15 Couple / Family £25* Friend For Life Individual £100 Couple / Family) £160* * Couple / Family friendship is available for 2 adults at the same address and all their children and grandchildren aged under 18.

How to Become a Friend Please sign-up in one of the following ways: • Download, complete and post us a form from the Spring Fling website • Sign-up in our online shop www.spring-fling.co.uk/shop/friend-of-spring-fling • Complete and return the Friends sign up form on the new Spring Fling fold-out map For Friends who join between 25 - 27 May the same incentives will apply. For more information on the Friends Scheme please contact Spring Fling Friends Scheme on friends@spring.fling.co.uk

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Young Artists Mentoring Programme Holly Clothier Mentored by Lucianne Lassalle Holly Clothier uses mixed media and textiles to create conceptual, unconventional, organic 3D sculptures, maximising the capabilities of the materials to express unresolved emotions and fears which manifest themselves in nightmares. A 2012 graduate from Loughborough University, Holly Clothier studied Multi-Media Textiles. Now 23 and living in Leicester, Holly’s family roots are in Dumfries and she has maintained strong links with Dumfries and Galloway since childhood. In the run up to Spring Fling Holly will be mentored by Lucianne Lassalle (Studio 52, p41), a sculptor and painter who has lived and worked in Dumfries and Galloway for many years. Holly will show her work during Spring Fling 2013 on the Brown Route (Studio 53, p42).

Laura Perry Mentored by Denise Zygadlo Specialising in printed textiles, Laura Perry graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA Honours in Textile Design in 2011. Inspired by architectural structures and their range of colours, Laura likes to contrast harsh lines and geometric shapes with soft fluid fabrics. Now 24, Laura spent periods of her childhood with family in Dumfries and Galloway and continues to find inspiration in the region, travelling from her home in South Ayrshire. Laura, in the run up to Spring Fling will be mentored by Denise Zygadlo (studio 64, p49) an artist whose primary interest is the exploration of the relationship between the human body and cloth. Laura will show her work during Spring Fling 2013 on the Brown Route (Studio 54, p42).

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Graduate Exhibition Having been influenced and inspired by workshops with three past and present Spring Fling artists; Isabell Buenz, Hope London and Katharine Wheeler, a group of 17 emerging artists and makers from Dumfries and Galloway College have been invited to hold their graduate exhibition to coincide with Spring Fling 2013. The work of the students is diverse, from painting to printing and ceramics. Organised and delivered by the students, the exhibition is titled ‘Studio 2086’ and can be viewed by visiting The Bakers Oven in the centre of Dumfries (High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2QT).

About the 2013 Spring Fling workshop leaders: Isabell Buenz is an artist who works with paper, using this versatile material to create artists’ books, paper sculptures, installations and her whimsical paper shoes. Her pieces often include photography and text. With a background in law, artist Hope London’s 25 years experience have influenced her satirical graphic novel “M. Contraband Esq., Punk Lawyer” which tackles the subject of legal issues affecting the arts and creative industries. Katharine Wheeler, an artist specialising in portraiture and figurative work graduated in 2001 and takes part in Spring Fling as a Springback artist. This year Katharine can be found in studio 67, p52.


Digital Spring Fling

The Blog

As we continue to innovate digitally with our smart phone app and online shop, and to reach further and wider through our website, social media and blog, there are many ways to connect, be involved, and keep in the loop with all things Spring Fling.

Fresh on the blog each Friday is our hugely popular LILO Q&A. This began as a series of lectures in 2012 (Looking In - Looking Out) and has blossomed into a weekly unique and un-edited insight into what, where and why artists create in the spaces they choose.

The Smart Phone App Our Smart Phone App was launched in 2012 and has been further developed with new features for 2013. Our Smart Phone App aids visitors in the navigation of studios and gives visitors the chance to customise their searches based on discipline, type of artwork, or studio location. The app is available on both iPhone and Android platforms.

The Website The dynamic Spring Fling website offers up to date artists news, press and media coverage, details on the Spring Fling Fringe and much more besides.

Also on the blog - gain an insight into what happens behind the scenes of Spring Fling with blog posts by the Spring Fling team, fascinating guest blog posts by artists and those we work closely with to make Spring Fling happen.

Social Media Why not connect with us, join the conversation and keep up to date with what’s happening both in the run up to and during Spring Fling, and throughout the year. Spring Fling Open Studios

@spring_fling

And also find us on:

www.spring-fling.co.uk

The Online Shop For year round indulgence the Spring Fling Online Shop is open for business with a wide range of artwork to suit all budgets, with each and every artwork handmade by Spring Fling artists and makers in Scotland. New for 2013 and a perfect gift for the discerning art lover, Spring Fling gift vouchers are now available in the online shop - these can be redeemed in artists studios over the Spring Fling weekend or throughout the year in the online shop. Friends of Spring Fling also receive discount in the online shop, turn to page 5 to find out how to become a Friend of Spring Fling.

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The Spring Fling Fringe We are delighted to present the inaugural Spring Fling Fringe. Occurring across the region and throughout the weekend, these music, performance, food and drink events compliment Spring Fling. Please see each individual listing for event timings and how to book.

Friday 24 May F1 Working with Chocolate and Chocolate Tasting 6pm-8pm

At the event there will be a chocolate workshop or a tasting session in small groups (maximum of 6 in each session), where people get the opportunity to work with chocolate and an experienced chocolatier. 1 George St, Langholm DG13 0AE Ticket Price: £25 Friends Discount: 10%discount Booking Essential Contact: Dennis Cockburn 01387 380376 thechocolateman@abbottschocolates.co.uk Route: Red Type of Event: Food / Drink

F2 POLLEN

6.30pm - 7.30pm Drifting westwards across the region during Spring Fling POLLEN examines growth and the migration of ideas, traveling from darkness into light and back. Pollen and fungal spores fill the spaces between the air that we breathe, our bodies become a vessel for the passage of floral population. This is a Year of Natural Scotland project and is the beginning of a series of performance events linking Scotland, Slovakia and France.

Craigieburn Gardens, Moffat DG10 9LF Contact: Oceanallover (Alex Rigg) live@oceanallover.co.uk Route: Red Type of Event: Performance / Music

F3 ‘Caper’ Ceilidh 7pm-12am

Ceilidh Dancing into the night with three piece Ceilidh band ‘Caper’. Finger buffet and bar. Dundrennan Village Hall, The Terrace, Dundrennan DG6 4QH Ticket Price: £12 Booking Essential Contact: Isobel Henkelmann 01557 500588 info@barcloy.co.uk Route: Purple Type of Event: Performance / Music

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F4 Shooglenifty 7:30pm

D&G Arts Festival and The CatStrand Present: Shooglenifty A wild mix of trad talent and super funky phonics melding heritage and hedonism. A supremely dexterous and witty live band, their energetic live performances have kept them in constant demand. Dalry School, Kirkland Street, St John’s Town of Dalry DG7 3UX Ticket Price: £12/10 Contact: The CatStrand 01644 420374 Route: Brown Type of Event: Performance / Music

F5 Wing and a Prayer 7.30pm - 9.30pm

The “Spring It On!” weekend of events kicks off with an evening of accoustic blues with Dave Dick and Jim Gilbert, who are “Wing and a Prayer”. It’ll be a unique gig with ticket numbers limited, so booking is essential. Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall, St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DU Ticket Price: £8.50 Friends Discount: £7.50 Booking Essential Contact: Ian Cameron-Smith 07803 228504 ian@cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk Route: Purple Type of Event: Performance / Music

Drumlanrig Castle Gardens, Thornhill, DG3 4AG Ticket Price: Free* (Booking not required) Contact: Oceanallover (Alex Rigg) live@oceanallover.co.uk Route: Green Type of Event: Dance / Theatre

* Admission Charge to Drumlanrig Gardens applies Adults £6, Children £3.50, Concessions £4.50, Under 5’s Free

F8 “TEA FOR TWO” 11.30am - 3.00pm

Come and indulge yourself with a delicious Afternoon Tea. Freshly made homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches whilst enjoying a local pianist play the Hall’s mini-grand piano. Ecclefechan Village Hall is delighted to welcome everyone to our “Tea for Two” event. Ecclefechan Village Hall, Townfoot, Ecclefechan DG11 3DR Ticket Price: Adults £4.00 / Children £2.00 Contact: Jill Callander 07515 190595 Route: Red Type of Event: Food / Drink

F9 Art Tour of Drumlanrig 6.00pm to 8.00pm

An intriguing guided tour of Drumlanrig Castle and its exceptional art collection. Cheese & Wine will follow, served in The Stewards Room at the heart of the Castle. Tickets £20, booking essential. Tour commences 6pm. Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate, F6 Opera A La Carte: Carmen Thornhill, Dumfries DG3 4AQ 8:00pm Ticket Price: £20 Booking Essential Presented by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Contact: Spring Fling Event Enquiries A special intimate night of opera in the round. 01848 331555 / enquiries@drumlanrig.com Carmen the smouldering gypsy seductress sets light to Route: Green Type of Event: Food / Drink Don Jose’s passion. Having ensnared another victim she sees her fate in the cards as Don Jose’s jealousy F10 Cider Tour rises up to overwhelm her. 6-8pm Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Tour of the Scottish cidery including a Stovie Supper. Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA Adults only. Guided talk will feature the history of Ticket Price: £22 cider making, Scottish Variety Apples, cider making Contact: The Midsteeple 01387 253383 process, finishing with a selection of sample ciders midsteeple@dumgal.gov.uk and a Scottish Stovie Supper. Route: Orange Type of Event: Performance / Music Burnfoot Farmhouse, Westerkirk, Langholm DG13 0NG Ticket Price: £8.00 Booking to be made 2 days prior to the event F7 POLLEN Contact: Waulkmill Cider 01387 370203 1pm start (performance will last approx. 1 hour) info@waulkmillcider.co.uk Drifting westwards across the region during Spring Route: Red Type of Event: Food / Drink Fling POLLEN examines growth and the migration of ideas, traveling from darkness into light and back. F11 Wine, Cheese and Art Conversation Pollen and fungal spores fill the spaces between the 7.00pm - 10.00pm air that we breathe, our bodies become a vessel for Wine and cheese in the company of artists and the passage of floral population. practitioners. Discussions will be in the interest This is a Year of Natural Scotland project and is the beginning of a of the local artistic community. series of performance events linking Scotland, Slovakia and France. Topics: How the landscape and culture of D&G inspires artists. The impact of and significance of Scotland-England border sculpture.

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The CatStrand, High Street, New Galloway DG7 3RN Ticket Price: £3 Booking Essential Contact: The CatStrand 01644 420374 info@catstrand.com Route: Blue Type of Event: Food / Drink

F12 National Theatre of Scotland: Calum’s Road 7.30pm

Presented by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Calum MacLeod, having battled the inaction of authorities on Raasay, sets off alone with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow to build a road that will connect up the island. A remarkable true story of one man’s single-minded determination. Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JH Ticket Price: £12 Contact: The Midsteeple 01387 253383 midsteeple@dumgal.gov.uk Route: Orange Type of Event: Performance / Music

F13 Kirkmahoe Concerts: The Amy Geddes Trio 7:30pm

Presented by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival At the forefront of contemporary Scottish fiddle playing, Amy has an assured and unique approach firmly rooted in the tradition yet enhanced by a wealth of musical experience. She is joined by Kevin MacKenzie (guitar) and Tom Lyne (double bass). Kirkton Church, Kirkton, DG1 1ST Ticket Price: £10 Contact: The Midsteeple 01387 253383 midsteeple@dumgal.gov.uk Route: Red Type of Event: Performance / Music

F14 Spring Sing 8.00pm until late

The Bladnoch Distillery is the perfect setting for this showcase of some of the most original singer/ songwriters in The Machars - Steve Dowling, The Cochranes, Hope London and more to be confirmed. Book early to ensure seating. Ticket Price: £7.50 Booking Essential Contact: Wigtown Festival Box Office, 01988 403 222 mail@wigtownbookfestival.com Route: Yellow Type of Event: Performance / Music

Sunday 26 May F15 Dryfe Valley Pop up Tea Room 11am to 3.30pm

Pop up tearoom providing tea, coffee and a range of food including homebaked scones and cakes, soup, toasties and filled rolls. Boreland Village Hall, Boreland, Lockerbie DG11 2LL Contact: Kate Nutt 01576 610304 Route: Red Type of Event: Food / Drink

F16 POLLEN

1pm start (performance will last approx. 1 hour) Drifting westwards across the region during Spring Fling POLLEN examines growth and the migration of ideas, traveling from darkness into light and back. Pollen and fungal spores fill the spaces between the air that we breathe, our bodies become a vessel for the passage of floral population. This is a Year of Natural Scotland project and is the beginning of a series of performance events linking Scotland, Slovakia and France.

Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer DG9 8BX Ticket Price: Free (Booking not required) Contact: Oceanallover (Alex Rigg) live@oceanallover.co.uk Route: Yellow Type of Event: Dance / Theatre

F17 The Earth’s Crust Bakery: Make your own artisan pizza 4pm-8pm

Our small artisan bakery will be opening its doors for artisan pizza making. You will have an opportunity to roll the dough, choose your toppings and see it stone baked. Walk away with freshly baked pizza and new experience! The Croft, Laurieston, Castle Douglas DG72PW Ticket Price: £6-£12 Contact: Pavlina van Rooyen 01644 450624 info@earthscrustbakery.co.uk Route: Blue Type of Event: Food / Drink

F18 Margaret Morris Movement 6pm-7.15pm (approx.)

performance of “Aye Waulkin O” by local Margaret Morris Movement group. Choreography inspired by softening of tweed/tartan to a song by Robert Burns, sung by Eddie Reader. Followed by a dance/movement workshop. Waukmill, 1 mile out of New Galloway on A712, New Galloway DG7 3SB Ticket Price: Free for performance. £2 for follow up dance/movement workshop. Booking Essential Contact: Sarah Lockwood 01556 612854 sara.lockwood@sky.com Route: Blue Type of Event: Performance / Music

F19 Song of the Oak and the Ivy and Words AT the Edge 7pm

Presented by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Wendy Stewart presents Corrina Hewat’s harp suite for 6 encapsulating the diversity of contemporary Scottish harp revival. Lucy Harper, Angus Macmillan and Davie Douglas offer an innovative evocation of the River Urr in an interlinking cycle of songs and poems. Corsock Village Hall, Corsock DG7 3DN Ticket Price: £8 Booking Essential Contact: Midsteeple Box Office, High Street Dumfries 01387 253383 / midsteeple@dumgal.gov.uk Route: Brown Type of Event: Food / Drink

F20 London Soloists Ensemble in Residence 7:30pm

Presented by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival A celebration of the rich heritage of British music, Bringing together some of the most admired soloists and chamber-music players of today. The Ensemble plays a broad range of chamber music, both familiar repertoire and masterworks by less well-known composers. Greyfriars Church, Church Crescent, Dumfries DG1 1DF Ticket Price: 12 Contact: The Midsteeple 01387 253383 midsteeple@dumgal.gov.uk Route: Orange Type of Event: Performance / Music

Monday 27 May F21 London Soloists Ensemble 7:30pm

Presented by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

A celebration of the rich heritage of British music, Bringing together some of the most admired soloists and chamber-music players of today. The Ensemble plays a broad range of chamber music, both familiar repertoire and masterworks by less well-known composers. St Andrews Parish Church, Bank Street, Annan DG12 6GN Ticket Price: £12 Contact: The Midsteeple 01387 253383 midsteeple@dumgal.gov.uk Route: Red Type of Event: Performance / Music

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Spring Fling Wigtown Book Festival Residency Always popular with visitors is the annual collaboration between Spring Fling & Wigtown Book Festival. In recent years the festival partnership has welcomed resident artists such as textile artist Deirdre Nelson and photographer Kim Ayres (studio 24 this year) to engage with and fascinate both events’ discerning visitors. This year is no different and visitors to Spring Fling are in for a treat with our 2012/2013 resident Joanne B Kaar. Joanne, an international artist who works with paper and natural fibres, lives and works from the northerly Dunnett in Caithness and has completed residencies, exhibited in and been commissioned in as diverse locations as, Dounraey, North Uist, Korea, Taiwan, Tasmania, Germany, USA and Japan. Before beginning her residency at Wigtown Book Festival 2012 Joanne made two string dogs Newton and Stewart (named by Wigtown Book Festival goers). During the Book Festival Joanne collected grasses and natural fibres from local gardens, and used traditional techniques to make simmans or rope. She invited festival-goers to have a go at ‘spinning a yarn’ by adding a few words to the simmans as it was made. Newton and Stewart’s story evolved in a random fashion. It was a real adventure.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Our friends at Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival have once again put together a brilliant and inspiring programme offering a lively and varied mix of performance and music events for all ages. The 34th Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival runs from Friday 24 May - Sunday 2 June 2013. Highlights include, Opera a la Carte’s presentation of Carmen, Shooglenifty, The London Soloists Ensemble, Lulu Reinhardt, The National Theatre of Scotland’s presentation of Calum’s Road.

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Visit Joanne Kaar in Wigtown (studio 02 page 13) to meet Newton and Stewart, find out about their escapades, and contribute to the next chapter of their adventure. Keep up to date by following @Joannebkaar on Twitter with #iamawigtownbookfestivalyarnspinner and to read the full adventure visit www.spring-fling.co.uk/blog/spinning-a-yarn/

We are delighted to be working closely with Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival this year on the very first Spring Fling Fringe - look out for the Arts Festival tagline beside seven of the exciting Fringe events (pages 8 & 9) and check the map for Fringe locations (pages 2 & 3). For full details see www.dgartsfest.com To receive a free brochure email info@dgartsfestival.org.uk or call 01387 260447.


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YELLOW ROUTE


01 GARY CRAIG

02 JOANNE B KAAR

At The Reading Lasses, 17 South Main Street, Wigtown DG8 9EH T: (01671) 404845 E: jen.ary@btinternet.com W: garycraiggallery.co.uk Facebook: Gary Craig Art Twitter: @garycraigart

Wigtown County Buildings, Wigtown DG8 9JH T: Wigtown county Buildings 01988 402036 or Joanne’s home: 01847 851449 E: info@joannebkaar.com W: www.joannebkaar.com Twitter: @Joannebkaar

I am a portrait and figurative artist who works in oils. Within the studio environment will be sketch pads showing studies of my portraits and figurative work. Also on display will be some of my portraits as well as other recent figurative works. I will discuss with visitors how I approach working on a portrait and what is involved from both the artist and sitter.

Yarn Spinner.

directions: From Newton Stewart take the A714 for Wigtown, which is some 6 miles. When arriving into Wigtown drive around to the other side of the village square to South Street. My Studio at The Reading Lasses is towards the bottom of the street opposite the bowling green. recommendations: The ReadingLasses (1). Bookshop and cafe with a very good selection of home made cakes. 17 South Main Street, Wigtown DG8 9EH. Tel: 01988 403266 Email: books@reading-lasses.com Bladnoch Distillery (2). Tours are given around the distillery with a small nip of their whisky afterwards. Situated by the River Bladnoch there is a garden within the grounds for picnics and there is a walk by the river. Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch, Wigtown DG8 9AB. Tel: 01988 402605 facilities: price range: £300 - £1200

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Wigtown Resident

“…. intelligent Newton and his scruffy friend Stewart, escaped from their cages…” Come along to see what our artist-in-residence, Joanne B Kaar, has made over the winter months using leaves and grasses collected during the Wigtown Book Festival, inspired by the adventures of Newton and Stewart, the Wigtown Waggers! Have a go at making your own yarn from local plants and join in the fun adding a few words to write a new chapter in the adventures of Newton and Stewart. #iamawigtownbookfestivalyarnspinner directions: Based in the RSPB Visitor Centre on the top floor of the County Buildings, Joanne’s studio overlooks Wigtown Bay and many of the gardens from where she gained inspiration and materials for her residency. The building is also home to the John McNeillie Library and the original Martyrs Cell. recommendations: St Ninians Cave (3). Located at Physgill, on the coast 4m south west of Whithorn on the A747 - visit before it gets dark. facilities: price range: £3 - £300 friends offer: 10% discount for Spring Fling Friends.

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03 JENNIFER SMITH

Springback

04 HELEN RYMAN

The Studio, 5 Harbour Road, Wigtown DG8 9EN T: (07709) 493531 E: jen@jennifersmithprints.co.uk W: www.jennifersmithprints.co.uk Facebook: JenniferSmithPrints Twitter: @jenbeat

North Kildarroch, Whauphill, Newton Stewart DG8 9PD T: (01988) 840255 E: helen.ryman@btinternet.com W: www.helenrymanarts.co.uk Facebook: Helen Ryman Arts Twitter: @helenryman

I create original prints specialising in the collagraph printmaking technique. This method creates unpredictable results enabling me to create dynamic, textural and vibrant prints with an emphasis on colour. I am inspired by the stunning natural beauty in Wigtownshire. My recent work explores the diverse coastal landscape of the Machars, particularly the rich textures and constantly changing colours that can be seen in the area. Visitors can gain an insight into the Printmaking process and see demonstrations of how a collagraph print is created on my converted mangle printing press.

Born and bred in rural Wigtownshire, my paintings are like snapshots, capturing and archiving a way of life. Varying from animal to person to landscape, my subject matter varies, but all are important and mean something to me. I predominantly paint in oils, and also do ink stipplings. The light and colours gifted to us by the ever changing weather in Wigtownshire, is especially inspiring to me.

directions: From the A75 at Newton Stewart take the A714, following signs for Wigtown. From this direction you meet the village green at a T-junction. Turn left, then right in front of the County Buildings. Turn left down the farside of the buildings and follow the road round into Harbour Road. recommendations: The ReadingLasses (1). ReadingLasses is a bookshop with a cafe serving meals, homemade cakes, and can meet specific dietary requirements. The Booktown (4). Wigtown is Scotland’s National Booktown and is home to over 20 book-related businesses and the Wigtown Book Festival. It is a book lovers haven with new and second-hand books galore. www.wigtown-booktown.co.uk

directions: From Wigtown, head over the Bladnoch bridge, heading to Whithorn ( A746). Take a right turn onto the A714 heading towards Portwilliam. Continue for two miles until Whauphill. Take a right onto the B7052, and continue for approximately two miles. Turn left, continue for half a mile. recommendations: The ReadingLasses (1). Not only does it provide great food, but it’s also an excellent book shop too, situated in Scotland’s National book town. Bladnoch Distillery (2). Situated in the beautiful town of Bladnoch, Bladnoch Distillery is Scotland’s most southerly distillery. Established in 1817, produce single malt scotch whisky. Providing guided tours through the distillery and warehouse all day, and a little taste of Bladnoch to finish the tour off. facilities:

facilities: price range: £15 - £250 friends offer: 10% discount for Spring Fling Friends.

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05 KEVAN MCGINTY

06 LISA HOOPER

The Studio, 107 George Street, Whithorn, Newton Stewart DG8 8PZ T: (01988) 500066 E: mail@kevanmcginty.plus.com W: mcgintyart.com Facebook: Kevan McGinty

Seymour House, 25 High Street, Port William, Newton Stewart DG8 9SL T: (01988) 700392 E: hoopoe.prints@btinternet.com W: www.hoopoeprints.co.uk

I paint primarily in acrylics and enjoy working on both mountain and coastal subjects as a landscape painter, with motifs taken from the far northwestern reaches of the highlands to the southernmost tip of scotland here in in our beautiful county. I am always searching for an expressive equivalent in paint of my experiences of nature, and visitors will see a wide range of new works, from small to large, topographical to experimental. There is also a picture-framing workshop on site which can be viewed.

Over the past year I have been working in a new medium; Japanese woodblock printing, and have been developing a number of bird woodcuts inspired by Inuit art. I am still working in a wide variety of western print media and new framed and unframed linocuts and etchings of the birds and landscape of Scotland will also be on display. Cards and artists books will also be for sale. I would describe my work as design-led, decorative and broadly (but not slavishly!) representational. I will be demonstrating throughout the weekend.

directions: Follow the A746 into the centre of Whithorn south from Newton Stewart, pass all the town shops and museum, and the sudio is on the right of the street. recommendations: The Central Cafe (5). In the centre of this bustling town, the Central Cafe is a very friendly family-run venue providing a wide range of meals, home-made ice cream and sweets. Their curries are a specialty. The Whithorn Story Museum (6). Boasting one of the finest collections of early Christian carved stones in Britain and an extensive history of Whithorn, its priory and Scotland’s first saint, Ninian, this is a must-see for any visitor to Whithorn. There is also a temporary exhibitions gallery and audio-visual display. facilities:

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directions: From Wigtown, take the road to Bladnoch. Cross the river, and then turn right (B7085) to Port William. Seymour House is the first house on the right after the traffic calming. If you are coming from Stranraer, Seymour House is the last house on the left on the B7085. recommendations: Teas, coffees and cakes will be available in our kitchen and garden (weather permitting) throughout the event, with the proceeds going to local charities (7). While you’re in Port William (8) it’s worth visiting the pretty little working harbour, with its sculpture and Millennium fingerpost. There is also a smal square with a handful of shops and a couple of options for obtaining refreshments. facilities:

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price range: £50 - £500

friends offer: 20% for Friends of Spring Fling.

friends offer: Four free greetings cards to Friends with any non card purhase.

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07 SUZAN MALCOLM

08 STEVEN HIGGINSON

Westward, 17 Golf Course Road, Portpatrick DG9 8TB T: (07598) 317429 E: suzan@suzanmalcolm.com W: www.suzanmalcolm.com

The Stables, Lochinch Castle and Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer DG9 8SJ T: (01382) 450595 E: higgsteve@yahoo.com W: www.stevenhigginson.co.uk Facebook: Steven Higginson Art Twitter: @HigginsonArt

Flowers are a passion, but recently and quite unexpectedly, birds with their bright eyes, have crept into my work. My paintings have elements of the remembered and imagined as well as the observed. The decorative always draws me to a subject: a flower market, patterns on hillsides or the rhythms of boats bobbing in the harbour. The studio is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of objets trouvés. The flotsam and jetsam gathered over years that people my still life paintings. Visitors will also find new work, sketchbooks and paintings in progress.

My work consists of still life, urban landscape, and figurative oil paintings influenced by my surroundings. My paintings are subconscious translations of the world around me, and reflect longing and mortality. A momento mori theme is reflected in my still lifes through objects such as trapped goldfish, cages, maps, and iconic images. My portraits capture figures rooted within Scottish surroundings, looking disconnected - as if longing for something. My urban landscapes incorporate buildings and doorways that hint at our inquisitive nature - a way of glimpsing inside another person’s realm.

directions: Follow the A77 from Stranraer to Portpatrick. On approach to village turn right at War Memorial onto Heugh Road. Follow signs at Fernhill Hotel junction, turn right onto Golf Course Road. Single track to studio is on the left near the top of Golf Course Road. Parking available on Golf Course Road.

directions: Follow the signs. Please park outside the castle. The studio is housed in the converted stables which are just under the arch. There will also be a “pop up” tearoom in the courtyard.

recommendations: A visit to the delightful village and harbour side of Portpatrick (9) where there are excellent eateries. Enjoy spectacular rugged coastal scenery by joining the Southern Upland Way at Portpatrick harbour (10) Follow cliff path to Sandeel Bay, with option to return to Portpatrick through the magical Fairy Glen walk at Dunskey Estate. facilities:

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recommendations: The award winning Sunnyside Deli (11) in Stranraer, Bridge Street, DG9 7JF (closed on Sunday) serves and sells local produce. Visit Castle Square (12), Stranraer to view the newly developed public art commission, created by local artists. facilities:

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09 MICHAEL CLARK

Neighbour

10 KAY RIBBENS

The Stables, Lochinch Castle and Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer DG9 8SJ T: (07980) 000271 E: michaelclarkartist@goglemail.com W: www.michaelclarkartist.co.uk Facebook: Michael Clark PAI

Mochrum Park House, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart DG8 0BY T: (01671) 830285 E: kayribbens@hotmail.com W: craftsscotland.org

To give you a flavour of my working day, some of the clutter from my studio will be transported from Ayrshire to my Spring Fling studio in the stables at Lochinch Castle. As an artist I am still excited by the smell of turps and tubes of fresh oil colour so enticing I could eat them! Each day at 11am and 3pm I will present a short talk about my working methods, but do feel free to ask questions at any time during the Spring Fling weekend.

Visitors will be welcomed into my workspace where they will find a large range of distinctive textile hats, new surprises and old favourites, but all original designs, individually woven using a vast array of yarns, silk, cotton, lambswool, linen, handspun, chenilles (all on show). Concentrating on innovational design in contemporary living I attempt to create memorable headwear of universal appeal. Simple bowlers and berets to the eccentric and extraordinary. Have coffee and experience all the paraphernalia associated with textile designing- images, works in progress, feathers, threads, sketches, exhibition pieces.

directions: Follow the signs. Please park outside the castle. The studio is housed in the converted stables which are just under the arch. There will also be a “pop up” tearoom in the courtyard. recommendations: Courtyard at Lochinch Castle (13). During Spring Fling there will be a cafe in the Courtyard. There is also a tea room and plant centre on the Stair Estate. Castle Kennedy Gardens. As part of the Stair Estate, the Gardens at Castle Kennedy (14) change throughout the seasons. The gardens are fantastic to just wander in for up to a day! The gardens are normally open from Easter until the end of September. Castle Kennedy Gardens, DG9 8SJ. facilities:

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price range: £350 - £4000 friends offer: Preview on Saturday 25th May at 11am.

directions: From Newton Stewart take the A75 towards Stranraer. Take the 2nd left after the hospital. Stay on this road for approx 5 miles until a T junction with the B733. From Wigtown take the B733 towards Kirkcowan for approx 4 miles. Then follow signs through gates to Mochrum Park House. recommendations: The ReadingLasses Bookshop & Cafe (1). 17, Main St, Wigtown DG8 9EH 01988 403266 www.reading-lasses.com Delightfully quirky venue serving good food. The Standing Stones of Torhouse (15). Approx 1 mile from my studio on the B733 towards Wigtown. facilities:

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BLUE ROUTE


11 ANDY PRIESTMAN

12 STEWART LAMMIE

Minniwick, Bargrennan, Newton Stewart DG8 6SS T: (01671) 840274 E: andyjpriestman@hotmail.com W: www.andypriestman.tumblr.com

2 Lessons Park, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart DG8 6PY T: (01671) 401328 E: stewart.lammie@tiscali.co.uk

Andy’s studio, set amongst oak and larch woods with beautiful views of the hills, was voted one of the five best visitor experiences in the 2012 Spring Fling. Wheel thrown porcelain and stoneware pots that are wood fired to 1300.C. From delicate porcelain beakers with pale celadon glazes; to a new range of slab built stoneware dishes that are simply decorated with slips and glaze, on clay that owes its rich texture and colour to the granite sand from the Galloway hills. Also his recent paintings and work on paper.

I paint outdoors whenever I can, my aim is to capture a sense of place and mood at a certain moment in time. Usually the effect of light is my focus, a quite plain scene can be transformed by atmospheric light into a dramatic view. I paint in oils, the rich colours and textural qualities appeal to me, I like to be able to see the paths an artist takes in his or her work, to see brush strokes or marks give a work integrity.

directions: Take the A714 north from Newton Stewart for six miles. At Clachaneasy turn right. Continue straight for two miles. Minniwick is a right-hand turn directly after a sign for Holm. recommendations: House o Hill Hotel (1). The House o Hill (www.houseohill. co.uk) is a great place for food. An interesting menu, local ales, and a very warm welcome. Loch Trool (2). Breathtaking views over western Galloway’s finest loch and glen. Beautiful oakwoods leading down to the water’s edge, and a 2 hour walk around the loch. facilities:

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directions: Take the A75 from Dumfries, take the first Newton Stewart turning (A712) then turn left immediately onto the B7079. Take the next right onto Race Green Avenue and then right again, the Studio is on the left. recommendations: Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (3). Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Palnure, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway DG8 7BE 01671 402420. Has good home baking and soup. Adventure play area for kids, walking and cycle routes for all the family. facilities:

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friends offer: 10% discount for Friends.

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13 ANDREW MCKEAN

14 PAULINE LAWTON

62 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas DG7 2HP T: (01557) 814887 E: andrewmckean@btinternet.com W: www.andrewmckeanarts.co.uk

Mill on the Fleet, High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2HS T: (01557) 330135 E: paulinelawton1@btinternet.com W: www.greendoor.org.uk

My work is inspired by the lovely scenery of the Galloway Hills and Solway Coast, its numerous monuments and built heritage, and the wonderful quality of light. In recent years, I have been been increasingly focussing on landscape and seascape, often featuring patterns of sunlight and shadow on masonry, stones or rocks, contrasted with the soft textures and varied seasonal colours of vegetation. Visitors will see work in progress using waterthinned acrylics. Completed paintings, prints and greetings cards will be on display and available for purchase.

Colour, textiles, distressed patterns and shapes are what excites me and my paintings are contemporary interpretations of the landscape and coastline surrounding my recent move to Kirkcudbright, as well as my journeys in Europe and Morocco. Images and sketchbooks emerge as I search for information/ideas that will remind me of something more than a representational inspiration. I work in acrylics and mixed media, with textured surfaces and strong colours to achieve the effect I seek. Visitors will see colourful work, including prints and cards. Exhibition follows.

directions: From the East, leave the A75 by the B727, enter Gatehouse down the High Street; No. 62 is on the left, about 200 metres past the clock tower. From the West, leave the A75 by the B796, enter Gatehouse along Fleet Street and continue up into the High Street; No. 62 is on the right, about 150 metres after the bridge over the river.

directions: From east, leave A75 by the B727, enter Gatehouse down the High Street. From west, leave A75 by the B796, enter Gatehouse along Fleet Street and continue up the High Street. The Mill is situated in the centre of the town and is signposted from the main car park.

recommendations: Galloway Lodge Preserves (4) (High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas DG7 2HR) producers of high quality marmalades, jams, chutneys, jellies and mustards; incorporates the Gatehouse Post Office, with a coffee shop serving home-made food and baking, and a gift shop. facilities: price range: £20 - £500 friends offer: 10% off unframed prints and greetings cards.

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recommendations: The Riverside Café (5). Located within the Mill on the Fleet provides light meals and drinks - cakes a treat! The Mill on the Fleet (High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS. 01557 814099 www.millonthefleet.co.uk) incorporates the Gatehouse Tourist Information Centre and gift shop. Cally Gardens (6). Gatehouse of Fleet, built in 1765-70 as the walled kitchen garden of Cally House, are over 1 hectare in size. The nursery has established plantings of several thousand varieties. facilities: price range: £35 - £500


15 SUSAN METCALFE

16 PHIL MCMENEMY

Leggatecheek, Ringford, Castle Douglas DG7 2AU T: (01557) 820204 E: ssn_kirkpatrick@yahoo.co.uk W: www.susanmetcalfeart.co.uk

The Gallery at Laurieston, Woodbank House, Laurieston, Castle Douglas DG7 2PW T: (01644) 450235 E: phil@pmcphotography.co.uk W: www.pmcphotography.co.uk Facebook: Gallery At Laurieston Twitter: @philmcmenemy

My studio is situated in a beautiful part of Galloway set within the historical backdrop of Neilson’s Monument. I work in both watercolour and oils. I love painting flowers using watercolour as a starting point and incorporating other media as I go along to create random effects. My work in oils is representational, using the local landscape as inspiration and a limited palette to express drama and atmosphere. Visitors will see a variety of work on show and I look forward to welcoming you to my studio.

I love Dumfries and Galloway and I love photography. My artistic goal is to capture the moods, faces and glories of this special, hidden and beautiful region. My fine art and landscape image creativity and career in the arts are evolving, changing and hopefully improving as I consider new challenges and new ideas. Visitors can expect a lot of warmth, a lot of emotion and a lot of images in a range of both contemporary and traditional styles to suit every taste. I welcome visitors old and new and look forward to saying hello and making friends. Regards Phil.

directions: Travelling on the A75 from either Dumfries or Stranraer, turn into Ringford village. Take the A762 (New Galloway) road, continue along this road for about one and a quarter miles, my studio is on the right hand side just before Barstobrick Visitor Centre. recommendations: Neilson’s coffee shop (7). Neilson’s at Barstobrick Visitor Centre Ringford DG7 2AT. Tel: 01557 820112 www.barstobrick.co.uk Enjoy home cooked food and excellent coffee in comfortable surroundings with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Neilson’s Monument (8). Barstobrick Visitor Centre Ringford. DG7 2AT Tel: 01557 820112 www.barstobrick.co.uk From Neilson’s coffee shop you can walk up to the monument which was erected in memory of James Beaumont Neilson inventor of the hot blast furnace. Well worth the climb for the views and the wildlife. facilities: price range: £10 - £800

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directions: From Castle Douglas take the A713 north, after 1.5 miles turn left (signposted Laurieston B795) travel three miles to Laurieston village through the Stewartry countryside. At crossroads travel onto the C13 Gatehouse-of-Fleet road and the Gallery is on the right after 100 yards. recommendations: The Smithy at New Galloway (9). A traditional and welcoming Galloway cafe/restaurant serving excellent food and drinks. The Smithy Tea Room & Craft Shop, High Street, New Galloway DG7 3RN. Tel: 01644 420269 The C13 Road from Laurieston to Gatehouse of Fleet (10). A marvellous road to absorb the stunning landscape of Galloway - just enjoy! facilities:

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17 ALLAN WRIGHT

18 GEOFF FORREST

Parton Stables, Parton Estate, Castle Douglas DG7 3NB T: (01644) 470260 E: allan@allanwrightphoto.com W: www.allanwrightphoto.com Facebook: Allan Wright Photographic

The Catstrand, High Street, New Galloway DG7 3RN T: (07412) 443701 E: enquiries@sustainabledesigncrafts.co.uk W: www.willowcraftdesigns.co.uk Facebook: Sustainable Designs Twitter: @willow_crafts

Landscape, both classic and abstract, embodies the majority of my work. I am a creative photographer primarily functioning as a conduit and filter for what is actually out there, a “receiver transmitter” whereby natural beauty of subject passes through my eye, heart and hands, ultimately into the mind of the viewer. Advancing my craft comes from challenging and honing “my seeing eye”. Like revealing the layers of an onion, an ongoing inward journey with outwardly expansive results as archival quality giclee prints produced in house, to ensure absolute control.

I work primarily with willow making everything from living willow structures and sculptures through to baskets. Using both traditional and contemporary techniques I will be exhibiting a range of my recent designs. Also you will be able to see me demonstrating how to make the ever popular plant supports.

directions: 6 Miles North of Castle Douglas on A713 Ayr Road before the village of Parton itself turn right up track at lodge with red door. recommendations: Thistle Inn Crossmichael (11). Good food and cheerful bar. Red Kite Trail / Loch Ken views (12). Views of Loch Ken are abundant from the roads between New Galloway and Crossmichael.

Neighbour

directions: From Castle Douglas take the A713 north, turn left at the Kenbridge Hotel towards New Galloway. As you enter the town continue along the High Street, Catstrand is the old school building on the right hand side opposite the park. recommendations: The Catstrand (13). New Galloway, 01644 420374, www.catstrand.com A fantastic multi-faceted arts venue with appealing coffee shop. See the famous ‘tup’ sculpture. www.gallowayforestpark.com (14). Managed by the Forestry Commission Scotland it offers spectacular views and a diversity of dramatic scenery. facilities:

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price range: £20 - £400 friends offer: For friends of Spring Fling we offer a discount of 10% on all print purchases during and after the the Spring Fling Weekend.

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price range: £3 - £800 friends offer: Friday 24th May 1 to 3pm Friends only drop in workshop on how to make a willow bird feeder.


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19 JANINA HARROWER

20 DAVID ALEXANDER

Meadowview, Springholm, Castle Douglas DG7 3LP T: (1556) 650329 E: janina@janinasart.co.uk W: www.janinasart.co.uk

Barmoffity Farm Track, Walton Road, Kirkpatrick Durham DG7 3HG T: (01556) 650311 E: david@bracklandpottery.co.uk

Visitors to my studio will see a wide variety of artworks. My ideas are continually evolving as I try a range of techniques using materials such as plaster, slate, foil and including found items which inspire new ideas. I delight in the process of creating images which others can enjoy. There are landscapes, still lifes, semi abstract works, and my new venture, three dimensional works!

I make a wide range of dishes and bowls for the oven and table decorated in flowing slip that are practical and a pleasure to use: also more individual plates and large dishes inspired by the rocks and pebbles along the shore. This year I have been rediscovering my love of sculpture. All will be displayed in and around my small studio together with work in progress, sketch books, a warm welcome and a view of the hills.

directions: From Dumfries, take the A75 to Springholm village, and Meadowview can be found two houses before the Grapes Hotel, on the same side of the road.

directions: In the centre of Springholm on the A75 turn north for Kirkpatrick Durham (signposted). Go straight over the village crossroads and turn right after 100 yards along a farm track. My studio is 100 yards along on the left.

recommendations: The Grapes (1). DG7 3LP 01556 650586. On the main road 25 metres from my studio. They serve good hearty food in a welcoming atmosphere. There is a beer garden at the back. Glenkiln sculptures (8 - Brown Route). By Rodin, Epstein and Moore overlooking the Glenkiln resevoir at Shawhead, signed from Shawhead village, just off the A75 heading west out of Dumfries. facilities:

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recommendations: Kirkpatrick Durham village hall (2). Delicious home made soups and bread plus lots of other good things to eat. Coming from Springholm it is on your right as you enter the village. Glenkiln Sculptures (8 - Brown Route). Sculptures by Moore, Epstein and Rodin overlooking Glenkiln reservoir, five miles east of the village along a country road. facilities:

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friends offer: 10% off selected items

friends offer: Happy to negotiate discounts to Spring Fling Friends.

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21 PAMELA GRACE

22 CLARE DAWDRY

Lesser Hall, Kirkpatrick Durham Village Hall, 58 Victoria Street, Kirkpatrick Durham DG7 3HQ T: (01556) 650498 E: info@pamelagrace.co.uk W: www.pamelagrace.co.uk

33 Victoria Street, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas DG7 3HQ T: (01556) 650764 E: info@wemakepots.com W: www.wemakepots.com Facebook: Clare Dawdry

This year my attention has been caught by the countryside around me, particularly the patterns of hedgerows, field and trees. I try to work outdoors as much as possible - drawing and sketching across the seasons, setting out to document their subtle but pronounced effects on the Galloway landscape. Meanwhile, my interest in kitchen gardens and allotments continues. I use watercolour and pen-and-ink for larger works and traditional print-making techniques and materials to create smaller prints and hand-coloured solar-plate etchings. Displays will outline the printmaking process I use.

I aspire to make useful pots that are well crafted and bring pleasure to the daily activity of setting a table and eating a meal. My pots are wheel thrown in stoneware and porcelain clay, glazed and gas fired to high stoneware temperatures. Recently my work has evolved to incorporate teapots and other more ornamental forms. Expect to see demonstrations and examples of work in various stages of production.

directions: From Springholm on A75 follow signpost to Kirkpatrick Durham. The Hall is on the right-hand side, six houses into village. Studio access on side on way to the car park.

directions: From Springholm village on the A75, follow signposts to Kirkpatrick Durham. 33 Victoria St. is situated halfway up the village on the left hand side. recommendations: Spring Fling Cafe (2). Spring Fling Cafe in the village hall serves excellent soup, bread and home baking in aid of village charities. Kirkpatrick Durham Recreation Ground (3). Kirkpatrick Durham Recreation Ground (DG7 3HQ) is a great place for a gentle stroll or a picnic.

recommendations: Kirkpatrick Durham Spring Fling Café (2). In main hall, next to my studio - provides excellent home-made soups, home baking, teas, fair trade coffee, light lunches. Glenkiln Sculptures (8 - Brown Route). (By Glenkiln reservoir nr. Shawhead) Sculptures including Henry Moore’s King and Queen and the Glenkiln Cross set in the Galloway countryside.

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friends offer: A free pocket sized pot for the first ten Spring Fling Friend purchases.

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23 ADAM BOOTH

24 KIM AYRES

Pipers Forge, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas DG7 3HQ T: (0774) 8537219 E: adam@pipersforge.com W: pipersforge.com

30 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1AA T: (07971) 969953 E: kim@kimayres.co.uk W: kimayres.co.uk Facebook: facebook.com/kimayresportraitphotography Twitter: @kimayres

Pipers forge enjoys a worldwide reputation for designing and making high quality architectural and sculptural metalwork. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of a working forge, eighteenth century processes enhanced by an array of 21st century equipment and techniques that give us the opportunity to create new and exciting forms. I absolutely love what I do and hope that I can share my passion for contemporary metalwork with each and every visitor who will be welcomed with a big smile and a dirty face.

“I’m Humphrey Bogart and So’s My Wife!”

directions: from the A75 in Springholm village turn off to Kirkpatrick Durham. the forge is located 2 doors down from the cross roads on the right hand side. follow the arrows up the alley recommendations: Kirkpatrick Durham hall (2). Once again the village hall will be offering an array of soups and cakes in aid of village funds. top class home baking and cooking. Corsock house garden (4). On the Sunday of Spring Fling the garden is open as part of Scotland’s garden scheme, a wonderful place with two of my gates in the walled garden and this year a new addition? Clue: you need to look up to see it. facilities:

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price range: For Spring Fling only a small items sales area with prices from £30.00. Commissions price on application.

I’m a portrait photographer and storytelling is at the heart of what I do. So for this Spring Fling anyone who wants to join in can be photographed in a trench coat and trilby. Across the weekend the walls will fill with photos of people dressed as Humphrey Bogart - young, old, large, small, male and female. Come along, dress up, and if you love the photo, for a nominal fee of £10 I’ll email it to you (but purchase not compulsory – you can join in just for the fun of it). directions: Towards the top end of the main street of Castle Douglas, opposite the library and next door to the Imperial Hotel. Across the road and just down from Market Hill Car Park. recommendations: Threave Gardens Restaurant (5). Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX. A pleasant location overlooking Threave Gardens, with the added advantage it’s also open on Sundays. Threave Gardens (5). Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX 64-acreornamental garden with interest throughout the year from a large and varied plant collection and landscape features. A Scottish Baronial House open to the public. 1500-acre estate with way marked trails, bird hides, and a wild fowl sanctuary. facilities: price range: £10 - £1000 friends offer: 15% discount on portrait sessions booked for 2013

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25 KATIE RUSSELL

26 LEO BLAMIRE

Duneaton, 59 Abercromby Road, Castle Douglas DG7 1BB T: (01556 ) 502985 E: tulipsrussell@googlemail.com W: www.katierussellweave.com Twitter: @kfrweaving

McGill Duncan Gallery, 231 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DT T: (01556) 502468 E: leoblamire@gmail.com

Natural fibres and traditional weaving techniques, combined with inspiration from landscapes, architecture, history or emotions, provides a fascinating journey. I love exploring the tactile qualities of natural fibres to produce abstract and colourful images. Visitors will be able to see finished pieces from a range of projects and also work in progress on my upright loom. Lots of weaving samplers to touch and look at and an opportunity to see the materials and equipment I use for my weavings.

Leo Blamire’s creative output spans painting, printmaking and music. His love of animals, insects and interior scenes is depicted in the detailed, colourful oil paintings he produces, often with an unusual slant. He uses the printmaking process to allow him to explore pattern and design. Sometimes he uses cut up and hand manipulated photographs as part of the screenprint, creating a stylised and striking final image. His studio is part of the charming McGill Duncan Gallery. After enjoying the artwork why not take a moment from your busy day with a refreshment in the lovely garden.

directions: From the clock tower on King Street go along St Andrews Street and then onto Abercromby Road (A713). Duneaton is at the far end of the road near the bridge of the A75, opposite the golfing green. There is unrestricted parking along the road outside the house. recommendations: Designs Gallery and Cafe (6). King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DZ, 01556 504552, www.designsgallery.co.uk Designs has a lovely conservatory and relaxing garden. Delicious food. Threave Gardens (5). DG7 1RX Tel: 08444 932245, www.nts.org.uk Beautiful gardens that contain sculptures, a walled garden and a historic house. Excellent home baking in the cafe.

directions: The McGill Duncan Gallery is situated in Castle Douglas near the bottom of King Street, the main shopping street in the town. It is down hill from the clock tower on the opposite side of the road, a few doors down from the Sulwath brewery. recommendations: Laurie Arms Hotel (7). A Lovely village pub situated in Haugh of Urr, 3 miles outside Castle Douglas. Classic and delicious pub grub with superb cask ales. Threave Castle (8). A boat trip, an amazing castle and quite possibly some osprey sightings. 1.5 miles west of Castle Douglas.

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27 ANGELA LAWRENCE

28 HAZEL CAMPBELL

Clience Studio, 212 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DS T: (01556) 504318 E: angela@cliencestudio.co.uk W: www.cliencestudio.co.uk Facebook: Angela Lawrence Clience Studio Twitter: @angelalawrence

Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas DG7 1SX T: (01556) 680214 E: hazel@painting-for-pleasure.co.uk W: www.hazelcampbell.com Facebook: Hazel Campbell Twitter: @hazelkcampbell

Shimmering and translucent seas in my “Sea Spirit” oil paintings, and Galloway landscapes under the remarkable huge skies that leave such strong impressions: these are the main themes visitors will see this year, also some variety of approach. I am also unveiling a collection of 12 small paintings, based on local coastline from Kirkandrews to Carrick Bay, culminating in a large painting from Carrick viewpoint, accompanied by sketches and photos done along the way, and maps showing locations. “Take-away Picnic” maps are available for visitors to enjoy the actual locations.

It’s all change this year! I am holding Spring Fling at my home at Lochdougan, just along the road from my farm studio. Visitors will enjoy seeing my work in the natural setting of an old Scottish farmhouse with its quirky mix of old and new. Painting is becoming more stylised and cottages still appear! I am still using ink and bamboo, but oils are becoming more vibrant. Visitors will also enjoy our small collection of 20th c contemporary art, all with accompanying information. Children are invited to ‘spot the spots’ Prizes for all!

directions: Entering Castle Douglas from the A75, Clience Studio is directly under the clock tower on lower end of King St. (main shopping street), where it crosses St. Andrews St. (the A713 to Ayr /B736 to Auchencairn.)

directions: From A75 take the turn to Rhonehouse. Turn left in village (Craig Terr) then 1/4 mile further on turn right . Lochdougan House is 2 miles along on the right up tree lined avenue. From Kirkcudbright or Gelston take B727 until you see sign for Rhonehouse.

recommendations: Thistle “B” Scrumptious (9). Delicious salads and rolls, and homemade sausage rolls are definitely scrumptious! 207 King Street - opposite Clience Studio, Castle Douglas DG71DT. Threave Castle (8). Walks to the most peaceful and picturesque of castles and to the birdhides are a must. Threave Castle, Castle Douglas DG7.

recommendations: Carlo’s (10). Very good Italian food, relaxed atmosphere, carnivore’s dream, but fish good too! Booking essential! 211 King St, Castle Douglas DG7 1DT. Tel: 01556 503977. Doach Wood walk (11). Short, steep but with a stunning viewpoint. Child friendly. Located on B736, 3miles south of Castle Douglas DG7 1QF.

facilities: price range: £25 - £3500 friends offer: Friends receive 10% discount on 10 pre-selected paintings. Competition: win a painting,opens Spring Fling for 1 week! Open to all visitors.

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29 JO GALLANT

30 MYER HALLIDAY

Studio 3, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas DG7 1SX T: (07747) 623036 E: jo@jogallant.co.uk W: www.jogallant.co.uk Facebook: Jo Gallant Studio Textiles

Studio 3, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas DG7 1SX T: (0773) 7102792 E: mail@myerhalliday.co.uk W: www.myerhalliday.co.uk

This year I am between studios, but have been kindly lent space at Lochdougan by Hannah McAndrew. There, I will have my collection of dye-painted, appliquéd and quilted cushions in fabrics from tactile velvets to luxurious silks, as well as scarves and one-off artworks. This year there will be the opportunity for visitors to win a cushion, by suggesting a new creature to add to the growing menagerie of quirky birds and animals which populate many of my designs.

I make simple thrown forms that are used as a canvas for drawn or painted patterns. I’m interested in the interaction between the form and the decoration and the way that marks and brushstrokes accumulate on the form to become a pattern or a picture. I use a white stoneware body and glaze stains and clay slips to decorate. As a springback artist I’m looking forward to showing my work for the first time in the place where I was brought up.

directions: From Rhonehouse, drive down Craig Terrace. Take the first right and after about 1.5 miles take the turning on the right for Lochdougan House. From the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Gelston take the turning for Rhonehouse. After half a mile you will reach the Louchdougan House turning on your left.

directions: From Rhonehouse, drive down Craig Terrace. Take the first right and after about 1.5 miles take the turning on the right for Lochdougan House. From the B727 between Kirkcudbright and Gelston take the turning for Rhonehouse. After half a mile you will reach the Louchdougan House turning on your left.

recommendations: Jewel in the Crown (12). 17, King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AA, telephone 01556 505999,is a very friendly Indian restaurant serving great food, with a buffet night on the last Sunday of the month. Threave Castle (8). is on an island in river, with a boat to take you across to it. There is also a viewing platform there for the nesting ospreys (Castle Douglas DG7 1BG, www.historic-scotland.gov.uk)

recommendations: Designs Gallery and Cafe, Castle Douglas (6)

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31 KATIE ANDERSON

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32 MAGGIE AYRES

Studio 9, WASPS Studios Cannonwalls & Claverhouse, 117-119 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (07561) 551982 E: katie.j.anderson@hotmail.co.uk W: www.katiejanderson.wordpress.com Twitter: @KatieJoAnd

Studio 4, WASPS Studios, Cannonwalls, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (0781) 552 8827 E: maggie@maggieayres.co.uk W: maggieayres.co.uk Facebook: Maggie Ayres Art

Objects and notions of materialism direct my work. Everyday, discarded ephemera are collected, iconised, authenticated. Through remaking my practise examines 21st century consumer culture and questions where our lives are focused. The transient nature of objects is contrasted by the materials used in the casting process. Our relationship with our environment and the objects that surround us is re-examined.

Passion for texture and disintegration continue to offer inspiration for my work as metaphor for experience and memory, particularly issues of femininity. Impressions or rubbings taken from natural forms allow me to explore line and shadow worked through a series of graphite, charcoal and ink studies into mixed-media canvases, constructed fibre pieces and sculptural vessels. As well as being able to view a featured work through the creative processes, visitors may enter a draw to win the piece as well as making their own rubbings to take away.

directions: Entering Kirkcudbright from the A75, head along St Mary’s Street, turning right onto the High Street after the Stewartry Museum. We are on the right just beyond the Selkirk Arms Hotel. recommendations: Solway Tide Cafe (13). Situated facing the harbour at 16 St Cuthbert’s Street, and just around the corner from WASPS; you can expect friendly staff, nice coffees and sweet treats. (Telephone: 01557 330735). Take the Scenic Route (14). Rather than following the A75, take the A711 south out of Kirkcudbright towards Auchencairn - with beautiful views, and the ruined abbey at Dundrennan, it makes a lovely detour if you are in no particular rush.

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary’s Street, take a right turn onto High Street, and the WASPS Studios are on your right. recommendations: Solway Tide Cafe (13). 16 St Cuthbert Street, Kirkcudbright 01557 330735. Good strong Fairtrade coffee! The Doon Beach (15). Head out of Kirkcudbright towards Borgue along the B727. It is approximately 3½ miles on the left, with plenty of parking and has a lovely view. facilities:

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33 CLAIRE CAMERON-SMITH

34 ROSS FULTON

Studio 7, WASPS Studios, Cannonwalls, High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (01557) 870685 E: claire@cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk W: www.cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk

Studio 8 Wasps Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (07796) 506349 E: fulton_66@hotmail.com W: rossfulton.com Facebook: Ross Fulton Painting Twitter: @fulton_66

I am continuing to employ Japanese woodblock printing techniques for my illustrative designs of birds, flowers and landscapes. I have also been experimenting with designs that focus on colour rather than form. The inspiration for these more abstract works is still firmly rooted in the natural world – more specifically the amazing colour combinations that can be found therein. Visitors will be able to see examples of both types of print, as well as the tools and materials used to make them.

I am interested in how our response to paintings is dependent on our prior expectation of what an art subject can be. I am drawn to objects or places that have pattern or beauty as a result of functional design, as opposed to any deliberate aesthetic choice. My recent work has focussed on documenting decaying buildings in Dumfries and Galloway and beyond. In doing this I hope to give fleeting moments a permanence they would not usually be afforded.

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street turn right onto High Street and the WASPS Studios are on your right. My studio is up on the second floor of Cannonwalls.

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright until it becomes St Mary Street. Pass the church on your right then the tennis courts on your left and take the next right onto the High Street. Wasps Studios are 20 yards up on your right hand side.

recommendations: The Masonic Arms (16). The Masonic Arms (19 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JA) is great for guest real ales, and has a wide selection of international bottled beers too. Town Walk (17). Take the circular walk around Kirkcudbright, starting in the Harbour square, going via Millburn Lane, then on to St Cuthbert’s Cemetery with fantastic views of the town, and finally a stroll through Barhill Wood.

recommendations: The Masonic Arms (16). 19 Castle street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JA, 01557 330517, www.themasonic-arms.co.uk. The Masonic Arms has excellent and regularly changing guest ales and is a very short walk from Wasps studios. Maclellan’s Castle (18). Just a little further on is this 16th century castle right in the heart of Kirkcudbright. Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JD. Tel: 01557 331856, historic-scotland.gov.uk

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35 EMMA KERR

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Studio 10, Wasps Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JGT T: (44) 7776142054 E: emmaloukerr@gmail.com W: estherbird.wordpress.com

Studio 11, Wasps Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (44) 7734421029 E: info@moragmacpherson.com W: www.moragmacpherson.com

I am a silk screen textile producer, creating limited run or one off pieces of art, clothing and accessories. I am a recent graduate from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, who was given my studio in Kirkcudbright by the Hollywood Trust to further my work. I produce my prints using a unique combination of photographic, illustrative, silk printing and dying techniques, to create a diverse range of products. All works have the central pillar of quality contemporary textiles and creative craftsmanship, translating observations I have made from the surrounding beauty of the Scottish countryside into print.

I’ve been living in Galloway for two years and I’d like to give this year’s Spring Fling visitors an insight into my experiences and influences from this part of the world. For 2013 I will preview a new collection of patterns and related creations alongside my usual array of brightly coloured fabrics and wallpapers, limited edition cushions, scarves, bags, and unique patchworked kimono, skirts, throws and wall hangings. My technique evolves from shapes seen and photographed, from life and books, line drawings and computer manipulation. These are digitally printed onto fabrics and wallpapers.

directions: Entering Kirkcudbright from the A75, head along St Mary’s Street, turning right onto the High Street after the Stewartry Museum. Wasp Studios are on the right just beyond the Selkirk Arms Hotel.

directions: As you enter Kirkcudbright from the Tongland Bridge, drive straight along St Mary Street and take a right turn after Stewartry Museum which will bring you onto the High Street. WASPS Studios are on your right just after Selkirk Arms Hotel.

recommendations: Gordon House Hotel (19). The scampi is amazing and great value only across the road from my studio. 116 High Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway DG6 4JQ. Tel: 01557 330670. Also Kirkcudbright’s Natural Habour (20) is a short walk and a lovely place to watch the boats and get a sense of the culture.

recommendations: Mute hill estuary walk (21). On leaving Kirkcudbright turn into Mutehill before taking the road up to Dundrennan. Walk along the coastline through the forest and out onto the cliff edge for another perspective. It is particularly stunning during sunset but equally breathtaking views can be enjoyed almost anytime of day and during any season.

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37 CRESSA MCLAREN

38 JOANNA MCLEMAN GISBEY

Studio 2,Cannonwalls and Claverhouse, 117 high street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (01644) 450338 E: cressa.glass@googlemail.com W: www.cressamclaren.com Facebook: Cressa’s Glass Works Twitter: @Cressamclaren

WASPS, Cannonwalls, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (01556) 640417 E: jocolour@hotmail.co.uk W: www.jocolour.com

I’ve been incorporating new colours, combinations and designs into my glasswork this year. The Glass Meadows wall installation will be a centrepiece once more, I use the techniques of fusing, draping, slumping and sandblasting glass to create the different designs that will be on display throughout the studio in the form of many decorative and functional objects. I am also experimenting with a new design process, creating draped pendant lampshades. These will add an extra dimension to the glass on display.

Visitors will see a wide variety of work in different media. Colour motivates me into action and this is reflected in my paintings, collages and lively sculptural jewellery, which I hand-cut from giant balloons or ultra-violet latex. They are big, colourful, joyful, lightweight pieces and great fun to wear. I have also been developing a series of terracotta sculptures based on my experiences of Motherhood. The gestures have been changing from Carrying and Holding to Letting Go. What started from the very personal has developed into a shared universal experience.

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright until it becomes St Mary Street. Pass the church on your right and tennis courts on your left and then take a right on to the High Street. Wasps studios are 20 yards up on your right hand side. recommendations: Selkirk Arms (22). Selkirk Arms (High Street) Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG 01557 330402 (www.selkirkarmshotel.co.uk) Does excellent bar meals. Broughton House. High st Kirkcudbright 01557330473 (www.nts.org.uk) National trust of Scotland owned house and garden of E.A.Hornel. facilities:

directions: WASPS Studios are on the High Street, 2 doors down from the Selkirk Arms Hotel. The studios are situated in 2 buildings which have a glass link. My studio is right at the top, in Cannonwalls. recommendations: The Selkirk Arms Hotel (22). The Selkirk Arms Hotel, High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG Tel: 01557 330 402 The welcome is friendly, the food excellent and they hold residential Art Courses throughout the year. Kirkcudbright (17). The town of Kirkcudbright is very beautiful and worth walking round to enjoy. It has a working harbour with a beautiful walk along the river Dee.

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39 AMY WINSTANLEY

40 JANE B.GIBSON

WASPS Artists Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG T: (07966) 014778 E: email@amywinstanley.com W: www.amywinstanley.com Facebook: Amy Winstanley Artist Twitter: @AmyWinstanley1

Cornerways Studio, 7 Selkirk Road, Kirkcudbright DG6 4BL T: (01557) 331640 E: jane@cornerwaysart.co.uk W: www.cornerwaysart.co.uk Facebook: Jane Gibson

My paintings are about my experience of the natural world. I am interested in its complexity and beauty. They are strongly based on shapes and textures in the natural world but are interpreted through my own emotional response. I let the paintings evolve using a blend of intuitive gestures and conscious forms. I like them to have freedom in movement coupled with a sense of balance. As well as finished pieces, visitors will have a chance to see my workings and ideas through sketchbooks, photography and drawings.

Jane exhibits her award winning miniature paintings nationally and internationally. She is currently the ONLY Scot living in Scotland who has gained full membership to the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (London). Working mainly in oil on ivorine, polymin and vellum her attention to fine detail is evident in all the work you will see. Subjects include pets, people and places. Larger works can also be viewed and work in progress. Prints, cards and notebooks available with Jane’s designs.

directions: In Kirkcudbright, the WASPS Artist Studios building is on the High Street just off the A711 (St Mary St) road going through the town. The WASPS building is a couple of doors down from the Selkirk Arms Hotel on the High Street.

directions: If coming into Kirkcudbright from Dundrennan my home/studio lies directly behind the first sign you see for Kirkcudbright Artists’ Town. Take first right, after this sign, then directly right again and follow Selkirk Road to the end, parallel to A711.4mins from town centre.

recommendations: The Selkirk Arms Hotel (22). Does very good pub grub for lunch or dinner and has a nice beer garden at the back. High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG. TEl: 01557330402 www.selkirkarmshotel.co.uk. MacLellan’s Castle (18). Have a wonder round the remains of this 16th century castle situated in the centre of town. A great place to fuel the imagination. Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JD Tel: 01557331856 facilities: price range: £20 - £1000 friends offer: 5% discount on paintings and drawings for sale.

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recommendations: Selkirk Arms Hotel, KBT (22). Situated on the High Street. A warm welcome always awaits you with food to match at almost any time of day! They make a great ‘Posh Fish & Chips’ and cater for all needs. Artwork for sale around the walls makes it ideal for the art lover. View of Ross Island (23). Leaving Kirkcudbright on A711 for Dundrennan on coast road or walk on the flat 3minutes from Cornerways to a wooden seat at Sandside where you can sit and enjoy the wonderful views to the Island across Kirkcudbright Bay...a unique experience. facilities:

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41 URPU SELLAR

42 JENNIE ASHMORE

Bankhead, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright DG6 4QP T: (01557) 500618 E: urpu@urpusellarceramics.co.uk

61 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas DG7 1QU T: (01556) 640566 E: jennie@leafworks.co.uk W: Leafworks.co.uk

A ceramic artist in South West Scotland. Although my first language is not English I find it a rich source of inspiration. Listening to the way people speak reminds me of something, conjuring up a mental image, gives me an idea for another piece. My main medium is clay but I use any material that fits the work, be it new wood, drift wood, wire, metal, plastic, recycled materials. I like to make pieces with humour, almost like 3D cartoons, and if people laugh at my work I have succeeded!

I work with pressed leaves and flowers and collect material from local woods and gardens. This year some of my work will relate to a project I am participating in which will feature my response to Urr Water and its journey from Loch Urr to the sea. I will also have work relating to my locality of Auchencairn and the Mill Lane walk. I will demonstrate the techniques I use throughout the weekend.

directions: Take the coastal road A711. From Kirkcudbright, drive six miles to Dundrennan. Drive through the village. One mile further on - through the Glen when the road levels out, there is a white cottage on the right. That’s Bankhead. From Auchencairn, drive three miles, gentle uphill. After the pond and wooded area turn left. recommendations: The Solway Tide (13). Good coffee and home made food. Dundrennan Abbey (24). 12th century Cistercian Abbey ruins. Located in the village. facilities:

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directions: Leafworks Studio is situated at the top of Main St on the right, opposite the bus stop just off the A711. recommendations: The Old Smugglers Inn Auchencairn (25). DG71QU Tel 01556 640331. A traditional family run pub with great fish and chips! Dundrennan Abbey (24). Don’t miss the beautiful ruins of the abbey (01557 500262) www.historic-scotland.gov.uk situated in Dundrennan on the A711. facilities: price range: £40 - £950 friends offer: 10% discount for Friends on leafworks and cards.

friends offer: Yes. Discount depends on the purchase.

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43 TREVOR LEAT

44 JANET O’DONNELL

8 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas DG71QU T: (01556) 640161 E: trevorleat@hotmail.com W: www.trevorleat.co.uk Facebook: Trevor Leat

Daltamie, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas DG7 1RW T: (01556) 640068 E: info@oddesigns-scotland.com W: www.oddesigns-scotland.com

I work mostly with willow and you will see this year’s harvest stacked and seasoning outside my workshop. It is a beautiful material to use and its versatility encourages me in the making of flowing figurative sculpture and strong carrying baskets. It also has a lovely fragrance whilst drying which you may notice when you step inside my workshop. This year I will be demonstrating various weaving techniques, (when space and time allows), and showing some smaller scale sculptural work, garden pieces and a new selection of traditional baskets.

All of my work has colour, texture and immediacy at its core. Scarves continue to be the focus of my textile work but I am hoping to have some exciting new wearable art on show alongside my photographs and oil and watercolour paintings, in which I have an increasing interest. Weaving, knitting and other skills used in creating wearable art will be demonstrated throughout the weekend and questions encouraged. You may also enjoy browsing through the sketch books.

directions: Approaching Auchencairn from Dalbeattie (A711), turn right after The Smugglers Inn. The workshop is 100 yards up the hill on your left at the junction with Spout Row. Approaching from Kirkcudbright (A711), turn left after the primary school. The workshop is halfway down the street on your right. recommendations: The Old Smugglers Inn (25). A friendly, family run Inn with a restaurant and bar for lunches, coffee or a pint. The Old Smugglers Inn, Main Street, Auchencairn DG7 1QU Tel: 01556 640331. Sculpture Trail (5). Threave Gardens, Threave Gardens, Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX Tel: 0844 4932245.

directions: The studio is at the end of a short track running down the side of the football field at the bottom of the village on the A711. recommendations: The Sun Room Cafe (26). The Sun Room Cafe is on site at the studio. Run by Jade Norcross, especially for Spring Fling, it is a small venue where you can enjoy chatting with other visitors whilst gazing at the magnificent views across the Solway and devouring wonderful homemade cakes. The Hugh Paton Memorial Path (27). A 6km circular walk starting at the Millennium Garden and passing Auchencairn Bay, Redhaven Bay beach, Torr Point, farm and woodland. facilities:

facilities: price range: £20 - £1000 friends offer: Friday evening 8 -9pm preview option for Friends.

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45 LEEMING PATERSON

46 AMANDA SIMMONS

Glenhoul Brae, Dalry, Castle Douglas DG73U T: 01644 430004 E: moragleeming@me.com W: www.leemingpaterson.com Facebook: Leeming-Paterson Twitter: @leemingpaterson

Rosebank, Corsock, Castle Douglas DG7 3DN T: (05601) 470120 E: amanda.simmons@btinternet.com W: www.amandajsimmons.co.uk Facebook: Amanda Simmons Glass Twitter: @cameoengraving

Inspired by landscape and the natural world our photographic practise tests the boundaries of traditional image capture, with abstract and experimental projects taking place alongside more classic works. We will both be on hand throughout the weekend to chew the fat, offer tips and advice and run miniworkshops. Refreshments and plenty of home baking on offer as always.

This past year I have been working with glass powders; blending unique colours and increasing the detail seen on the surfaces of my glass. I’m challenging the work to become as delicate as possible whilst still creating strong, sculptural vessels, to the extent they float on water. My theme for the year is ‘Universal Structure’, investigating theories of how galaxies are constructed and playing with glass and gravity in the kiln to realise my own ideas. Glass vessels, work in progress, models, sketches and prints will be on show.

directions: We are four miles north of St John’s Town of Dalry on the B7000. It’s a stone house on the right-hand side of the road, situated on the hill with a polytunnel. Ample parking available in the quarry (2 minute walk up) or at the house for the less abled. recommendations: The Clachan Inn (1). Local pub serving good food with a friendly welcome. The Clachan Inn, 8-10 Main Street, St John’s Town of Dalry, Castle Douglas, DG7 3UW. Tel: 01644 430 241 Email: mail@theclachaninn.co.uk Carsphairn Heritage Centre (2). Explore the history of the north of the region at: The Heritage Centre, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas, DG7 3TQ. Tel No: 01644 460653 Email: info@carsphairnheritage.org facilities:

directions: Travelling on the A75, from either Dumfries or Stranraer, take the A712 at Crocketford (signposted Balmaclellan, New Galloway and Corsock). Corsock is approximately 6 miles up this road and my studio is located centrally in the village, opposite the bus stop and phone box. recommendations: Pringles Bar (3). A choice of cooked bar meals and drinks three doors up from the studio. Corsock DG7 3DN. Tel: 01644 440275. Knowetop Loch Reserve (4). Follow the A712 towards Balmaclellan for 4 miles for lovely walks around 2 lochs. http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserve/knowetop-lochs/

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price range: £33 - £1250 friends offer: 10% off for Friends of Spring Fling plus prize draw.

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47 NATALIE VARDEY

48 SUZANNE STUART DAVIES

Rosebank, Corsock, Castle Douglas DG7 DN T: (01644) 420634 E: ask@natalievardey.com W: www.natalievardey.com Facebook: Natalie Vardey Twitter: @NatalieVardey

Auchenhay Cottage, Corsock, Castle Douglas DG7 3HZ T: (01644) 440572 E: suzanne@muiryhillarts.co.uk W: www.muiryhillarts.co.uk

Bring back the brooch! I love working with precious metals, age-old tools and traditional skills. A change of venue for me this year, sharing Amanda’s space, is an opportunity to show some of the processes I use at my bench, transforming miniature sculpture and engineering into functional jewellery. Cabinets of lustrous pearls, polished gold and silver, simple shapes, fine details and finish: all will be revealed. I continue to state my admiration for all jewellers who made stunning work before the invention of electricity. It is humbling.

Currently preparing for three interesting exhibitions in 2013. New work is at different stages – sketchbooks, studies, finished paintings; others gradually drying, some struggling to be resolved. Questions and queries about painting and drawing happily tackled. Visitors will be warmly welcomed and invited to wander through the house and Summer Gallery, where a selection of paintings will be on display and for sale. The garden has picnic tables and views.

directions: Amanda’s studio is in the centre of Corsock, on the A712 (Balmaclellan/New Galloway to Crocketford), opposite the bus stop and phone box. recommendations: Designs Gallery Cafe (Purple route 6). Great coffee, lovely food, with a garden and a conservatory. 179 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DZ. Tel: 01556 504552 www.designsgallery.co.uk Knowetop Lochs, a SWT (4) small reserve. (OS NX706786, Landranger 84). From Balmaclellan (A712) it is on the right after The Lowes (Bread & Beer cottage on left), by a non-descript bridge. From Corsock it’s 4 miles west, after second wooded stretch of road. Lay-by for parking. Wellies/boots. Please keep dogs on leads. facilities:

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directions: From A75 at Crocketford, to A712. After 5 miles, turn right: ‘Lochenkit, Drumhumphry, Auchenhay’. Drive 2 miles along single track road, passing Drumhumphry Farm, through moorland and passing a cottage. The road rises and Auchenhay Cottage is on the left, the white house by a stand of Scots pine. recommendations: Loch Arthur Community Cafe & Shop (Orange route 2), Beeswing, DG2 9TS In a beautiful new building in Beeswing, the Loch Arthur Community Cafe & Shop sells award-winning cheeses and bread - BBC Food Producer of the Year 2011! Forest walk (6). After lunch at Loch Arthur Cafe, follow the road to New Abbey for a mile, turn off to the right at Kissock Forest to a parking place and forest walks - climb Lotus Hill! facilities:

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friends offer: Surprise gift for Friends.

friends offer: Friends Corner - a few ‘old friends’ will be offered at much reduced prices to Spring Fling Friends.

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49 MALCOLM DAVIES

50 PATTI LEAN

Auchenhay Cottage, Corsock, Castle Douglas DG7 3HZ T: (01644) 440572 E: malcolmdavies.prints@hotmail.co.uk W: www.muiryhillarts.co.uk

Newtonairds Studio, Newtonairds House, Newtonairds, Dumfries DG2 0JL T: (01387) 820312 E: patti@pattilean.co.uk W: patti@pattilean.co.uk Twitter: patti.lean

Current work is based on notes and sketchbooks made during research over many months into new themes and ideas, based around history, archaeology and wildlife. I make notes accompanied by drawings, done on the spot, in the landscape or sometimes in a museum. As ideas develop imaginatively, elements of the original sketches are combined into new, experimental work.

Visitors to the studio will see new work in painting, sound and printmaking, that is a response to the artist’s fondness for trail-running and hillwalking. The work seeks to locate these activities within the context of a contemporary sublime. There will also be work relating to the Isle of Tiree: the workings of the weather, the sea and traces of human activity through time and place.

directions: From A75 at Crocketford, to A712. After 5 miles, turn right: ‘Lochenkit, Drumhumphry, Auchenhay’. Drive 2 miles along single track road, passing Drumhumphry Farm, through moorland and passing a cottage. The road rises and Auchenhay Cottage is on the left, the white house by a stand of Scots pine. recommendations: Designs Gallery (Purple route 6). Castle Douglas. Fabulous food and atmosphere, the cafe at Designs Gallery with conservatory and garden, is always a treat. Good books, crafts and changing exhibitions make it special. DG7 1DZ Tel: 01556 504552. Nature walk (Orange Route 8). A favourite walk at all times of the year (winter is especially good, for barnacle geese), the RSPB Reserve at Mersehead, off the A710, near Caulkerbush has a trail which takes you along the sands on the edge of the magnificent Solway Firth. facilities:

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directions: From Dumfries bypass take A76 north, signposted Kilmarnock. At Holywood village take B729, left, signposted Dunscore, Moniaive. At Nether Gribton Farm, take left fork, signposted Newtonairds. After 3 miles, and long avenue of trees, turn right at Newtonairds Lodge. Follow driveway, bearing right, to stable house at top. recommendations: There will be a pop-up cafe in our kitchen (7), serving tea and cake. Head towards Shawhead, turn right just before Shawhead village, following signs for Glenkiln. This leads to the Glenkiln Sculptures (8) works placed in an open landscape setting by the landowner, Sir William Keswick. There are six sculptures: one by Auguste Rodin, four by Henry Moore and one by Jacob Epstein. facilities:

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friends offer: Friends Corner : some ‘old friends’ will be marked ‘Friends Friendly’, with big discounts for Spring Fling Friends.

friends offer: 10% discount for friends of Spring Fling. Late opening on Saturday evening.

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51 ALISON MACLEOD

Springback

52 LUCIANNE LASSALLE

Mentor

Newtonairds Studio, Newtonairds House, Newtonairds, Dumfries DG2 0JL T: (7786) 434981 E: alison@alisonmacleod.com W: www.alisonmacleod.com Facebook: Alison-Macleod-Jewellery Twitter: alison_macleod

The Studio, Laurieston House,, Wallaceton, Nr Dunscore, Dumfries DG2 0TG T: (0797) 7938151 E: contact@luciannelassalle.co.uk W: www.luciannelassalle.eu Facebook: Lucianne Lassalle Sculpture Twitter: @lucilassalle

My work is based on a love of collections, whether in a junk shop, a curiosity cabinet or jewellery box. Curios are collated by an individual according to their own unique experiences and understanding of the pieces. For the viewer, these sometimes unusual combinations of objects can throw up more questions than answers. This ambiguity only intrigues me further and to me encourages an imagined abstract narrative. When translating these ideas into my jewellery I incorporate the shapes, textures and often collected objects themselves. These juxtapositions create balance, elevating these unconventionally beautiful items.

Sculpture, Pottery, Paintings, Drawings. My work is mostly inspired by the human form, contemporary dance/theatre and ancient mythologies. I work from tabletop size to life size in clay and cast into bronze and cold cast iron and bronze resin. Some of my sculpture is suitable for outside. Drawings and paintings are in a variety of mediums, on canvas and paper. The pottery is decorated earthenware. There will be both work in progress and finished work on display.

directions: From Dumfries bypass take A76 north, signposted Kilmarnock. At Holywood village take B729, left, signposted Dunscore, Moniaive. At Nether Gribton Farm, take left fork, signposted Newtonairds. After 3 miles, and long avenue of trees, turn right at Newtonairds Lodge. Follow driveway, bearing right, to stable house at top. recommendations: Patti’s Kitchen (7). Patti’s kitchen will once again host the Spring Fling Pop up Cafe with gorgeous home baking and freshly brewed coffee. Routin Bridge (9). Shawhead, Dumfries and Galloway DG2 9TT. A beautiful old bridge and waterfall. facilities: price range: £20 - £1500

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directions: My studio is at Laurieston House. 11 miles northwest of Dumfries on the B729 in the hamlet of Wallaceton which is between Dunscore and Moniavie. I am just up off this road, follow the Spring Fling signs and the big blue and white jug signs to The Pottery. recommendations: The Green Tea Room (10). Next to The George pub in Moniaive near the bridge on the main street. Delicious homemade organic food, scrummy cakes! Laurieston House Pottery (11). See an Aladdins cave of unique gloriously decorated earthenware pottery and tile murals made by potter Jason Shackleton. facilities:

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53 HOLLY CLOTHIER

Young Artist

54 LAURA PERRY

Young Artist

Village Hall Wallaceton, Wallaceton, Nr Dunscore, Dumfries DG2 0TG T: (0740) 2389512 E: hclothier@gmail.com W: hollyclothier.tumblr.com

Village Hall Wallaceton, Wallaceton, Nr Dunscore, Dumfries DG2 0TG E: LAperry@hotmail.co.uk W:www.artsthread.com/p/lauraperry/

My work is expressed through the construction of textile sculptures. Using different fabrics and mixed media I create unconventional 3D sculptures. I find that textiles give me the versatility and control over what I wish to create, I enjoy making interesting structures and surfaces. Through my sculptures I am exploring the idea that our suppressed worries and fears manifest themselves when we let our body sleep and our mind open up. Unresolved fears can often be expressed through our unconscious mind, transforming them into nightmares. The forms of my work are organic in their design, expressing the fluid nature of the concept; created using a mixture of machine and hand sewing techniques.

I am a designer of Printed Textiles. I have always been drawn to fashion and since I can remember have been making things. For every piece I make I always like to think of the way it will look on the body and what it could become. For me print allows limitless colour and shape for my designs, creating something beautiful yet practical. My inspiration comes from architectural structures and their range of colours, which is not as narrow as you might imagine. The design process starts with plenty of research and experimentation with angles and different surroundings. My ideas then grow through drawing and collage, giving me a real focus on colour and shape. Visitors will be able to gain an insight into printed textiles and see drawings and sketchbooks along with work for sale.

directions: from Dumfries follow the signs to Moniaive on the B729, when you get to Dunscore bear right at the roundabout, in about 2 miles you get to Wallaceton, the village hall is down a short farm road on the left, parking on the farm road (please park as close to the wall as poss as the road is used by tractors) or park over the road in the village.

directions: from Dumfries follow the signs to Moniaive on the B729 when you get to Dunscore bear right at the roundabout, in about 2 miles you get to Wallaceton, the village hall is down a short farm road on the left, parking on the farm road (please park as close to the wall as poss as the road is used by tractors) or park over the road in the village.

facilities: price range: ÂŁ20 - ÂŁ1000 friends offer: 10% for friends of Spring Fling.

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facilities: friends offer: Prize draw to win an item of my work.


55 SARAH KEAST

56 SILVANA MCLEAN

Cairnbank, Dalry Road, Moniaive DG3 4EQ T: (01848) 200526 E: skeast@blairbell.co.uk W: www.sarahkeast.co.uk

The Tower House, High Street, Moniaive DG3 4HN T: (01848) 200321 E: silvanamclean@btinternet.com W: silvanamclean.co.uk Facebook: Silvana Mclean Artist

I work in printmaking and mixed media, often using more than one type of printing technique and then combining this with drawings, ceramic, fabric and paper resulting in both 3D collaged works and 2D prints. At present I am developing work under two themes: I continue to work on whales and the whaling industry, more recently I have been developing a body of work based on moths. Visitors will be able to see completed works and visit my studio to see sketchbooks and preparations for new work.

My interests remain in the north encompassing Iceland, Shetland and Orkney and their shared histories of seafaring in difficult waters. Currently combining etching with more 3Dimensional applications, from artists’ books to constructions in box frames, messages in bottles and the mesmeric words of the Shipping Forecast, I’m aiming to create some of the atmosphere of old forgotten museums. On show will be framed and unframed paintings of all sizes, etchings, tools and press, touchable sample prints, sketchbooks showing ideas development and Studio Sale section. I’m happy to discuss printmaking at any time.

directions: The house is a short walk (200 yards) from Moniaive on the A702 heading for Dalry. From the Cross in the centre of Moniaive travel up Chapel Street past the school. Cairnbank is the first house on the left after the humpback bridge at the outskirts of the village. recommendations: The Green Tea House (10). The Green Tea House is situated in the George Hotel on the High Street in Moniaive, and includes lovely vegetarian dishes. Striding Arches (12). If you feel like exploring you could visit Andy Goldsworthy’s Striding Arches at Cairnhead Community Forest. The first arch is located in the byre at the top of the Dalwhat Glen, 7 miles from Moniaive. The other three arches are on the hill tops in the surrounding area. facilities:

directions: Take A74 south to junction 14 signposted Elvanfoot and Thornhill. Head for Thornhill then take A702 south for Penpont and Moniaive. Follow the road through Moniaive, over the bridge up the High Street until you see a Clocktower. The studio is on the ground floor. recommendations: The Green Tea House (10). offers delicious homemade soups, scones and legendary desserts now in larger premises attached to the George Hotel. (www.green-teahouse.co.uk. 01848 200099). Easy walk (13). There is a circular walk round the village joining Ayr Street with North Street which follows the path of Glasgow Boy James Paterson’s painting The Last Turning.

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facilities: price range: £15 - £2400 friends offer: 10% discount on all work not in sale section.

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“ Friendly, quality experience in all instances, Spring Fling makes studio experiences totally accessible - a fun, no pressure insight to the artists’ world.” 2012 Visitor

57 MELVILLE BROTHERSTON Mill Studio Dungalston Farm, Craigdarroch, Moniaive, Thornhill DG34JA T: (01848) 200673 E: melartmoniaive@btinternet.com W: www.melvillebrotherston.co.uk

I am inspired by drama in landscape from visits to Sutherland, Wester Ross and the Island of Arran. I use the colour and mood of mountains and sea, manipulating if necessary the composition, in order to maximize drama in landscape through the energy of the paint surpace. directions: Mill Studio is on the B729, leaving Moniaive by Ayr Street, head for Carsphairn. Dungalston is a large farmhouse, painted pink and white on right hand side of the road, approcximately one mile from the village. There is a sign ‘Mill Studio’ at the bottom of the lane and parking directions. recommendations: The Green Tea House (10). High Street, Moniaive, DG3 4EJ. Tel: 01848 200099. facilities: price range: £150 - £2000

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58 ANNE BUTLER

59 ANTHEA SUMMERS

Ferndale Studio, Durisdeer Village, Thornhill DG3 5BJ T: (01848) 500322 E: annecbutler@gmail.com W: www.annebutler.co.uk

Goukthorn, Drumlanrig, Thornhill DG3 4AR T: (01848) 600287 E: info@antheasummers.com W: www.antheasummers.com Facebook: Anthea Summers Ceramics

My paintings are loose, colourful, energetic and generally landscapes. My work is often inspired by fields and fences, wind and weather and coastal visits. I enjoy experimenting with colour and trying out new techniques. I work in acrylic on canvas in all sizes. I will have a “shed sale” of older work and other bits and pieces. Afternoon tea and home baking will be served in the conservatory (or garden) each day from 2pm-5pm.

With large rotund forms and vibrant colours and glazes, my distinctive take makes for ceramics which exude style and personality. I continue to explore and experiment with glazes, colour and painting forms, and use various firing techniques including stoneware, Raku and smoke-firing to glaze and fire a pot. I am planning a Raku demonstration in the beechwood garden on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, glazing and firing a large pot. I will also provide an opportunity for visitors to glaze and fire a pot.

directions: From Thornhill head north on A76. After 2 miles at Carronbridge take the A702 towards Edinburgh. After 3 miles look for the sign indicating a right turn to Durisdeer. On entering Durisdeer leave your car in the square and walk beyond the church. Ferndale Studio is first on your left. recommendations: Thomas Tosh Cafe Gallery (1). The “Salad Selection with bread” is great value. 19 East Morton Street & 55 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill, DG3 5LZ Open 10.00am-5.00pm Monday - Saturday. Open on Sunday during Spring Fling. Telephone: 01848 331553. Durisdeer Parish Church and Mausoleum (2), Durisdeer Village, Thornhill DG3 5BJ Always open. Walk past the church up the old Roman road to the Roman Fortlet. facilities:

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directions: Take the A702 from Thornhill towards Moniaive. At Penpont turn right opposite the Post Office. After 2 miles, turn left at a triangle. After another 2 miles, turn right at a T-junction by Druidhall Farm. Continue for 1 1/2 miles, Goukthorn Cottage is on the left at the next junction. recommendations: Penpont Tearoom (3). Main Street, Penpont, Thornhill DG3 4BP 07765073913. Serving home cooked specials and puddings to die for. Drumlanrig Castle (4). There is plenty to keep you entertained at Drumlanrig Castle outside Thornhill, in the Country Park and Victorian Gardens, the Renaissance-style Castle has guided tours. Thornhill DG3 4AQ. www.drumlanrig.com facilities: price range: £10 - £500

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60 ROB JARVIS

61 JANE BLAIR

Craignee Cottage, Scaur Water, Penpont DG3 4NW T: (07528) 445640 E: enquiries@jarvisfurnituremakers.co.uk W: www.jarvisfurnituremakers.co.uk

Lannhall Cottage, Tynron, Thornhill, DG3 4LA T: (01848) 200707 E: info@janeblair.co.uk W: www.janeblair.co.uk

I make practical pieces of lasting quality, using a range of traditional hand tools and modern equipment. The hardwoods of Scotland and the Borders form the raw material. My furniture incorporates clean lines and a quiet solidity, with the occasional nod towards Arts and Crafts. Practical and beautiful: that’s what I’m after. Visitors can look around the workshop, examine different types of wood, see a piece of work in progress showing joints and construction, and watch hand tools in use.

I am a painter directly influenced by my surroundings. I am fascinated by the pastoral, the patterns created and left by the weather and beasts on the landscape. I try to catch that fleeting moment when the everyday becomes remarkable. Visitors to the studio will find works mainly in oil, mounted sketches, prints and cards. I will be selling some older pieces at reduced prices.

directions: Head out of Penpont towards Moniaive on the A702. At Capenoch, turn R at junction signposted ‘Scaur Water’. Craignee is 1 mile on the L from the junction, uppermost of the first two houses you see. recommendations: Buccleuch and Queensberry Hotel (5), Thornhill. Newly refurbished and a chef from Edinburgh, with a very good menu. Lower reaches of the Scaur (6). Old oak woodland, an iron age fort and an early Goldsworthy. facilities:

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directions: From the A76 at Thornhill take the A702 towards Penpont/Moniaive. A mile after Penpont take the right fork signposted Tynron. From village cross bridge and turn left at Tjunction/war memorial. Lannhall Cottage is large white steading on right. Park in driveway and follow signs to studio at back of steading. recommendations: Buccleuch And Queensberry Hotel (5). 112 Drumlanrig St, Thornhill. Newly renovated hotel with cosy open fires and comfy chairs. Serving coffee and cakes, lunches, afternoon teas and fine dining. A perfect stop for the weary spring flinger to recharge their batteries. Tynron Doon (7). Tynron Doon is an impressive iron age fortress. An energetic hike to the top will take about 40 mins from the village hall car park . You will be rewarded with splendid views of the nith valley from the lowther hills to the Solway facilities:

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62 CLARE MELINSKY

63 MAX NOWELL

c/o Jane Blair, Lannhall Cottage, Tynron, Thornhill DG3 4LA T: (01848) 331733 E: clare.melinsky@btinternet.com W: www.claremelinsky.co.uk

1 Steilhead Cottages, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0TN T: (07879) 999029 E: maxnowell123@gmail.com W: www.maxnowellsculpture.co.uk

Most of my lino cut prints started out as illustrations commissioned for books and magazines. Over the years I have illustrated many different subjects: gardening, country life, food, and all of Shakespeare’s plays. In the studio, visitors can roll ink onto a lino cut and make a print to take home, using my antique cast iron press.

My studio, on Nithsdale’s western slopes, offers a warm welcome to Spring Fling visitors, with tea, coffee and home-baked cakes to enjoy while you stroll around the sculpture-filled garden or take in the smaller pieces indoors. You will see work in dry-stone, large and small carvings, lettering and relief carvings, and some pieces in mixed materials. My work reflects my interests in the natural world and in such activities as farming, quarrying and gardening. Time permitting, I’ll be giving brief demonstrations/explanations of some of the tools, materials and techniques that I use.

directions: From the A76 at Thornhill take the A702 following signs for Penpont and Moniaive. Leave Penpont on the Moniaive road and in a mile take the right fork signposted Tynron. Go through the village, over the bridge, turn left at the T-junction. Follow the road quarter of a mile; Lannhall Cottage is the large steading on the right. recommendations: Trigony House Hotel (8). For a special evening meal this is the place to go. One mile south of Thornhill on the A76. You may well have to book.Trigony House Hotel, Closeburn, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire DG3 5EZ. Tel: 01848 331211 Email: info@trigonyhotel. Scaur Water (6). A little winding road up the Scaur Water takes you into the heart of the hills (DG3 4NG). The road is signposted on the A702 just west of Penpont. Take a picnic and eat it beside the burn in the company of sheep and curlew. facilities:

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directions: From the south, turn off the A76 at Auldgirth shop, then right after half a mile, signposted Penpont. After roughly three and a half miles, pass a pretty little lodge-house on your left, take the next left, then follow the arrows. From Penpont, head towards Auldgirth and follow the arrows. recommendations: Penpont Tearoom (3). Right on the crossroads in Penpont, the tea room offers delicious home-made food and drinks, with a warm welcome. The Mull (9). A quick walk or drive to the top of the hill above my studio will give you the most stunning panoramic views across beautiful mid and upper Nithsdale. Well worth it. facilities:

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64 DENISE ZYGADLO

Mentor

65 JENNIFER WATT

Glenhead, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0TR T: (01387) 740285 E: denisezygadlo@btinternet.com W: www.denisezygadlo.co.uk Facebook: Denise Zygadlo

Burnhead House, Burnhead, Thornhill DG3 4AD T: (01848) 331524 E: wattsculpture@gmail.com W: www.jenniferwatt.co.uk Facebook: Jennifer Watt Sculpture

Creases in an elbow, wrinkles on a knee, gathered cloth, folds of fabric it’s the details I’m interested in and I explore these through drawing and the use of a photocopier. You will find life size wrapped body images on silk chiffon hangings, canvasworks, drawings and collages. There will also be an opportunity to see the video of a performance from the launch of my exhibition ‘Involutus Memet’ last September.

Glad to be back again after a gap year. My new work consists of bronze, wood, cement, resin and more recently soapstone. You will be able to see work in progress, and take a stroll around the garden to view finished work and also visit my studio to see some of my drawings, photographs and interior work. Hopefully it will be a bit tidier than it is now.

directions: Dumfries: A76 north 7 miles, left at Auldgirth shop, uphill 1 mile, right fork to Penpont, uphill 1 mile Glenhead on left. Thornhill: A76 south 6 mile, right at Auldgirth shop, instructions above. From Moniaive: B729 to Dunscore 7 miles, left at crossroads, 3 miles Glenmidge, left uphill, turn right. recommendations: Auldgirth Tearoom (10). Next to Auldgirth PO and Stores a delightful, friendly place to take a break and enjoy home cooking. If it’s sunny you can eat outside under the umbrellas. Just off A76 at Auldgirth DG2 0RZ. Tel: 01387 740 235. Lagg Tower 1444 (11). Directly below my studio, 1 mile along the road from Glenmidge to Dunscore you will find the ruin of Lagg Tower, “first known home of the ladies and lords of Lag” and sometimes used as an Episcopalian meeting house owned by the supposedly “wicked Grierson of Lagg”. facilities:

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directions: From the A76 at Thornhill, follow signs to Penpont on the A702. Turn right after approx one mile (at the red post box). This is Burnhead, as you go through the village, Burnhead House is the last house on the left. recommendations: Thomas Tosh (1). 19 East Morton Street Thornhill DG3 5LZ 01848 331553 www.thomastosh.com. You can get a really good lunch great coffee and lovely cakes. Drumlanrig Castle (4). Thornhill DG3 4AG 01848 600283 www.drumlanrig.com. The imposing former stronghold of the Douglas clan and the home of the Duke of Buccleuch, offers plenty to keep you entertained, including a 120,000 acre estate, country park, Victorian gardens and the Renaissance style castle itself. facilities:

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“ Wonderful and affordable art in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries and Galloway. This is truly one of the jewels of Scotland!” 2012 Visitor

66 VICTOR HENDERSON Carronbridge Village Hall, Carronbridge, Thornhill DG3 5AY T: (01848) 330125 E: info@victorhendersonwatercolours.com W: victor henderson watercolors.com Facebook: Victor Henderson Twitter: @victorvictorart

The Hall this year will once again give me the chance to have space to empty the studio and organise my autumn/winter/spring works so that visitors can see the range of work from drawings/monoprints/and watercolour from small sketch work to large banner pieces.There will be a chance for visitors to work on a large piece and on day three I will make a work in the hall throughout the day. directions: On leaving Thornhill travelling North on the A76 signposted Kilmarnock you will drive 2miles to the village of Carronbridge. Staying on the A76 which runs through the village you will drive downhill to the bridge over the Carron Burn and continue uphill toward the village hall. recommendations: Thomas Tosh (1) (19 East Morton St Thornhill DG3 5LZ; 01848 331524. This café/gallery/giftshop has an excellent menu based on locally sourced produce and always has something unique and interesting going on in the gallery and shop area. Drumlanrig Castle (4) (Drumlanrig Mains Thornhill DG3 4AG 01848 331390 is about a half mile from studio 66, has extensive grounds, garden, tea-room, shop and a variety of events throughout the summer. facilities:

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67 KATHARINE WHEELER

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68 ANDREW ADAIR

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Rd, Dumfries DG1 1JQ T: (0141) 3399888 E: info@katharinewheeler.com W: www.katharinewheeler.com Facebook: Katharine Wheeler Artist

Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ T: (01387 ) 252510 E: awadair@btinternet.com W: www.axisweb.org/artists/andrewadair

What intrigues me is the process of a work, the study, drawing, and the backbone that brings it all together. I see my new paintings/drawings as explorations of this, hopefully saying only what needs to be said in the detail leaving the rest unhidden, perhaps giving a glimpse of my working story. For this years Spring Fling I will be including new works exhibiting this process from drawn and painted sketches, both figurative and landscape orientated, through to finished pieces of all sizes.

I am currently working with a fairly subtle palette using different clays as a base. This involves stretching, layering and folding the clay, then imprinting the surface; printmaking with clay and glaze instead of paper and ink. I am also exploring themes and concepts with lettering and text-based work, and influences range from American gun culture through Jazz to Japanese haiku and other general whimsy. Visitors will see a wide variety of forms and techniques both old and new.

directions: The Studio building is the more modern building of the two buildings at Gracefield Arts Centre. It is also where the centre’s cafe and craft shop are located.

directions: Situated in the grounds of the Gracefield Arts Centre, the pottery is the small pinkish terracotta-coloured building next to the green portacabin.

recommendations: Lincluden Abbey (1). Sitting on the bend of Cluden Water near where it meets the Nith river, Lincluden Abbey is a less discovered jewel in Dumfries and well worth a visit. Loch Arthur (2). If you are traveling on, the new café and farm shop at Loch Arthur, in Beeswing, is full of wholesome, award winning bites and only 15mins away.

recommendations: Cafe Hubbub (3). Cafe Hubbub, situated in Gallery 2, at the Gracefield Arts Centre (28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ, Tel: 01387262084), serves lovely homemade soups, sandwiches and cakes(especially Merle’s merengues) freshly made on site. Gracefield Arts Centre (3). The Gracefield Arts Centre houses a cafe, a shop selling locally produced art and craft, three exhibition spaces and an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture in the grounds.

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69 EWAN MCCLURE

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70 HELEN ACKLAM

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Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Edinburgh Dumfries T: (0131) 6693924 E: ewanmcclure@yahoo.com W: www.ewanmcclure.wordpress.com Facebook: Ewan McClure

Bellevue Villa, 113 Lockerbie Road, Dumfries DG1 3BN T: (01387) 254654 E: helen@stuartacklam.plus.com

The French poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire highlighted the distinction between ‘finished’ and ‘complete.’ A painting can be ‘unfinished’ in the conventional sense but have reached completion as a coherent expressive statement. Such a work would gain nothing of relevance from further additions or refinement. In my most recent work I’ve been exploring this matter. Except where I’ve wanted to suggest stillness and the slow passage of time, I’ve actively resisted the urge to refine the brushwork and paint to the corners, concentrating instead on capturing my primary interest perhaps only a facial likeness or the general pose and atmosphere of a model - within a strict time limit. These self-imposed time limits often leave me with unresolved elements and bare priming, but it’s the best way I’ve found to preserve the pure, channelled excitement that I experience in painting.

My inspiration comes from the Orkneys: their archaeology, landscape and geology and also Norwegian influences on the islands. Detailed research, particularly Norse mythology allows for connections to another world and way of life. Sketchbooks on display in the studio are used for recording thoughts and ideas as well as exploring techniques and qualities of surface, form and texture. My work is positioned across drawing, painting and sculpture with new work exploring artists books and box work. Refreshments will also be available with donations going to a local charity.

directions: The Studio building is the more modern building of the two buildings at Gracefield Arts Centre. It is also where the centre’s cafe and craft shop are located. recommendations: In your eagerness to get around art studios don’t overlook the diverse permanent collection on show in Gracefield Arts Centre (3). Contemplate those qualities which are judged to give certain pieces of art a lasting, museumquality interest and value. facilities: price range: £400 - £2500

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directions: From the A75 exit onto A709 Lockerbie Road heading into Dumfries. Drive past the Peel Centre, continue over the mini roundabout.Bellevue Villa is situated opposite Houston’s Butchers. From Dumfries,follow Lockerbie Road towards A75. 113 is the second house after Bane Loaning. recommendations: J.B.Houston Quality Butchers (4). Greenbrae Loaning, Dumfries, DG1 3DQ) a family-run butchers selling quality produce from speciality rare breeds to a range of local meats. Haggis may be the speciality but the burgers and sausages are highly recommended for summer BBQs. Dock Park (5) for a beautiful riverside walk with stunning views towards Criffel. facilities: price range: £10 - £500 friends offer: 10% discount for friends of Spring Fling.

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71 AILSA BLACK

72 ALISON FAIR BIXLER

Kirkbean Village Hall, Kirkbean, Dumfries DG2 8DW T: (01387) 880537 E: ailsa.black@btinternet.com W: www.ailsablack.com Facebook: Ailsa-Black-Scottish-Artist Twitter: @AilsaBlack

Kirkbean Village Hall, , Kirkbean DG2 8DW T: (01387) 249 176 E: Bixler2@Hotmail.co.uk

My paintings are a light-hearted interpretation of life in a tiny coastal hamlet with a studio that faces the sea at the front and fields and hills at the back. With depictions of characters by the seaside and animals in fields, my paintings capture a narrative glimpsed from the environment around me. Original paintings will be for sale as well as cards and prints. Look out for work in progress and the childrens corner.

Wool! Glorious wool! Wool soft. Curly. All the colours of a Shetland flock. Wool spun, handwoven, felted. large wall hung pieces from a single fleece. Small bags incorporating different techniques, different parts, different shades of the fleece. Small sculptural pieces - useful as a tea cosy, decorative as a miniature coat. In all my work the determining factor is the wool itself. Spun on a wheel, woven on a tapestry loom or a multi-shaft floor loom. I continue to explore the qualities of the raw fleece and relate it to different forms, functions, and media.

directions: Follow the A710 coast road to Kirkbean. Turn into Kirkbean village following the road signs for Carsethorn. Take the first road immediately on your right. After 50m you will see the Village Hall on your right. recommendations: Spring Fling Cafe (6). The cafe in the Village Hall will be serving light lunches and delicious home made cakes with lashings of tea and coffee all weekend - all proceeds go the local community. National Museum of Costume (7). Based at Shambellie House in New Abbey. Shambellie was built in 1856. A superb example of a Victorian country house, it was designed by the Scottish architect David Bryce. Today Shambellie displays a rich hoard of clothing spanning over 100 years.

directions: Follow the A710 coast road to Kirkbean. Turn into Kirkbean village following the road signs for Carsethorn. Take the first road immediately on your right. After 50m you will see Kirkbean Village Hall on your right and the studio is located inside. recommendations: Spring Fling Cafe, Kirkbean Village Hall (6). Soup & sandwiches & a cuppa. Mersehead Nature Reserve (8). RSPB, lovely walks, see birds, beach walk to the waterfall... facilities:

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73 LETTIE BLACKETT

74 PHILIPPA SINCLAIR

Nethermill House, Arbigland, Kirkbean DG2 8BJ T: (01387) 880283 E: lettieblackett@yahoo.co.uk W: www.lettieblackett.com

Colvend Public Hall, Colvend, Dalbeattie DG54QD T: (077693) 36879 E: philippasinclair.art@gmail.com W: www.philippasinclair-art.com

The two main themes to be found in my work this year will be the Edinburgh Fringe and once again India. Since Spring Fling 2012 I have returned to the subcontinent for a further 6 months and will continue to explore this exciting country in my work.

I will be exhibiting watercolour and oil paintings in my bold and colourist style of all genre such as seascape landscape and still life. I am currently working on the challenges posed by abstraction and how to reduce the painted stokes to the minimum without losing the vivacity and arresting nature of the chosen subject. I am especially inspired by the constant theatre posed by clouds in our Galloway skies and will be showing a series on skies.

directions: Take the A710 to Kirkbean. In Kirkbean, turn into the village (signposted Carsethorn). Take the next right signposted Arbigland. Continue on this road for approximately half a mile and then turn left where there is a stone sign for ‘Nethermill of Arbigland’. Follow this road until you come to the first house on the corner.

directions: Colvend Public Hall is immediately adjacent to Colvend Shop and Cafe on the A710 south of Dalbeattie.

recommendations: The Steamboat Inn (9). (Carsethorn, Nr Dumfries, DG2 8DS, 01387 880 631, www.steamboatinncarsethorn.co.uk) overlooks the Solway and serves good ‘pub grub’. John Paul Jones Cottage Museum (10) (Arbigland, Kirkbean, DG2 8BQ, 01387 880 613, www.jpj.demon.co.uk) The birthplace of John Paul Jones, ‘father’ of the American Navy.

recommendations: Treats and Eats Cafe (11). Treats and Eats Cafe is adjacent to Colvend Public Hall 01556630228 www.treatyourselfcolvend.webs.com. A warm and wecoming palce for all meals and even on a sunny day you can sit outside. Walk (12). A stunning walk from Rockcliffe to Portling via Castlepoint. Golden gorse. dramatic seas and cliffs and peppered with an astonishing array of wild flowers especially in the last weekend of May.

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75 JOHN THRELFALL

76 WENDY KERSHAW

The Rockcliffe Gallery, Rockcliffe, Dalbeattie DG5 4QF T: (01556) 630262 E: john@johnthrelfall.co.uk W: www.johnthrelfall.co.uk

Barnbarroch Pottery, Kippford, Dalbeattie DG5 4LE T: (01556) 620695 E: wendy.kershaw@gmail.com W: www.wendykershaw.org Facebook: Wendy Kershaw Twitter: @wendy_kershaw

Having completed my ‘Coastal Journey’ project, drawings and paintings of UK coastal habitats and wildlife and which will be on show and for sale, I am looking forward to moving on to other studies and in particular our local red squirrels. We are so lucky to have these beautiful creatures in the woods around us but they are under threat as never before. I want to celebrate their presence before it is too late. I will be painting at the easel throughout the weekend.

Ceramicist Wendy Kershaw uses the qualities of clay to create narrative illustrations. Drawing with needles into the clay, then layering on stains, transfers and lustres to produce unique and detailed images. She will be demonstrating her work at different stages of making. Three residencies in China have developed her work, and it is in international and private collections.

directions: Take the Dumfries to Dalbeattie road (the A710) and, at Colvend, turn down the road to Rockcliffe, following the brown tourist signs to the Rockcliffe Gallery. recommendations: The Clonyard House Hotel (13). The Clonyard House Hotel (Colvend DG5 4QW www.clonyardhotel.co.uk 01556 630372) is a great spot for lunch or evening meals serving fresh local foods and specialities. The National Trust for Scotland property at Rockcliffe (12). The National Trust for Scotland property at Rockcliffe (08444 932 100 www.nts.org.uk) offers a variety of easy walks in picturesque surroundings with archeological sites and wildlife facilities:

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directions: The studio is three miles from Dalbeattie on the A710 coast road, on the Kippford junction. Look out for the Barnbarroch Pottery sign. recommendations: Cafe Hubbub (3). Cafe Hubbub, situated in Gallery 2, at the Gracefield Arts Centre (28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ, Tel: 01387 262084), serves lovely homemade soups, sandwiches and cakes (especially Merle’s meringues) freshly made on site. Gracefield Arts Centre (3). The Gracefield Arts Centre houses a cafe, a shop selling locally produced art and craft, three exhibition spaces and an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture in the grounds. facilities: price range: £100 - £1500 friends offer: 10% for Friends of Spring Fling.


77 CHRISTINE SMITH

78 ROGER LEVER

Barnbarroch Pottery, Kippford, Dalbeattie DG5 4LE T: (01556) 620695 E: hester@barnbarroch-pottery.com W: www.christinehestersmith.co.uk

Lever Studio and Gallery, New Station Road, Dalbeattie DG54AN T: (01556) 612546 E: rogeralever@hotmail.com W: www.rogerleverphotography.co.uk

Looking around my studio I am amazed by the amount of equipment I seem to have amassed over the years. There are extruders and pugmills for squeezing clay, a slab roller for squashing clay, wheels for spinning clay, as well as wood and metal working tools for die making. All of these are used to create my ceramic compositions, such as extruded boats, an open topped tour bus, ceramic furniture or long illustrative dishes. Come and be as surprised and hopefully excited as I am by the results.

My work is about capturing the absolute essence of a subject, whether it be the portrait of a ninety year old person, the rugged elemental landscape of the Western Isles, or the movement of an elusive wild animal on the vast open plains of Africa. Whatever the subject it is the light that lets us see it, and as a photographer I like to explore the way light shapes and shifts our perspective in a moment. My aim is to capture that moment. I will also be offering my Scottish visitors the chance to take part in a NEW PROJECT which will be starting this year and continuing throughout 2014 1000facesscotland.com The aim of this project is “to capture the soul of our nation by taking photographs of its people today”.

directions: The studio is three miles from Dalbeattie on the A710 coast road, on the Kippford junction. Look out for the Barnbarroch Pottery sign. recommendations: The Forest Tea Room (14). Little Richorn, Dalbeattie DG5 4QU Tel: 01556 611911 Breakfast rolls, light lunches, great lemon meringue pie and some grand rare breed chickens in the garden. The 7 Stanes (15) Richorn Trailhead at Dalbeattie is a great place to have a short walk or a more strenuous bike ride in Dalbeattie forest. If you are energetic there is a large granite sculpture ‘The Heart Cleft Stane’ at the top of Cloak Hill, worth getting puffed to see. facilities:

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price range: £15 - £1800 friends offer: A Spring Fling penguin or a greeting card to friends who make a purchase.

directions: At the Clock Tour in Dalbeattie take the turning onto Station road at the Bank of Scotland. Go up the hill for 2-300 metres and take the left turn ontoNew Station Road. The studio is 50 metres on the left. recommendations: The Laurie Arms Hotel (Purple route 7). 11-13 Main Street, Haugh of Urr, Castle Douglas DG7 3YA Phone: 01556 660246. Hours: Mon-Fri 12-2pm, 5-9pm / Sat-Sun 12-9pm. Orchardton Tower (16). A charming little tower house of the mid-15th-century. The property is, uniquely, circular in plan. 6m south east of Castle Douglas on the A711.Grid reference - NX 817 551. facilities: price range: £75 - £1500

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79 JOE SMITH

80 JENNY SMITH

Beech Cottage, Milton, Crocketford, Dumfries DG2 8RJ T: (01556) 690632 E: joe@joe-smith.co.uk W: joe-smith.co.uk

Beech Cottage, Milton, Dumfries DG2 8RJ T: (0) 7776392809 E: jennysmith.uk@gmail.com W: www.jennyesmith.co.uk

Potentially threefold enjoyment at Beech Cottage this year: New SpringFlinger Jenny Smith’s vibrant multi- media floral paintings, Elizabeth’s lovely garden - caught though it may be twixt spring and summer bloom - and Joe’s proliferating slateworks. Among the shrubs you will find vases, acorns, conifers, spheres, and topiary wot-nots. There will also be a ‘pear’, strutting its serious threat to a craftsman’s innate notions of symmetry. Bring it on!

Back to working in my home environment, the richness of the natural world around me brings a host of inspiration. I am fascinated by the complexity of floral structure, and love to explore this alongside pattern, texture and colour, bringing the maximum possible vibrancy and dynamism to each canvas. Sharing this particular studio gives an additional impetus to my endeavour, and you can expect to see a colourful array of acrylics, and mixed media pieces, alongside visually ‘growing’ works in process.

directions: To Crocketford on A75 from Dumfries (9 miles). Turn left at end of village. Proceed three quarters of a mile and take left at fork after which second house on right is Beech cottage recommendations: Galloway Arms (17). Choice of restaurants or bar,broad menu and cheerful service. Iron age motte (18). Clearly visible from Beech Cottage and accessible across fields. facilities:

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directions: (same as directions given by Joe Smith) recommendations: Laurie Arms Hotel (Purple route 7). Laurie Arms Hotel, 11-13 Main Street, Haugh of Urr, Castle Douglas DG7 3YA Tel: 01556 660246. Lovely family run pub, great meals with constantly changing specials menu for something a bit different to eat and drink from the real ales board. Craigadam Woodland Walks (19). Follow the Corsock road A712 out of Crocketford and turn right after about 1.7 miles and carry on for a mile. There are many walkable roads and paths through the woodlands, some leading to sculptures, and nearby ‘Martyres Monument.’ See www.crocketford.org/walkindex.html facilities:

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81 KEITH BROWN

82 CLAIRE SUTHERLAND

Bowhouse Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfries DG1 4RU T: (01387) 770311 E: catherine.brown5@sky.com W: www.keith-brown.co.uk

Hayknowes Farm, Annan DG12 5QZ T: (01461) 202215 E: claire-sutherland@live.co.uk

I work in most mediums to capture the essence of the wildlife along the Solway estuary and surrounding countryside. Since my childhood I have loved the infinite variety of light falling on the mudflats, the ebb and flow of the tide and the pattern of migratory birds. It is this backdrop that provides me with the inspiration for my work. Visitors to my studio will be able to make the connection between my work, the stunning views, the birds and other wildlife that make this area unforgettable.

I have recently been experimenting in oil painting and enjoy working in this new medium. I am still drawn to plant form as subject matter, but hope to incorporate imaginative landscapes and pattern in these images. Visitors can view work in progress, my garden and the surrounding landscape, all used for inspiration. Cards and limited edition giglee prints are available, also studio sale on older works.

directions: From Dumfries follow signs for the Royal Infirmary. Then take the B725 to Glencaple. Continue through Glencaple, with the Nith estuary and Criffel on your right. Bowhouse farm is located approximately 3.5 miles south of Glencaple. recommendations: Caerlaverock Tea Room & Shop (1). Glencaple, Dumfries DG1 4RE. Caerlaverock Castle (2). Glencaple, Dumfries, DG1 4RU Tel 01387 770244 www. historic-scotland.gov.uk facilities:

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price range: £25 - £1250 friends offer: A prize draw for one original painting, 10% of all my work including prints for friends of spring Fling.

directions: Leave Annan westward over the river. After 300m turn left onto the B724, signposted for Cummertrees. After 1.5 miles turn left over a railway bridge, signposted Newbie. Hayknowes is half a mile down this road on the right. recommendations: Del Amitri Restaurant (3). 95a High Street, Annan 01461 201999 www.del-amitri.co.uk Friendly, welcoming and delivers some of the best food in the south of Scotland using locally sourced ingredients. Now featured in the Michelin guide for excellent food. Annan Museum (4). Bank Street, Annan, DG12 6AA 01461 201384 Offers an interesting local collection and this year featuring the Spring Fling taster exhibition. facilities:

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83 PAULA MCQUISTON

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84 HEATHER BLANCHARD

3 Hare’s Den, High Street, Annan DG12 6FE T: (0788) 2484129 E: paulamcquiston@hotmail.co.uk Facebook: Paula Mcquiston

Craigshaw Barns, Waterbeck, Nr Lockerbie DG11 3AH T: (01461) 600530 E: hjblan@hotmail.com W: www.blanchart.co.uk

By exploring into the subjectivity of maternal interruption we first must question what is an interruption? In order to produce an interruption, There has to be an insertion of a gap, however narrow it’s dimensions. Gaps, breaks etc are notoriously hard to get close to. They elude scrutiny, showing themselves in their non-being. Perhaps the frustration caused by constant interruption is in part about having to face these elusive blanks. The moment is covered over quickly as we pass from self absorption into the sphere of the “other”. Barrister, L, Maternal Encounters, 2009

My inspiration comes from my surroundings whether it is exploring the Hebrides or the flat plains of Suffolk. My paintings are mostly landscapes that I know well, places that I walk repeatedly. Not every walk inspires a painting, but occasionally my patience is rewarded by light or weather transforming the everyday, something unnoticed will catch my eye and lead me in a new direction. Visitors will see paintings in various stages of completion, sketchbooks, preparatory drawings, a display of recently finished work and I will be happy to discuss my working methods. Teas, coffees and home baking will be on offer.

directions: Side street beside Farm Direct shop on Annan High Street, side street sign - Fairfield Place. Farm direct shop is next to the Original Factory shop and the Royal Bank of Scotland. recommendations: The Queensberry Hotel (5). Directly across the road from my studio. With a wide variety of hot and cold meals and a fantastic carvery on Sundays. Annan museum (4). Less the a 2 min walk there is always an interesting show on in Annan museum along with the historical values of its permanent exhibition. facilities:

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price range: £60 - £350 friends offer: Prieview night to be held on the Friday 6-9pm.

directions: Leave the M74 at junction 20. Follow signs for Eaglesfield. Pass straight through Eaglesfied and take the first turning left signposted Gair 2 miles. Pass through Gair and Craigshaw Barns can be found approximately ½ a mile on the left. recommendations: Del Amitri Restaurant (3) 95a High St Annan DG12 6DJ Tel: 01461 201999 www.del-amitri.co.uk Open Tues - Sat 6pm - 10pm Sunday Lunch 12 - 2. An AA Rosette restaurant, using locally sourced and seasonal food and receiving impressive reviews. Kirkonnel Church (6). Springkell Estate, Eaglesfield. A stroll alongside Kirtle Water leads to the remains of Kirkonnel Church on the Springkell Estate. facilities:

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85 COLIN BLANCHARD

86 DAVE BRITTAIN

Craigshaw Barns, Waterbeck, Lockerbie DG11 3AH T: (01461) 600530 E: colinblanchard@hotmail.com W: www.colinblanchard.com

Hughsrigg, Canonbie DG14 0XJ T: (01387) 371931 E: david.brittain@eskdalesaddlery.co.uk

I am a printmaker interested in producing work that is not in any way a reproduction or imitation of any other medium, but has qualities that only handmade prints can offer; along with the craft of producing multiples in (truly limited) editions. As well as finished work, I will show the different stages of creating my own prints - from concept to finished edition. It will also be possible for visitors to ‘have a go’ and pull a simple print themselves, to take away as a ‘Spring Fling souvenir’.

I make hand thrown stoneware pottery for both decorative and functional use using locally found materials such as clay from my own land, Solway mud and ash from the household fires. You will be welcome to see the pottery and work in progress as well as the finished work displayed for sale.

directions: Leave the M74 at junction 20. Follow signs for Eaglesfield. Pass straight through Eaglesfield and take the first turning left signposted Gair 2 miles. Pass through Gair and Craigshaw Barns can be found approximately ½ a mile on the left. recommendations: Del Amitri Restaurant Annan (3). High St Annan DG12 6DJ 01461 201999 del-amitri.co.uk - AA Rosette restaurant, using locally sourced and seasonal food. Hoddom Castle and Farm Walks (7) Annandale Way: Several short but rewarding walks along the river Annan. with a sculpture trail along riverside, based on the life cycle of the salmon. facilities:

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directions: At the cross roads 5 mile south of Langholm and 13 miles north of Carlisle on the A7. Turn towards Kirkpatrick Fleming on the B6357. Hughsrigg is 1 mile on the right. recommendations: March Bank Hotel (8). A small country house hotel specializing in game and local produce at reasonable prices. March Bank Hotel, Scots Dyke, Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 5XP. Phone 01228 791325. The Solway Estuary (9). A delightful dog walking spot with gorgeous and ever changing views across the solway. Along the coast road between Gretna and Annan. facilities:

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87 DANIEL LACEY

88 JULIE DUMBARTON

Daniel Lacey Design & Furniture, Buccleuch Mills, Glenesk Road, Langholm DG13 0ES T: (01387) 380193 E: info@daniellacey.com W: www.daniellacey.com

Julie Dumbarton Studios, Buccleuch Mills, Langholm DG13 0EB T: (07525) 180334 E: julie@juliedumbarton.com W: www.juliedumbarton.com Facebook: juliedumbartonartist Twitter: @juliedumbarton

“How did you do that?” - My aim is to produce work of the highest quality, both in design and craftsmanship. Work which exceeds expectations. I hope to display both older and new pieces together with work in progress. The workshop too will be on display, together with a small collection of vintage hand tools. With my mobile sawmill, I am now able to create furniture - from standing tree to finished article - from local wood, for local homes and businesses.

After an incredible 2012, I’ve spent the early months of 2013 painting a new body of work that is inspired by the incredible hills, coastlines, trees and flowers of Dumfries & Galloway. Full of vibrant colours, striking skies and gorgeous landscapes, I have thoroughly enjoyed creating these paintings, and hope you enjoy them too!

directions: From the A7 heading north, pass the signs welcoming you into Langholm, and take the first left (Glenesk Road). Continue along to the last mill building on the left hand side. If heading south on the A7, turn right down Glenesk Road just prior to the signs for leaving/entering Langholm. recommendations: Pelosi’s Corner Cafe (10). You simply can’t come to Langholm and not try the icecream! Making the Most of the Moorland (11). An important environmental, conservation and educational project on the moors and woodlands surrounding Langholm - and where I spend my spare time helping out! Enjoy our moors and hills around Langholm - and check out the website of www.langholmmoorland.co.uk for more information.

directions: Head into Langholm on the A7 watching for the ‘Julie Dumbarton Studios’ signs directing you onto Glenesk Road. Pass the Co-op, and turn left at the T-junction. My studio is in the building on your left - drive past this building and turn into the car park on your left. recommendations: Pelosi’s Corner Cafe (10). Always ready with a warm welcome and hot cup of tea, Pelosi’s are famous around Langholm and beyond for their hot food and ice creams. Pelosi’s Corner Cafe, Market Place, Langholm Tel: 013873 81250. Hermitage Castle (12). Situated 15 miles north of Langholm, a castle has stood on this spot since 1242, and has seen many battles over the years. Now under the care of Historic Scotland, it is open to visitors (entrance fees apply) and is a fascinating look back in time. facilities:

facilities:

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price range: £2 - £3500

price range: £40 - £10,000 friends offer: Discounts always available for Spring Fling Friends

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89 PHILIP GUNN

90 ROBYN WADE

Art Corner Gallery, High Street, Langholm DG13 0JH T: (013873) 81154 E: philip.gunn1@btinternet.com W: artcornergallery.co.uk

Art Corner Gallery, High Street, Langholm DG13 0JH T: (07919) 882230 E: robyn.c.wade@hotmail.co.uk W: robyncharlottewade.com Facebook: Robyn Charlotte Wade

I am a still life/portrait artist.I work in oil on canvas, size of work varies from 8” X 8” to 20” x 16”. I am sharing the gallery with Robyn Wade a landscape artist. This should make for an interesting experience when visiting the Gallery.

As a new developing artist in Dumfries & Galloway, I envy the beauty of the surrounding landscape. I aim to capture and exaggerate a few vibrant and perhaps unexpected colours with loose and spontaneous applications of paint. I normally work in acrylic. Visitors will be able to see where my inspiration comes from, work in progress and finished paintings. I will be exhibiting along side Philip Gunn.

directions: Traveling north on the A7 from Carlisle when entering Langholm road narrows next to the town hall.The gallery is further 50yds on the right.When traveling south on the A7 enter Langholm the gallery is 20yds past the Crown Hotel on the left. recommendations: The Crown Hotel (13). The Crown Hotel, High Street, Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway. Langholm Walks (14). Brochures/Maps etc can be found in local shops. facilities:

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directions: Located in the centre of Langholm. Simply continue from the A7 on to High Street and the Art Corner Gallery can be found next to Londis and across from The Paper Shop. recommendations: The Douglas Hotel (15). Offers a fantastic menu which is changed regularly using locally sourced fresh seasonal produce. The Douglas Hotel, High Street, Langholm, DG13 0DH. Tel: 013873 81547.

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There is parking spaces throughout the town. A parking disc is required.

facilities:

price range: £150 - £350

price range: £40 - £600

friends offer: Prize draw: a portrait painted by Philip Gunn in monotone oil on canvas. Framed.

friends offer: Sign up to the mailing list to enter a prize draw for the chance of winning an original painting!

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91 MARGARET WALTY

92 DEBORAH CAMPBELL

10 George Street, , Langholm DG13 0AE T: (013873) 80634 E: margaret.walty@btinternet.com W: www.margaretwalty.co.uk

Langholm Town Hall, Market Place, Langholm DG13 0JQ T: (07775) 665771 E: deborah@deborahcampbell.com W: www.deborahcampbell.com

Inspired by my garden and by the ancient landscapes of southwest Scotland, I delight in painting the colour and detail of the natural world and of fantasy worlds, using many layers of glazes in oil or acrylic to achieve the effects I seek. Many of my works are symbolic in content, reflecting my interest in the mythologies of northern Europe, and have for their underlying theme the cycles of the seasons. Cards, prints and books, new works of fantasy and Gold Medal botanical paintings will all be on show.

My work is an exploration and expression of the coastal landscape; I take inspiration from the detail that occurs through the interaction of the land and sea. I like to work outside responding directly to my subject using acrylic and watercolours. The exhibition at Langholm Town Hall will show a combined collection of my paintings and constructed textile pieces. Running throughout the exhibition I plan to be working on a large charcoal drawing and will be encouraging visitors to join in.

directions: Turn west off the A7 in the Market Place in the centre of Langholm, passing Hope Hospital on the left. Bear left again down Charles Street Old to the free public car park by the Suspension Bridge. George Street runs north along the riverbank, and no.10 is 50 yards along.

directions: The Gallery is on the ground floor of Langholm Town Hall which has a central position in the town. The Gallery can be accessed at the rear of the building where there is ample car parking.

recommendations: The Douglas Hotel (15). High Street, Langholm, 013873 81547. A varied menu using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Booking is recommended for evenings. The MacDiarmid Memorial (16). Off the road to Newcastleton, commemorating the poet Hugh MacDiarmid who was born in Langholm. facilities:

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recommendations: Douglas Hotel (15). Great food. Start at Langholm Town Hall for the Circular Road Bike Route (17) A 26 mile run with lots of beautiful views. facilities:

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Who we are Management Committee Hazel Campbell - Chair Jo Gallant - Vice-Chair Joyce Woodcock - Secretary & Treasurer Cathy Agnew Rebecca Coggins Gary Craig Craig Dumbarton Suzan Malcolm Hilary McElderry Amy Winstanley Project Manager Leah Black

93 BELLA GREEN Tigh Sonaa, Eskdalemuir, Langholm DG13 0QL T: (01387) 373212 E: mail@bellagreen.co.uk W: www.bellagreen.co.uk

I continue to enjoy the expressive use of colour in my oil and acrylic painting. A new theme is heads and figures based on ‘the senses’. In these I explore intimacy, and private moments of amusement, pathos and delight in things seen, smelled, tasted, touched or heard. Ongoing also, are still life tabletop vistas and ‘Turn Me’s‘. Imagination, and a feeling response to colour and texture guide my process, and surprise at the end is not unusual. As well as painting, prints and cards and preparatory works will be shown. directions: Take B709 and leave Eskdalemuir heading north. Pass ESMP hall on left and Samye Ling Car Park on right and turn next right into Samye Ling. Pond with statue on left. After 100m turn right, through grey gate. Tigh Sonaa 50m on right. recommendations: Tibetan Tearoom Samye Ling (19). Great selection of tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes and light snacks. Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and Monastery (18). (DG13 0QL) is the first and largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in the West. Opened in 1988, visit temple, gardens, stupa and shop and Tibetan Tea rooms. facilities:

Selection Panel Hazel Campbell - Spring Fling Chair Joyce Woodcock - Spring Fling Secretary & Treasurer Dawn Henderby - Arts Officer, Gracefield Arts Centre Fiona Pilgrim - Professional Development Manager, Cultural Enterprise Office Diana Sykes - Director, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft Design Bremner Design

Illustration Jonathan Woodward

App Development Photography DEKO Colin Tennant

Web Development Make Digital PR Matthew Shelley

Supported by Dumfries & Galloway Council The Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme The Holywood Trust Creative Scotland The Galloway Association of Glasgow Trigony House Hotel

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The track approaching Tigh Sonaa has parking for up to 10 vehicles. Samye LIng car park is five minute walk.

price range: £50 - £1500 friends offer: 10% off full prices paintings to Spring Fling friends.

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Project Assistant Tonia Lu

For general or press enquiries, please contact Leah Black (01387 213 218 leah@spring-fling.co.uk)


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The Art Work Room

‘The art work room’ is a gallery and art work space opened by artist Linda Lyons in July 2012. Throughout the year an exciting mix of quality modern and traditional artworks are on display combining paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics and jewellery. Prices are wide ranging and cater for every budget. For Spring Fling 2013 there will be a month-long exhibition open to the public from 11 May through to 8 June. Visitors will see work by Bella Green, Maggie Savage, Linda Lyons, Andi Alexander, Gill Shreeve & Anna Wright amongst others. Some of the Artists will be on hand on 25 & 27 May. ‘the art work room’ is beautifully lit and has a very special atmosphere. Visitors have commented on how uplifting it is to walk through the door. The gallery doubles as a workspace for various Art classes throughout the year. Please note the gallery is closed on Sundays.

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Project Art Lockerbie

A co-operative of 20 artists, now in their third year, share the gallery with owner and photographer George Porteous. We show a wide range of paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs, as well as cards, jewellery and other craftwork. Gift vouchers are available. From Dumfries, take A75 east and A709. In Lockerbie turn left at traffic lights. Gallery is in town centre opposite Town Hall. From A74(M) exit at junction 17 or junction 18 if heading north from Carlisle. Family Friendly / Open through the year / Public car park next to gallery Also public car parks - and toilets - at railway station across the road.

Moffat is just minutes away from the M74 and ‘the art work room’ is very easily found at the top of Moffat High Street to the right of the Moffat Pottery. Wheelchair Access, Toilet, Family Friendly, Parking, Open through the year There is a wide free parking bay right outside the gallery on the High Street. 10% off a Linda Lyons print for for Friends.

Gallery Open: Mon - Sat 9am to 5.30pm (although Linda may be away some Wednesdays)

20 High Street, Moffat, Dumfriesshire DG10 9HL Email: lindalyons50@googlemail.com Tel: (07864) 788686

Gallery Open: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 10am to 4pm. Tues & Sat 10am to 1pm. For opening times on Spring Fling days, please see our website.

53 High Street, Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway DG11 2JH Email: art.lockerbie@freeolamail.com Tel: (07767) 034240 www.projectartlockerbie.co.uk www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Art-Lockerbie

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The Summer Gallery

On the edge of South West Scotland’s ‘Dark Skies Park’, a newly designated UNESCO Biosphere, the short summer nights are bright with stars, while the Galloway Hills offer challenging walks during the long summer days. On your way, visit ‘The Summer Gallery’ and find enchantment in a tiny converted byre in the quiet heart of Galloway. Grey and green for most of the year, wild flowers and birds surround Auchenhay in summer. Come and enjoy the original paintings and etchings on display, including a range of abstract and figurative work, together with occasional surprises by invited artists throughout the summer. Suzanne Stuart Davies and Malcolm Davies respond to ‘a sense of place’, which reflects their interest in landscape, wildlife and history. Visitors are welcome to the gallery and cottage garden, which opens after Spring Fling until the end of August. At Crockerford, on A75, turn on to A712. After 5 miles, turn right at the green GALLERY sign. Two miles along the single track road, after passing a farm and a cottage, the road rises and Auchenhay Cottage is on the left. Parking is by the gallery.

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McGill Duncan Gallery

Established in 1978, this large gallery consists of five fascinating rooms, each of a different size and character. It is a family business run by mother and daughter Jill and Zoë Blamire who are passionate about selling original art of lasting value. They continue a long established tradition of selling Scottish paintings from the 19th Century onwards, including Galloway painters such as Charles Oppenheimer RSA RSW 1875 - 1961, James Faed Jnr 1856 - 1920, and James Paterson RSA RSW 1854 - 1932. The gallery’s contemporary work is equally sought after, and it has a nationwide reputation for selling work by national and international artists and makers. Current exhibitors include well known Scottish artists such as Sandy Murphy RSW RGI PAI, Simon Laurie RSW RGI, and Claire Harrigan RSW in a year round exhibition programme. The gallery has an outstanding collection of original prints and ceramics for sale. Enter Castle Douglas from the A75 and drive down the main street past the crossroad at the lower end of the street. The gallery is on the left hand side opposite the bus stop and the public toilets. Accept credit/debit cards. Open through the year. £20 off purchases over £100 to Spring Fling Friends during Spring Fling.

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Gallery Open: Mon - Sat 10am to 5pm Gallery Open: Tues - Sat 10.00am - 5pm

Open 10.00am to 6.00pm every day including Sunday during Spring Fling

Auchenhay Cottage, Corsock, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3HZ Email: suzanne@muiryhillarts.co.uk Tel: (01644) 440572 www.muiryhillarts.co.uk

231 King Street, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway DG7 1DT Email: zoe@mcgillduncangallery.com Tel: (01556) 502468 www.mcgillduncangallery.com http://www.facebook.com/mcgillduncangallery https://twitter.com/McGillDuncanArt http://mcgillduncangallery.blogspot.co.uk/

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Clience Studio

This bright, welcoming gallery in Castle Douglas displays Angela Lawrence’s contemporary and atmospheric land and seascapes, mostly from Scotland, especially Galloway and the Solway Coast. Wild moorland, brooding mountains and shifting shadows contrast with the tranquil lure of distant horizons, while vibrant seascapes refresh us. In the award winning Sea Spirits series we see the sea in close-up, studying the Western Isles and Galloway coastline.

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The Whitehouse Gallery

The Whitehouse Gallery is one of the regions leading spaces for exhibiting Fine Art and Applied Art & Craft. Now into its ninth year, it has gained a solid reputation for exhibiting work of a high standard, with work from established artists sitting alongside up-and-coming talent.

Angela Lawrence is commissioned internationally and exhibits widely, including the R.G.I, G.S.W.A, and Paisley Institute. Recently she took part in a Glasgow University lecture series (LI-LO). Angela is always happy to discuss affordable commissions. Oil and watercolour originals are on view in a changing display, all year at Clience Studio, along with high quality giclee prints and art gift items. Taking part in Spring Fling with exciting new work and event offers!

During Spring Fling the gallery is hosting ‘Horizons’ which focuses upon land and seascapes. Fine Artists confirmed include Rosanne Barr, Paul Bennett, Grace McDonald Cameron, Stewart Lammie, Debbie Neill and Valerie Sadler. This exhibition will also focus on Artist Woodworker Phil Crennell, with a new collection of his ‘Live-Edge’ furniture. The exhibition runs from 4th May - 22nd June. The gallery will also be hosting a Preloved and Vintage clothes & accessories Pop-Up shop event on Friday 24th May, from 6.30-9pm. Why not bag a few unique items whilst enjoying a glass of wine or two! Bring your friends.

Entering Castle Douglas from the A75 Clience Studio is in the main shopping street (King Street) directly under the clock tower, at the lower end of town and on the crossroads of the A713 to Ayr/Auchencairn.

Coming into Kirkcudbright along Tongland Road, which eventually leads into St Mary Street, the gallery is on the left hand side as you enter the town, next to J Hall & Sons Butchers and opposite Pleat.

Wheelchair Access / Family Friendly / Accept credit/debit cards Open throughout the year, free parking on the street. During the week of Spring Fling: 10% discount off prints and selected originals for S.F Friends and a competition to win a landscape painting by discovering its’ location (open to all).

Toilet / Family Friendly / Accept credit/debit cards Open through the year. There are usually parking spaces around the town, including a car park just behind the harbour.

Gallery Open: Mon - Sat 10am to 5pm (April - Oct) Mon - Sat 10am to 5pm (Nov - March)

Gallery Open: Mon - Sat 10.00am - 5pm

At the Clock Tower, 212 King Street, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway DG7 1DS Email: angela@cliencestudio.co.uk Tel: (01556) 504318 www.cliencestudio.co.uk

47 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4DU Email: info@whitehousegallery.com Tel: (01557) 330223 www.whitehousegallery.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Whitehouse-Gallery https://twitter.com/whitehouseart

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Lochinch Castle Summer Art Festival

“ART IN NATURE”

Friday 21st July – Sunday 28th July 2013 pAiNtiNG • scUlptUre • photoGrAphy • pottery • WoodtUrNiNG

C-Art

Cumbria Artists Open Studios

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14 Sept - 29 Sept 2013 www.c-art.org.uk

C-Art is Cumbria’s largest visual arts event with a two week long programme of artist open studios, gallery open days, workshops, exhibitions and special events.

Art Workshops • tAlks • FAmily Activities • cAFe

Opening Evening Friday 21st July: 5pm-8pm Daily (Saturday 22nd - Sunday 28th July) 10am-4pm Evening Viewing Thursday 25th July: 5pm-8pm Adults: £2.50, Children: Free. Disabled access and free car parking Victorian Stables, Lochinch Castle, DG9 8RT. 3 miles east of Stranraer on A75 Tel: 01776 702 024, e: marketing@castlekennedygardens.co.uk, www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk

simon winstanley architects

190 king street castle douglas, dg7 1db 01556 503 826 www.simonwinstanley.com


Open Studios 23rd — 26th Aug

Gracefield Arts Centre Set in lovely grounds, just 5 minutes from the town centre with ample free parking and picnic space. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. Admission Free

Make us your first stop for: Art & Craft Exhibitions, Craft Shop, Café, Printmakers workshop Adult & kids classes and activities throughout the year. 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries. DG1 1JQ • 01387 262084


27TH SEPTEMBER - 6TH OCTOBER 2013

‘ The sort of festival people get possessive about’ The Guardian

CatStrand Arts, Community & Visitor Centre

A unique venue in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway Geoff Forrest A year round changing programme of exhibitions The CatStrand is a member of the Own Art scheme, making it easy and affordable for everyone to buy contemporary art and craft. CatStrand shop featuring local arts & crafts, gifts, maps & guidebooks. Cafe & free public internet access, 10% discount in CatStrand cafe with this advert. Live events programme including theatre, music, comedy, dance, workshops and films.

High Street, New Galloway DG7 3RN info@catstrand.com • www.catstrand.com Tel: 01644 420374 More than 180 events for adults and children www.wigtownbookfestival.com 01988 403222 Charity No. SCO37984

The CatStrand is an operating name of Glenkens Community & Arts Trust Ltd, a Registered Scottish Charity, No. SC032050


Over 30 live events

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opera a la Carte: Carmen shooglenifty lonDon soloists ensemble national theatre of sCotl anD: Calums roaD amy geDDes trio the lulo reinharDt banD opera roCks t h e b i g l i t Day Chris wooD tickets on sale from march 19 the midsteeple box office, high street, Dumfries. 01387 253383

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A world-leading university, we offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in a unique and stunning campus setting. Incorporating the Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, an interdisciplinary research hub bringing together cultural studies, eco-criticism, ecology, environmental science and tourism.

www.glasgow.ac.uk/dumfries www.facebook.com/glasgowdumfries

www.twitter.com/dumfriescampus

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401


Index

Spring Fling participants by discipline: Architectural Metalwork

Installation/Performance

Adam Booth (Studio 23, p26)

Paula Mcquiston (Studio 83, p61) Joe Smith (Studio 79, p58)

Artists Books Helen Acklam (Studio 70, p53) Lisa Hooper (Studio 06, p15) Silvana McLean (Studio 56, p43) Suzanne Stuart Davies (Studio 48, p39)

Ceramics Andrew Adair (Studio 68, p52) David Alexander (Studio 20, p24) Dave Brittain (Studio 86, p62) Holly Clothier (Studio 53, p42) Clare Dawdry (Studio 22, p25) Myer Halliday (Studio 30, p29) Wendy Kershaw (Studio 76, p56) Lucianne Lassalle (Studio 52, p41) Joanna McLeman Gisbey

(Studio 38, p33) Andy Priestman (Studio 11, p19) Urpu Sellar (Studio 41, p35) Christine Smith (Studio 77, p57) Anthea Summers (Studio 59, p46)

Furniture / Wood Rob Jarvis (Studio 60, p47) Daniel Lacey (Studio 87, p63)

Glass Cressa Mclaren (Studio 37, p33) Amanda Simmons (Studio 46, p38)

Hats Joanna McLeman Gisbey

(Studio 38, p33) Kay Ribbens (Studio 10, p17)

Illustration Jenny Smith (Studio 80, p58) Claire Sutherland (Studio 82, p60)

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Jewellery Alison Macleod (Studio 51, p41) Joanna McLeman Gisbey

(Studio 38, p33) Natalie Vardey (Studio 47, p39)

Painting, Drawing, Mixed media Helen Acklam (Studio 70, p53) Jennie Ashmore (Studio 32, p30) Maggie Ayres (Studio 70, p53) Ailsa Black (Studio 71, p54) Lettie Blackett (Studio 74, p55) Jane Blair (Studio 61, p47) Leo Blamire (Studio 26, p27) Heather Blanchard (Studio 84, p61) Melville Brotherston (Studio 57, p44) Keith Brown (Studio 81, p60) Anne Butler (Studio 58, p46) Hazel Campbell (Studio 28, p28) Deborah Campbell (Studio 92, p65) Michael Clark (Studio 09, p17) Holly Clothier (Studio 53, p42) Gary Craig (Studio 01, p13) Malcolm Davies (Studio 49, p40) Julie Dumbarton (Studio 88, p63) Ross Fulton (Studio 34, p31) Jane B Gibson (Studio 40, p34) Pamela Grace (Studio 21, p25) Bella Green (Studio 93, p66) Philip Gunn (Studio 89, p64) Janina Harrower (Studio 19, p24) Victor Henderson (Studio 66, p50) Steven Higginson (Studio 08, p16) Sarah Keast (Studio 55, p43) Stewart Lammie (Studio 12, p19) Lucianne Lassalle (Studio 52, p41)

Angela Lawrence (Studio 27, p28) Pauline Lawton (Studio 14, p20) Patti Lean (Studio 50, p40) Suzan Malcolm (Studio 07, p16) Ewan McClure (Studio 69, p53) Kevan McGinty (Studio 05, p15) Andrew McKean (Studio 13, p20) Silvana McLean (Studio 56, p43) Joanna McLeman Gisbey

(Studio 38, p33) Clare Melinsky (Studio 62, p48) Susan Metcalfe (Studio 15, p21) Janet O’Donnell (Studio 44, p36) Andy Priestman (Studio 11, p19) Helen Ryman (Studio 04, p14) Philippa Sinclair (Studio 73, p55) Jenny Smith (Studio 80, p58) Suzanne Stuart Davies (Studio 48, p39) Claire Sutherland (Studio 82, p60) John Threlfall (Studio 75, p56) Robyn Wade (Studio 90, p64) Margaret Walty (Studio 91, p65) Katharine Wheeler (Studio 67, p52) Amy Winstanley (Studio 39, p34) Denise Zygadlo (Studio 64, p49)

Photography Kim Ayres (Studio 24, p26) Leeming + Paterson (Studio 45, p38) Roger Lever (Studio 78, p57) Phil McMenemy (Studio 16, p21) Janet O’Donnell (Studio 44, p36) Allan Wright (Studio 17, p22)

Printmaking Leo Blamire (Studio 26, p27) Heather Blanchard (Studio 84, p61) Colin Blanchard (Studio 85, p62) Claire Cameron-Smith (Studio 33, p31) Malcolm Davies (Studio 49, p40)

Pamela Grace (Studio 21, p25) Lisa Hooper (Studio 06, p15) Sarah Keast (Studio 55, p43) Silvana McLean (Studio 56, p43) Clare Melinsky (Studio 62, p48) Jennifer Smith (Studio 03, p14) Denise Zygadlo (Studio 64, p49)

Sculpture Katie Anderson (Studio 31, p30) Maggie Ayres (Studio 32, p30) Adam Booth (Studio 23, p26) Holly Clothier (Studio 53, p42) Geoff Forrest (Studio 18, p22) Lucianne Lassalle (Studio 52, p41) Trevor Leat (Studio 43, p36) Joanna McLeman Gisbey

(Studio 38, p33) Max Nowell (Studio 63, p48) Joe Smith (Studio 79, p58) Jennifer Watt (Studio 65, p49)

Textiles Maggie Ayres (Studio 70, p53) Alison Fair-Bixler (Studio 72, p54) Jo Gallant (Studio 29, p29) Joanne B Kaar (Studio 02, p13) Emma Kerr (Studio 35, p32) Morag Macpherson (Studio 36, p32) Janet O’Donnell (Studio 44, p36) Laura Perry (Studio 54, p42) Kay Ribbens (Studio10, p17) Katie Russell (Studio 25, p27) Suzanne Stuart-Davies

(Studio 48, p49) Denise Zygadlo (Studio 64, 49)

Willow Geoff Forrest (Studio 18, p22) Trevor Leat (Studio 43, p36)


Spring Fling participants alphabetically: A~C Helen Acklam (Studio 70, p53) Andrew Adair (Studio 68, p52) David Alexander (Studio 20, p24) Katie Anderson (Studio 31, p30) Jennie Ashmore (Studio 42, p35) Kim Ayres (Studio 24, p26) Maggie Ayres (Studio 32, p30) Ailsa Black (Studio 71, p54) Lettie Blackett (Studio 74, p55) Jane Blair (Studio 61, p47) Leo Blamire (Studio 26, p27) Heather Blanchard (Studio 84, p61) Colin Blanchard (Studio 85, p62) Adam Booth (Studio 23, p26) Dave Brittain (Studio 86, p62) Melville Brotherston (Studio 57, p44) Keith Brown (Studio 81, p60) Anne Butler (Studio 58, p46) Claire Cameron-Smith (Studio 33, p31) Deborah Campbell (Studio 92, p65) Hazel Campbell (Studio 28, p28) Michael Clark (Studio 09, p17) Holly Clothier (Studio 53, p42) Gary Craig (Studio 01, p13)

D~H Malcolm Davies (Studio 49, p40) Clare Dawdry (Studio 22, p25) Julie Dumbarton (Studio 88, p63) Alison Fair Bixler (Studio 72, p54) Geoff Forrest (Studio 18, p22) Ross Fulton (Studio 34, p31) Jo Gallant (Studio 29, p29) Jane B Gibson (Studio 40, p34) Pamela Grace (Studio 21, p25) Bella Green (Studio 93, p66) Philip Gunn (Studio 89, p64) Myer Halliday (Studio 30, p29) Janina Harrower (Studio 19, p24)

R~Z Victor Henderson (Studio 66, p50) Steven Higginson (Studio 08, p16) Lisa Hooper (Studio 06, p15)

I~L Rob Jarvis (Studio 60, p47) Joanne B Kaar (Spring Fling/Wigtown residency Artist) (Studio 02, p13) Sarah Keast (Studio 55, p43) Emma Kerr (Studio 35, p32) Wendy Kershaw (Studio 76, p56) Daniel Lacey (Studio 87, p63) Stewart Lammie (Studio 12, p19) Lucianne Lassalle (Studio 52, p41) Angela Lawrence (Studio 27, p28) Pauline Lawton (Studio 14, p20) Patti Lean (Studio 50, p40) Trevor Leat (Studio 43, p36) Leeming + Paterson (Studio 45, p38) Roger Lever (Studio 78, p57)

M~P Alison Macleod (Studio 51, p41) Morag Macpherson (Studio 36, p32) Suzan Malcolm (Studio 07, p16) Ewan McClure (Studio 69, p53) Kevan McGinty (Studio 05, p15) Andrew McKean (Studio 13, p20) Cressa Mclaren (Studio 37, p33) Silvana McLean (Studio 56, p43) Joanna McLeman Gisbey (Studio 38, p33) Phil McMenemy (Studio 16, p21) Paula Mcquiston (Studio 83, p61) Clare Melinsky (Studio 62, p48) Susan Metcalfe (Studio 15, p21) Max Nowell (Studio 63, p48) Janet O’Donnell (Studio 44, p36) Laura Perry (Studio 54, p42) Andy Priestman (Studio 11, p19)

Kay Ribbens (Studio 10, p17) Katie Russell (Studio 25, p27) Helen Ryman (Studio 04, p14) Urpu Sellar (Studio 41, p35) Amanda Simmons (Studio 46, p38) Philippa Sinclair (Studio 73, p55) Christine Smith (Studio 77, p57) Jennifer Smith (Studio 03, p14) Jenny Smith (Studio 80, p58) Joe Smith (Studio 79, p58) Suzanne Stuart Davies (Studio 48, p39) Anthea Summers (Studio 59, p46) Claire Sutherland (Studio 82, p60) John Threlfall (Studio 75, p56) Natalie Vardey (Studio 47, p39) Robyn Wade (Studio 90, p64) Margaret Walty (Studio 91, p65) Jennifer Watt (Studio 65, p49) Katharine Wheeler (Studio 67, p52) Amy Winstanley (Studio 39, p34) Allan Wright (Studio 17, p22) Denise Zygadlo (Studio 64, p49)


Spring Fling 2013 Brochure  

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