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Spring Fling 2012 takes place from 2 to 5 June, with studios open from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm each day. New additions to the artists’ information this year include ‘Friends Offers’ (If you are an existing Friend please remember your Friendship Card, see p53 for more information). Homecomers will be flagged beside the artist name on each page, as will Young Artists and Mentors (see p47 to find out about the Young Artists Programme).

The Spring Fling Prize Draw offers you the chance to win a £200 voucher to spend in the studio of your choice, as well as several smaller prizes. To enter simply pick up a Prize Draw card from Gracefield Arts Centre or any other Spring Fling venue; remember to collect at least 4 stickers from the studios you visit, complete the questions and post back (freepost) by the deadline to be in with a chance of winning. Finally, for further information about Spring Fling please contact the Spring Fling Manager, Leah Black (01387 213 218 or 07544 556 350 leah@spring-fling.co.uk) or visit www.spring-fling.co.uk

Looking for a sneak preview of Spring Fling 2012? Then please make your way to one or both of our Taster Exhibitions. This is your chance to preview and purchase the artists work, and with over 75 Spring Fling 2012 artists taking part, expect to see a delightful and eclectic collection. Giving you a unique chance to begin to plan your Spring Fling weekend, most of the artists work is for sale, unless otherwise stated. The exhibitions will be held at: Gracefield Arts Centre Stranraer Museum 3 March - 12 April 2012 21 April - 19 May 2012 (Opening 2 March) The Old Town Hall 28 Edinburgh Road George Street May Bank Holiday WeekendStranraer Dumfries DG1 1JQ DG9 7JP

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Come and celebrate our Become a Friend of Spring Fling, 10 year anniversary next support from Junetheasevent we and are benefit extending special offers.To find out more, 4 days orSpring to sign upFling to our to mailing list Wheelchair access Toilet facilities

We are 10! To mark the 10th birthday of Spring Fling the 2012 Taster Exhibition at Gracefield will have an additional element celebrating the number of visitors to studios over the last 10 years. This will include a looped slide show of still and moving images from the last ten years, with a wall installation which will be created from contributions made by visitors to the exhibition. Please visit www.spring-fling.co.uk for more details on how you can be a part of this – be sure to come along and wish us Happy Birthday.

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Family friendly Parking

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

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Photo: Euan Adamson

For four days in spring, Dumfries and Galloway hosts the most successful open studios event of its kind in Scotland. We are celebrating our 10th Birthday this year - we hope you will join us. Our tenth Spring Fling! It is amazing to think how far we have come since 2003. Welcome to our lovely region. We hope you have a very special visit not only to studios and workshops, but also to our countryside, our towns with their unique shops and cafes, our beaches and nature walks, our beautiful gardens, interesting ancient buildings, and breath-taking views round every corner. This year we are pleased to welcome our two ‘Young Artist Bursary’ winners. Coral Beattie, a textile artist, and Sally Hogarth who specialises in film and video installation, have spent three months working in the region, and being mentored by Spring Fling participants of a similar discipline. Together with the workshops which are being organised throughout the region involving schools and colleges, we are encouraging the artists and makers of the future to experience the benefits of living and working in our beautiful region. Our e-commerce on-line service is up and running which will simplify the purchasing of art and craft throughout the year. Our new smartphone app will make finding your way round the region so much easier. Our Friends scheme is flourishing – check our web site for many advantages of becoming a Friend of Spring Fling.

The much loved bus trips, bicycle and walking tours are running again, and of course the Spring Fling Ceilidh and Hog Roast, which has become a highlight of the event (see p48) We are very grateful to Dumfries and Galloway Council for their continued support. Thanks must also go to the Spring Fling membership, the staff at Gracefield Arts Centre, and to our Board for committing so much time to overseeing the event. We are also grateful to our coordinators during the earlier part of the year, and now our Project Manager Leah Black for all their hard work to make this possible. Our thanks must also go to both The Holywood Trust, and to The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme for the confidence they show in the future of Spring Fling by the financial support awarded for the next two years. Finally, thank you to all the many thousands of visitors over the years who have made Spring Fling the success it has become. Hazel Campbell Chair Spring Fling Open Studios

Spring Fling is running over four days this year as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, giving our visitors an extra day to enjoy our wealth of studios and workshops.

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01 Lisa Hooper

02 Kay Ribbens

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

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

Original prints and batik works on paper will be on display, portraying the landscape, birds and other wildlife of Scotland. Although much of the work is based on local excursions, my travels in Orkney, Caithness and Skye continue to inspire me. My pictures, often large, design-led pieces are printed using a wide variety of techniques. Often, handmade papers are used, which add colour and texture to the work. This year, recent excursions into Japanese woodblock printing will be represented here for the first time. Cards will also be available.

As a textile artist, I have always been interested in the concept of good design in contemporary living and have attempted to create a continuous collection of original and distinctive textile hats of universal appeal. I will be showing a large range of individual pieces, from simple bowlers and berets to the fantastic and extraordinary, all hand woven in yarns such as silks, lambswool, chenille, cotton and linen. Also showing yarns, materials, tools etc as well as works in progress.

directions: From the A75, outside Newton Stewart, follow the A714 towards Wigtown, taking a right turn (B7005) signposted Port William. Cross the river at Bladnoch and, after about two miles, take the B7085 (right) to Port William. Seymour House is the first house in the village on the right, after the traffic calming. Coming from Stranraer, it is the last house on the left, on the Wigtown road out of Port William. recommendations: Teas, coffees and cakes will be available in our kitchen and (weather permitting) garden, throughout the event, with the proceeds going to a local charity. While you’re in Port William it’s worth visiting the pretty little working harbour, with its sculpture and Millennium fingerpost. There is also a small square with a handful of shops, including a craft shop and a couple of options for obtaining refreshments. facilities:

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

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price range: £2.80 to £550 friends offer: Four greetings cards free with any non-card purchase. Spring Fling 2012

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03 Andy Priestman

04 Hope London

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

Unit 9, Bladnoch Bridge Industrial Estate, DG8 9AB M: 0770 2421720 E: ojaydart@aol.com W: see M Contraband Esq. on Facebook

The best pots from the two most recent firings will be on show in an exhibition of recent paintings, along with work from a rich back catalogue of painting from 1993 onwards. The pots will include delicate porcelain beakers and bowls. Soft ash glazes, pale celadon limestone glazes and a subtle fly ash secondary fluxing that affects each pot in a unique way. Strong stoneware bowls and vessels with local granite sand and fireclay intrusions. Warm slips and glazes, on pots great to hold, feel and use.

Spring Fling 2012 marks the launch of Volume 2 of M. Contraband Esq, Punk Lawyer comix series - The Appropriation Issue, featuring interview with Scottish artist David Mach and musings by the eponymous heroine on some of the puzzling legal issues that arise when artists use other people’s work to create something new. Original artwork and prints from the series will be on display along with recent paintings and drawings. Drawing is fundamental to my practice: Goya, Durer and graphic novelist Art Spiegelman are among my heroes.

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.

directions: Leave the A75 at the Wigtown roundabout, following signs to Whithorn on the A714. Turn right to Whithorn and the Bladnoch Inn (A746). In Bladnoch, continue past the Bladnoch Inn, go over the bridge, then take an immediate left turn into the Bladnoch Bridge Estate at the sign for SuperSid blacksmiths. Follow the road past brick buildings on your right, turn uphill to the right at Dowling Stoves - Unit 9 will be signposted from there.

recommendations: Make time to eat at The House o Hill Hotel (DG8 6RN 01671840243 www.houseohill.co.uk) for good beer and locally sourced food. Half a mile past my road-end is Glentrool Visitor Centre (DG8 6SZ www.gallowayforestpark.co.uk), from which there are a range of forest walks by the beautiful Water of Minnoch and Loch Trool. facilities: price range: £8 to £900 friends offers: Each year as a friend you can choose a free Sake cup which also makes a great Whisky vessel. Start your collection now.

recommendations: The Bladnoch Inn (nr Wigtown, DG8 9AB 01988 402200 www.the-bladnoch-inn.com). Relaxed atmosphere, Guinness on tap, good food and occasional gathering of local musicians for an impromptu session. Bladnoch Distillery (nr Wigtown, DG8 9AB 01988 402605 www.bladnoch.co.uk). The southernmost distillery in Scotland; offers tours, tastings and a place to picnic. facilities: price range: £5 to £1,500 friends offers: 10% discount to Friends.

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Wigtown Residency

06 Kim Ayres

2 Lessons Park, Minnigaff, Newton stewart, DG86PY T: 01671 401328 E: stewart.lammie@tiscali.co.uk

“The Hut”, ReadingLasses, Wigtown, DG8 9EH T: 07971 969953 E: kim@kimayres.co.uk W: www.kimayres.co.uk

My work is a direct response to the world around me and the effect that changing light has on the landscape. I have always enjoyed painting the coastline, big skies and reflected light can produce a special atmosphere. I have also become increasingly interested in the structure and forms of the landscape, the patterns, colours and lines created by the interaction of geology and man. Visitors will see a wide variety of oil paintings, both framed and unframed work.

There’s no such thing as an ordinary face. If you think there is, you aren’t looking close enough. As artist-in-residence at the Wigtown Book Festival 2011, I took more than 170 portraits of authors, visitors and residents. These were then printed out and placed around the walls of the studio. “The Hut”, behind ReadingLasses café and bookshop, is open again for Spring Fling 2012, so come along, take a look at the portraits and have a chat about them. See if you recognise any faces and perhaps get your own photo taken.

From the A75 from Dumfries, take the first Newton Stewart turning (the 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. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (Kirroughtree, Palnure, Newton Stewart DG8 7BE 01671402165) has a cafe doing good home baking and soup. Walks and cycling trails are available for all abilities and there are waymarked walks and cycle routes including the exhilarating 7stanes mountain bike trails and easy access trail around the pond. The extended and improved adventure play area and picnic sites will appeal to the younger visitor. 03

directions: Follow the A714 down into Wigtown. ReadingLasses café and bookshop is located across the square, around the middle of South Main Street. Immediately to the right is a path leading down to “The Hut”, where the studio is located. recommendations: ReadingLasses café and bookshop (17 South Main St, Wigtown, DG8 9EH 01988 403266, www.reading-lasses.com). Superb food and a warm welcome. Bladnoch Distillery (Bladnoch, Wigtown. Scotland. DG8 9AB 01988 402605 www.bladnoch.co.uk). Scotland’s most southerly whisky distillery. facilities:

price range: £100 to £1000

price range: £25 to private commissions

friends offers: Friends will receive a discount on all work.

friends offer: 20% discount on portrait sessions booked during Spring Fling for any

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07 Jennifer Smith

Young Artist

08 Coral Beattie

The Studio, 5 Harbour Road, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, DG8 9EN M: 07709 493531 E: jen@jennifersmithprints.co.uk W: www.jennifersmithprints.co.uk

The Mill on the Fleet, High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2HS M: 07896 171576 E: coral_beattie@hotmail.co.uk W: www.artsthread.com/p/coralbeattie

I create textural and vibrant prints with an emphasis on colour, mainly working on collagraphs and drypoints. My collagraphs are dynamic, and often abstract, inspired by moods and travel. My recent work is inspired by the beautiful coastal scenery around Wigtown. Visitors will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the Printmaking process and see demonstrations of how a collagraph print is created on my converted mangle printing press.

I am a recent graduate showcasing a mix of traditional and innovative woven textiles, a real craft I am passionate about. Design, innovation and colour theory are what drives my work, but I also produce strong drawing research at the beginning of any projects, so my design work always comes from a very personal view point. I am using my award of the Spring Fling Young Persons Bursary to carry on with work started in my final year at The Glasgow School of Art, where I created my statement scarf collection for both men and women’s wear. My final year work is inspired by patterns and details found in architecture, with the idea of ‘opposites attract’ always being the basis for my work, and this I hope brings a fresh look to Scottish woven textiles. Visitors to the studio will see original drawings, research sketchbooks and I will have scarves for sale. Visit my online diary about my experiences of being a Spring Fling Young Artist - http://madebycoral.blogspot.com/

directions: From the A75 at Newton Stewart take the A714, following signs for Wigtown. Coming in to town from this direction you hit the village green at a T-junction. Turn left, then turn right in front of the Town Hall. Turn left down the far side of the Town Hall and follow the road round into Harbour Road. The Studio is immediately on your right. recommendations: ReadingLasses (South Main Street, Wigtown, DG8 9EH 01988 403266 www.reading-lasses.com) is a bookshop with a cafe serving meals, homemade cakes, and can meet specific dietary requirements. Martyr’s Walk: Walk to the end of Harbour Road, down the road to the left at the bottom then immediately left along the path. This is a circular walk along the old foreshore, which will bring you up into Wigtown by the Town Hall. facilities: price range: £25 to £250 friends offer: 10% discount.

Glasgow School of Art graduate Coral has been selected as part of the Spring Fling Young Artists Bursary Programme 2012 and has been matched with Morag Macpherson (Studio 20, Page 14) as her Mentor. Please read more about this on page 47. directions: From the east, leave the A75 by the B727, enter Gatehouse down the High Street. From the West leave the 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. facilities: price range: £3 to £100

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09 Sally Hogarth

10 Andrew McKean

The Mill on the Fleet, High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2HS M: 07899 888053 E: sallyhogarth777@gmail.com W: http://old.gold.ac.uk/art/exhibitions/archive/bafaha2009/pages/sh/02.html

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

My video work creates a portrait of the surrounding community and incorporates my position within it. As part of this year’s Spring Fling, I have produced a new video work along a similar line about Dumfries and Galloway. The work plays with my position as simultaneously a local member of the community in my childhood and (in returning after 15 years) an outsider the differing perspectives this brings.

Over the last year, I have been exploring new subjects in a series of paintings depicting shorescapes and woodland scenes, with different seasonal colours and conditions of light and shade. The variety of textures and colours of stone and foliage, and the intricate patterns of shadows cast by rocks and trees, I find endlessly fascinating and they have presented new challenges in composition and technique. Visitors will see work in progress using water-thinned acrylics. Completed paintings, prints and greetings cards will be on display and available for purchase.

Central St Martins graduate Sally has been selected as part of the Spring Fling Young Artists Bursary Programme 2012 and has been matched with Linda Mallett (Studio 21, Page 15) as her Mentor. Please read more about this on page 47. directions: From the east, leave the A75 by the B727, enter Gatehouse down the High Street. From the West leave the 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. facilities:

directions: From the East, leave the A75 by the B727, enter Gatehouse down the High Street; 62 is on the left, 200m 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; 62 is on the right, 150m after the bridge. recommendations: The Riverside Café, located within the Mill on the Fleet provides light meals and drinks - the coffee and cheese scones are particularly recommended! The Mill on the Fleet (High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS 01557 814 099 www. millonthefleet.co.uk) incorporates the Gatehouse Tourist Information Centre and gift shop, with heritage information and gallery space. facilities: price range: £20 to £500 friends offer: A discount of 10% off the marked prices of unframed prints and greetings cards will be available to Friends of Spring Fling.

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11 Kevan McGinty

12 Phil McMenemy

The CatStrand, High Street, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, DG7 3RN M: 07743 472654 E: mail@kevanmcginty.plus.com W: www.mcgintyart.com

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

I am a painter deeply rooted in the natural landscape, but always searching through my subject to find moments of pure inspiration in paint where imagination, intuition and physical beauty combine to surprise and delight me.

Phil extends a warm welcome to the ‘Gallery at Laurieston’. I am a fine art and landscape photographer with a passion for Galloway. On display will be a range of new, classic and favourite images which capture the essence of our wonderful region. My fascination for capturing ‘the moment’ and emotions contained in Galloway remain – this is heightened as Galloway reveals more of her changing moods and faces. Images are displayed in both traditional and contemporary styles which allow you to select the perfect style and size for your chosen setting.

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. The Catstrand, New Galloway (016444 20374, www.catstrand.com) A fantastic multi-faceted arts venue with appealing coffee shop. Mossdale Loch Walk. A beautiful walk from the studio, along the dismantled railway line to Loch Stroan, and back along the The Raiders Road and path to Mossdale Loch and back to the studio.

price range: £300 to £1000 friends offer: 10% discount.

directions: From Castle Douglas, head north on A713 for two miles. Turn left at Greenlaw and travel to Laurieston. Cross the village crossroads and the ‘Gallery at Laurieston’ is on the right after 150yards. recommendations: The Smithy (High Street, New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway 01644 420269 www.thesmithy-newgalloway.co.uk). Traditional tea room and cafe serving fantastic food throughout the day with a lovely atmosphere and in a terrific setting. The C13 road from Laurieston to Gatehouse of Fleet is a special road, with fantastic views and a wide range of landscapes - magic! facilities: price range: £15 to £275 friends offer: 10% discount.

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13 Jo Gallant

14 Connor Gillan

Ironstones, 70 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JL T: 01557331130 E: jo@jogallant.co.uk W: www.jogallant.co.uk

21 Union Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JF T: 01557 330799 E: cgillanwoodcraft@gmail.com W: www.cgillanwoodcraft.co.uk

My cushions in dye-painted velvets and appliqued silk, range from bold colour-blocks to quirky animals and birds. My cotton and linen cushions have subtle landscape panels or vibrant strips of colour. I will also be displaying wall-hangings based on ideas from the landscape which utilise and exploit the qualities of transparency, layering and texture available by using a variety of fabrics and techniques. Playing with ideas relating to depth, distance and reflection is a current obsession. I will have notebooks, ideas and work in progress on show over the weekend.

I am passionate about the art of woodturning. I am developing a unique style of my own by pushing the boundaries of this ancient craft. As well as experimenting with new designs of more functional items such as bowls and vases, I also enjoy exploring alternative ways of using the lathe to my advantage and creating more sculptural pieces. Visitors will see many examples of my works in local hardwoods and also more exotic timbers, with a variety of prices to suit all budgets.

directions: In Kirkcudbright’s old High Street which is just past the museum on the right when approaching from the A75, and two doors away from the Tolbooth Art Centre. recommendations: Castle Restaurant (5 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JA 01557 330569 www.thecastlerestaurant.net) A small friendly restaurant with good food and a nice atmosphere which will be offering a special daytime bistro menu during Spring Fling as well as a la carte meals in the evening. Try the local scallops! There is a lovely riverside walk from Kirkcudbright harbour up to the Thomas Telford Bridge at Tongland. facilities: price range: £20 to £1500

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. Turn right onto St. Cuthbert Street, go left at the Castle, then take the next right turn into Union Street. recommendations: Visit Masterpiece sandwich bar (24 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JD 01557 331131) for a quality choice of takeaway food and great tattie scone rolls. Off the historic High Street lies Kirkcudbright marina - take a walk down here for a bit of peace, and nice views of the river and the harbour. facilities: price range: £10 to £400 friends offer: I will be offering a discount on a wide range of products for Friends.

friends offer: 10% off cushions.

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15 Maggie Ayres

16 Claire Cameron-Smith

Studio 4, WASPS Studios, Cannonwalls, High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 01556 505802 E: maggie@maggieayres.co.uk W: www.maggieayres.co.uk

Studio 7, WASPS Studios, Cannonwalls & Claverhouse, 117-119 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 01557 870685 E: claire@cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk W: www.cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk

My work is expressed in abstract form: textured, mixed media paintings, incorporating layers of watered down acrylics; constructed textiles using natural fibres with threads and inclusions; and sculptural forms of plaster and rubber. Experimenting with texture, light, line and colour, I explore personal experiences and memory, including motherhood, formative social constraints, grief and solace to evoke emotional responses in the viewer.

My woodblock prints are progressing in various ways – many of my new designs are on a bigger scale, yet at the same time the level of detail in the carving is also increasing. These developments pose considerable challenges in terms of the Japanese water-based hand printing processes I employ, but it is a hugely satisfying and rewarding experience when my efforts pay off. Carving tools, woodblocks, and my printing press will all be on show to aid visitors in their understanding of how my prints are made.

directions: Situated on Kirkcudbright’s old High Street, a few doors down from The Selkirk Arms Hotel, on the right when turning off St Mary’s Street (A711) recommendations: I recommend taking a picnic, made up from some of the many provisions on offer in Kirkcudbright’s bakers and delis, along to The Doon beach. 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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price range: £10 to £1,000

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street, take a right turn onto High Street and the WASPS Studios are on your right. My studio is number 7 on the second floor of Cannonwalls, so make sure you go all the way up to the top of the stairs! recommendations: If you appreciate real ale, or like to take your pick from a wide choice of international bottled beers, try the Masonic Arms (19 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JA 01557 330517). For an example of the grand domestic architecture of the late 16th century, visit the remains of MacLellan’s Castle (Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JD 01557 331856 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk) round the corner from the studios.

friends offer: 10% discount on selected works and workshops. facilities:

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price range: £1.50 to £450 friends offer: Reduced price offered on selected items including special Spring Fling 2012 print - to be designed and printed for the event.

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17 Ian Cameron-Smith

18 Ross Fulton

Studio 1, WASPS Studios, Cannonwalls & Claverhouse, 117-119 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG M: 07803 228504 E: ian@cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk W: www.cameronsmithdesigns.co.uk

Studio 8 Wasps Studios, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 01557 331650 E: fulton_66@hotmail.com W: www.rossfulton.com

The natural organic characteristics of timber often combined with very strong geometrical elements give my work its unmistakable style. I create furniture that is beyond the realms of the imagination, is tactile and totally unique, whilst retaining all the qualities of extreme comfort and practicality. Visitors to the studio will see a selection of various timbers in their raw and finished states, a portfolio of recently completed commissions, and a variety of finished works for sale.

My work is concerned with how our reading of paintings is dependent on prior expectation of what an art subject is. 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 incorporated multiple viewpoints and compositions based on chance. Having been in Wasps studios for over a year now has allowed me to be more ambitious in both the scale and scope of my work.

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street, take a right turn onto High Street and the WASPS Studios are on your right. recommendations: Masterpiece sandwich bar (24 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JD 01557 331131) offers a good selection of filled rolls, baguettes and salads, accompanied by an excellent choice of background music. A lovely woodland walk is accessible just a short distance from the studios. From High Street, head east up the hill past the Health Centre and the caravan park this takes you to Barrhill Wood, with beautiful views over Kirkcudbright and the estuary.

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 onto the High Street. Wasps Studios are 20 yards up on your right hand side. recommendations: The Masonic Arms (19 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JA 01557 330 517 www.themasonic-arms.co.uk) Excellent pub with constantly changing guest ales and an extensive wine list! Broughton House (12 High Street Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX 0844 493 2246 www.nts.org.uk/Property/Broughton-HouseGarden/) is a great chance to see the work and studio space of ‘Glasgow Boy’, E.A Hornel.

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friends offer: Friends will be offered a discount on various items over the weekend.

friends offer: 5% of any purchase.

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19 Cressa Mclaren

Mentor

20 Morag Macpherson

Studio 2, Cannonwalls and Claverhouse, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 01644 450 338 E: cressa.glass@googlemail.com W: www.cressamclaren.com

Studio 11, Cannonwalls and Claverhouse, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG T: 07734 421 029 E: info@moragmacpherson.com W: www.moragmacpherson.com

My work is fresh, vibrant and colourful, inspired by my love of botanical forms. I use a combination of strong colour and fine detail to create functional, yet strikingly beautiful pieces. The techniques of fusing, slumping, draping and sandblasting the glass, help me create the bold outlines and contrasting colours that define my style. This year I am incorporating more transparent glass throughout my work to create a slightly different look and feel. Visitors will also see more additions and designs to my Glass Meadows Installation.

My practice involves surface pattern design. I research themes behind collections extensively. I see shapes everywhere I look, photograph them and interpret these into line drawings. I create motifs which I then repeat and colour on computer. The finished patterns are digitally printed onto fabric. This process allows me complete freedom of colour expression, with no restrictions on my pattern creation. I work in silk, linen, wool, cotton and paper. I make scarves, cushions and sell fabric and wallpaper by the metre. I also patchwork kimono, skirts, wall tapestries and bags.

Claverhouse Wasps Studios is on the old High street in Kirkcudbright. Coming from the main road heading towards Dundrennan, take a right turn onto the high street, The Wasps studios are located 25m on the right. Selkirk Arms (High Street Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG 01557 330402 www. selkirkarmshotel.co.uk) does excellent bar meals. Broughton House (High Street, Kirkcudbright 01557330473 www.nts.org.uk) National Trust of Scotland owned house and garden of E.A. Hornel.

directions: From the A75 take the A711 into Kirkcudbright. From St Mary Street, take a right turn onto High Street and the WASPS Studios are on your right. recommendations: Polar Bites (Harbour Square, Kirkcudbright DG6 4HY 01557 339050 www.fishandchipshopsdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk) family friendly, eat-in local chip shop with fantastic fish and a free BYOB policy. Broughton House and Garden (12 High St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX 0844 493 2246) the former residence of local artist and ‘Glasgow Boy’ EA Hornel.

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price range: £17 to £500 friends offer: 5% discount.

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21 Linda Mallett

22 Kate Anderson

49 Millburn Street, DG6 4BY T: 01557330274 E: linda.mallett@virgin.net W: lindamallett.com

The Smithy, Culdoach Road, Tongland, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4LU T: 01557 330415 E: KateAnderson1029@aol.com W: www.AndersonsArt.co.uk

I still seem to be obsessed by the range and depth of the black and white image. My drawings are developed from a combination of digital photographic image and freehand mark-making, often to quite a large scale. Like so many, I am inspired by the shores and hills of Galloway and beyond – close details of rocky beaches; windblown trees; unexpected waterfalls; still pools of waterlilies… I will also have a range of hand-printed etchings and hand-made books.

I use the medium of mosaic in a distinct way. I try to match imaginative concepts with innovative techniques. Visitors will see screens and wall hangings using combinations of both traditional and unconventional materials which I have experimented with to produce thought-provoking and dramatic pieces. My themes explore the language of symbolism, ancient and modern, and this year a new collection takes these pre-occupations into the abstract. Smaller, affordable work will also be displayed together with working sketches.

directions: From the memorial cross at the main crossroads in Kirkcudbright, turn up Cuthbert Street, away from the castle, and past Tesco (200m). Turn right into Millburn Street and No.49 is the third house on the left. Limited parking in street outside, otherwise ample parking in Harbour Square (500m). recommendations: Polar Bites Fish and Chip Shop (Harbour Square, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4HY 01557 339050) offers the best fish and chips in the region, freshly cooked to order. Broughton House (High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JX 01557 330473 www.nts.org.uk). National Trust for Scotland- owned house and garden, the former home of artist EA Hornel.

directions: From Dumfries, take the A75 towards Stranraer and turn off onto the A711 to Kirkcudbright. Continue for three miles. Culdoach Road is on the left, just before Tongland Power Station. Continue over the small bridge to the first house on the right. The studio is through a side gate at the back.

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recommendations: The Schoolhouse (On the A75 at Ringford, beyond the A711 turn-off to Kirkcudbright, DG7 2AL 01557 820250 www.gallowaycountrycottages. co.uk). Eatery serving hot meals, traditional Sunday lunch and high teas (until 6pm) in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Broughton House (The High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JX 0844 493 2246) 18th. Century home to the artist Hornel, housing many paintings. It has a beautiful and unusual garden.

price range: £80 to £3,000

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23 Jennie Ashmore

24 Urpu Sellar

61 Main Street, Auchencairn, DG7 1QU  M: 07876 273550 E: jennie@leafworks.co.uk W: Leafworks.co.uk     

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

Leafworks continue to reflect my passion for the natural world, particularly the leaves and flowers found in woodlands, hedgerows and gardens  and my fascination with pattern and design. This year my work will show the results of collecting leaves and flowers almost daily to create Leafworks based on the seasons. I will also have work using materials found in Orchardton walled garden. Visitors will be able to view a new collection of cards and I will be demonstrating the techniques I use throughout the weekend.

Somebody once aptly described my work as being like 3D cartoons. Although I mainly use clay to create my sculptures I often incorporate found and recycled objects. Word-play, humour, puns and idioms help me come up with ideas for new pieces, and I am one of the few artists who enjoy having visitors who laugh at my work…

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 DG71QU (01556 640331) - family run pub for traditional food. Don’t miss the beautiful ruins of Dundrennan Abbey (01557 500262. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk) situated in Dundrennan on the A711.

directions: From Auchencairn follow the A711 towards Kirkcudbright for 3 miles. After passing Stockmoss farm (to your left) we are the first house on the left. From Dundrennan follow the A711 towards Auchencairn for 1 mile; we are immediately on the right after leaving the tree-lined winding glen. recommendations: Kirkpatricks (29 St. Cuthbert St, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4DX 01557 330888) in Kirkcudbright. Scottish Tapas on Thursdays is fantastic. Broughton House (12 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JX 0844 493 2246). The NTS property is the former home and studio of EA Hornel with a beautiful Japanese-inspired garden.

facilities: price range: £35 to £950 friends offers: discount of 10% on Leafworks.

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25 Sherry Campion

26 Hannah McAndrew

Studio 2, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas DG7 1SX M: 07935314275 E: sherrycampion@hotmail.com W: www.sherrycampion.co.uk

Studio 3, Lochdougan House, Kelton, Castle Douglas, DG7 1SX T: 01556 680220 E: info@hannahmcandrew.co.uk W: www.hannahmcandrew.co.uk

Those familiar with my work will know that I prefer to paint with a roller rather than the traditional paintbrush. I enjoy the interesting textures and spontaneity this creates. Initially it was just a printing roller I used but I now have a selection of homemade rollers that will be on display throughout the weekend. Visitors will see a new body of figurative and potraiture work painted using this same method.

My love affair with clay began back at university. As with all relationships over time we share passion, adoration, and understanding and sometimes sheer frustration. Add to the mix some flame in my wood fired kiln and you get a potter who is addicted, excited and still enthralled by her simple palette of materials. Since my trip to America I have been making pots which in many ways echo more strongly my particularly British tradition of slipware but are also somehow more of me and of now than ever before.

directions: From Castle Douglas, Auchencairn, or Dalbeattie head for Gelston. Continue through Gelston on the B727 towards Kircudbright. After about three miles, take the turn to the right, signposted Rhonehouse. Lochdougan house is on the left after about half a mile. recommendations: The Willow Tree - (Glen Road, Palnackie, DG7 1PH 01556 600092 www.thewillowtreepalnackie.co.uk) a welcoming café with a fine range of delicious home-made cakes. Open 10-4 every day, plus an evening menu 4-8 Thurs-Sun. Threave Castle (Kelton Mains Farm, DG7 1TJ www.historic-scotland.gov. uk) - with a pleasant walk down to the river where you can take a boat across to the island where the castle is situated. Further along the path from the mooring is an osprey-viewing platform where a pair of ospreys have nested for the last 3 years. facilities:

From the A75 enter the village of Rhonehouse, at the red telephone box turn onto Craig Terrace, take the first right and after about 1.5miles take the 2nd turn on the right at Lochdougan House onto the tree lined drive. From Kirkcudbright head towards Gelston or from Gelston head towards Kirkcudbright on the B727 until you see the sign for Rhonehouse, take that turn and after about half a mile take your first left at Lochdougan House onto the tree lined drive. Designs Gallery, and café (King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ 01556 504552 www.designsgallery.co.uk). Threave Castle (Castle Douglas, DG7 1BG 07711 223 101 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk), reached by a boat is also the site of nesting ospreys.

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price range: £30 to £600 friends offers: 10% off purchase price.

price range: £20 to £500 friends offers: 10% discount or a small free gift for the first 10 Friend purchases.

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27 Hazel Campbell

28 Janet O’Donnell

Slagnaw, Kelton, Castle Douglas, DG7 1SY T: 01556 680214 E: hazel@painting-for-pleasure.co.uk W: www.hazelcampbell.com

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

The biggest change in my work over the last year has been the introduction of bamboo and ink. I love the dry, scratchy lines beside areas of thick gouache, and the reaction of the ink with wet paint. I regularly work in oil, using oil pastel for accents. Subject matter includes landscape and still life using a fairly broad brush approach. Visitors to my studio can enjoy the large vegetable garden which provides much stimulation, and the calf shed nearby provides entertainment and interest for children.

Scarves in the colours, textures and designs you know and love plus a whole lot more! Having taken two years off to complete an Art and Design Diploma I’m ready to show you how this, and a trip to Australia, has influenced my new work. Weaving, knitting and other skills used in creating wearable art will be demonstrated and questions encouraged. There is also the opportunity to see a completely new, non-textile, field of work that I am exploring and to let me know what you think.

From A75 take the turn to Rhonehouse. Turn left in the village, (Craig Terr.) then 1/4 mile further on turn right. My studio is at the first farm on the left. From Auchencairn, go to Gelston and follow the signs from there. Deli 173 (173 King St, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DZ 01556 504880) offers delicious filled rolls and exciting cheeses. All the essentials for the perfect picnic! Visit the Osprey viewing platform on R. Dee near Threave Castle (Kelton Mains Farm, Castle Douglas. DG7 1TJ www.nts.org.uk). Follow NTS signs from A75. Park at Kelton Mains, and enjoy a well signed short walk.

directions: The studio is down a track beside the football field at the bottom of the village on A711. Access is restricted but a parking area will be clearly signposted. recommendations: The Sun Room Café (run by Jade Norcross on site at the studio and back for Spring Fling by popular demand) is a small venue where you can enjoy chatting with other studio visitors whilst gazing at views of the Solway and devouring wonderful homemade cooking. The Hugh Paton Memorial Path, Auchencairn is a 6km circular walk starting at the Millennium Garden and passing Auchencairn Bay, Redhaven Bay beach, Torr Point, farm and woodland. facilities:

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price range: £15 to £350 friends offers: Discount given to any Friend spending over £75.

friends offers: Invitation to private views, and discount on many paintings.

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29 Trevor Leat

30 Natalie Vardey

The Old Schoolroom, 8 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas DG7 1QU T: 01556 640331 E: trevorleat@hotmail.com W: www.trevorleat.co.uk

The Old Schoolroom, 8 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, DG7 1QU T: 01644 420634 E: ask@natalievardey.com W: www.natalievardey.com

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

My temporary Spring Fling space is within Trevor’s studio. Here I will show my bench in all its cluttered glory but my cabinets will hold much more: the shimmer and spangle of light reflecting in crystals and diamonds; the detail of miniscule crochet and knitting in pure silver; the lustre of beautiful pearls; the warmth of polished gold and frosted silver in simple shapes. This contrast of light and balance is my foundation, underpinned by admiration and respect for all jewellers who made stunning work before the invention of electricity.

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 downhill on your right.

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 downhill on your right.

recommendations: The Old Smugglers Inn, (Main Street, Auchencairn, DG7 1QU); Tel: 01556 640331) is a friendly, family run place for bar lunches, coffee or a pint. There is a lovely walk along the coast to Balcary Point, close to Auchencairn, with dramatic cliffs and sweeping views across the Solway to the Lakeland hills.

recommendations: Designs Gallery and Café (King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DZ 01556 504552 www.designsgallery.co.uk) with a garden and a conservatory. Taliesin Community Woodlands (www.swcwt.org) is an ancient woodland site below Screel Hill perfect for a picnic and a walk. On the back road from Auchencairn to Gelston, the road straightens after a bridge and a bend, and there’s a car park on the right, opposite the entrance. If coming from Gelston, the car park is on your left when the forested area starts.

facilities: price range: £12 to £500 friends offers: I will be open for a Friends only preview on Friday evening from 8pm until 9pm.

facilities: price range: £12 to £650 friends offers: Look for special marked prices for Friends.

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31 Angela Lawrence

32 Leo Blamire

Clience Studio, 212 King Street, Castle Douglas DG71DS T: 01556 504318 E: ang_pat_lawrence@hotmail.com W: www.cliencestudio.co.uk

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

Visitors will see paintings showing glimpses of landscape highlighted by sunlight between shifting clouds; hills and coast beckoning us to explore; softening effects of distance and the allure of far horizons and the sea. I like to portray particular places, often in Galloway, which visitors will feel a connection with, though locations are often transformed by memory. In contrast, my Sea Spirit series continues with new paintings showing the freshness and movement of waves, close-up. Another small group will hopefully delight with turquoise beauty from the Western Isles.

I am a painter, printmaker, framer and musician. Recent oil paintings are of animals - dogs, pigs, cats, rabbits. I capture the essence of their character reading human thoughts into them. I build many thin layers of oils on gesso covered panels; finishing with fine brush strokes. I enjoy creating bright, patterned backgrounds. My screenprints reflect a slightly quirky view of life - with bold, colourful and decorative shapes creating a slightly ‘retro’ look. I am working on a series of framed fine pen drawings which will also be on sale.

directions: Clience Studio is on the main street in Castle Douglas directly under the tall clock tower, at the lower end of the town and on the crossroads of the A713 to Ayr/ Auchencairn.

directions: McGill Duncan Gallery is situated at 231 King Street - the main street in Castle Douglas - opposite the pet shop and Ranchers (ironworks).

recommendations: Thistle “B” Scrumptious (King Street Castle Douglas DG7 1DS 01556 504006 www.thistlebscrumptious.co.uk) - delicatessen specialising in local and Scottish produce; the smoked duck baguette is scrumptious. Threave Gardens (DG7 1RX 08444932245 www.nts.org.uk) - a splendid house and gardens, with a walled garden and sculptures. The Café has a lovely veranda overlooking the Galloway hills. facilities: price range: £15 to £2000 friends offers: 10% discount on ten paintings selected by Angela, and a gift of a pre-selected mounted signed print to the first 3 Friends who make a purchase over £50. For Friends who join on the weekend the same incentives will apply.

recommendations: The Jewel in the Crown Indian restaurant (17 King Street Castle Douglas, DG7 1AA, telephone 01556505999). Very friendly and welcoming with great Indian food. Look out for the colourful paintings of the staff! The Bat Trail (Threave Gardens, Castle Douglas 08444932245 www.nts.org.uk/Property/ Threave-Estate), designated Scotland’s first bat reserve. Find out more about these fascinating nocturnal mammals and follow two of the specially selected bat trails around Threave Gardens and Kelton Mains. Bat detectors are available to hire from the visitor centre. facilities: price range: £30 to £800 friends offers: Demonstrations throughout the Spring Fling Week.

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33 Simon Robinson

34 Hilary McElderry

Castle Douglas Art Gallery, Market Hill, King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AE T: 01556 650548 E: simon@sar-photography.com W: www.sar-photography.com

Fordhouse, Clarebrand, Castle Douglas DG7 3AG T: 01556 504964 E: finandhilary@gmail.com W: www.hilarymcelderry.co.uk

My photography is based around specific projects or themes and as my interests are very varied this leads to distinct and individual bodies of work. The areas of photography that I work in include: street, documentary, still life, animals, landscape and urban. Over the last year I have been spending a lot of time in Glasgow capturing the many facets of city life and at this year’s Spring Fling people will be able to see some of the resulting images as well as a selection of my botanical prints and other work.

I draw fabric of a rich variety of colour and pattern using coloured pencils,with the occasional addition of inks, watercolour and gouache. I arrange the fabrics both naturalistically and in geometric patterns, rather like in patchwork quilts. I am also working on still-lives of favourite objects. I worked as a children’s illustrator for many years and visitors will be able to see my illustrations as posters, prints, books and greeting cards.

directions: The Castle Douglas Art Gallery is next to the Library at the top of King Street in Castle Douglas. recommendations: Thistle ‘B’ Scrumptious (207 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DT 01556 504006 www.thistlebscrumptious.co.uk) Lovely little shop selling only Scottish produce. Threave Castle (Threave, Castle Douglas, DG7 1TJ 07711 223101 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk), a 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway. Access to the castle is by rowboat. facilities: price range: £20 to £150 friends offers: 20% discount to Friends.

directions: From Castle Douglas: immediately after the roundabout at the top of King Street (Tesco on your right) turn left onto Dunmuir Road. Go under the A75 and when you come to a cross-roads turn right and then next left down the short narrow lane to Fordhouse. From Dumfries follow the A75. As you approach Castle Douglas there is a climbing lane; at the top of the hill turn right onto the B795, signposted Laurieston. Go past Gerranton Farm and then turn next right to Fordhouse. recommendations: Turn right at the top of our lane to follow a beautiful road to Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright, which takes in open countryside, woodland, moorland and stunning views of the Fleet valley (take the A713 Ayr road then the B795 through Laurieston). Pick up a picnic at Thistle ‘B’ Scrumptious (King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DT 01556 504006 www.thistlebscrumptious.co.uk) or call in at The Ship Inn at Gatehouse (01557 814217 www.theshipinngatehouse.co.uk) for a bite to eat. facilities:

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35 Roger Lever

36 Phil Howard

Lever Gallery, New Station Road, Dalbeattie, DG5 4AN T: 01556 612546 E: rogeralever@hotmail.com W: www.rogerleverphotography.co.uk

Parkstone, Barhill Road, Dalbeattie DG5 4JD T: 01556 610998 E: phil.howard50@btinternet.com W: gallowaywoodturners.btck.co.uk/MembersShowcase

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.

This year I will be concentrating on the art and craft of the wooden bowl. From mainly functional to purely decorative bowls, dishes and platters, wee ones to big ones, and some that are not even round! There will be an exciting selection of finished bowls for you to view, handle and buy (probably a few other items as well). If you need a special item, we can discuss ideas for a commission. Or I’ll try to answer any questions you may have about woodturning – just ask!

directions: Once in Dalbeattie get onto the Dumfries - Castle Douglas Road A711. At the Bank of Scotland turn up the hill by the bank (Station Road) After 2-300 yards take a left turn onto New Station Road. Lever Gallery is 50 yds on the left.

directions: From Dumfries take the A711 to Dalbeattie. When you reach the 30mph limit at Dalbeattie (12 miles), take the second turn on the Left into Barhill Road (there is a large Copper Beech tree on the corner). The house and workshop are about half way up the hill on the Left.

recommendations: The Laurie Arms Hotel and Restaurant (11 Main Street, Haugh of Urr DG73YA 01556660246 www.haugh-of-urr.com/restaurant) is a family run business providing local food in a scenic village. 15th century round tower house, Orcharton Tower (Ref.NX817551 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk). The only one of its kind in Scotland. 4 miles south of Dalbeattie. Signposted left off the A711 just past the village of Palnackie.

recommendations: We have always enjoyed our local Italian restaurant, Luigi’s (3 Maxwell Street, Dalbeattie, DG5 4AH 01556 611025 luigisrestaurant.org.uk), try the thin and crispy garlic bread! Barhill Woods (Barhill Road, Dalbeattie, DG5 4JD) an area of mixed woodland with a circular walk giving views towards Edingham Castle (ruin) and a good chance of seeing Red Squirrels.

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friends offers: 10% discount on all purchases over £50.

friends offers: Friends will be able to enter a free draw to win the piece pictured above.

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37 Christine Smith

38 John Threlfall

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

The Rockcliffe Gallery, Rockcliffe, Dalbeattie DG5 4QF T: 01556 630225 E: john@johnthrelfall.co.uk W: www.johnthrelfall.co.uk

From tiny penguins to ceramics large enough to sit on, I never cease to be amazed by the versatility of clay. Extruded forms, incised marks, poured and sprayed layers of slips, all contribute to my ceramic compositions. I enjoy the use of bold images, which seek to reflect and augment the shape and character of each piece, following the rhythm of the form. Recently some of my themes have burst out of their two dimensional boundaries, overflowing from the confines of a dish, to become free standing pieces.

As I begin work on my second book, depicting the wildlife and habitats of coastal Britain, Spring Fling visitors will have the first opportunities to see and buy the field sketches and studio paintings contributing to this project. From island puffins to shoreline otters and teeming seabird colonies, I’m hoping to have captured some of the excitement that comes from witnessing the wonderful and unique natural heritage of our coast.

directions: The studio is three miles from Dalbeattie on the A710 coast road, on the junction to Kippford. Look out for the Barnbarroch Pottery sign. recommendations: At the Anchor Hotel (Kippford, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG5 4LN 01556 620205 www.anchorhotelkippford.co.uk), you can sample local ales and freshly cooked seafood, while enjoying views across the Urr estuary to Screel Hill. A short walk from Kippford along the Jubilee Path, takes you over the beautiful National Trust lands to the iron age fort of the Mote of Mark (Rockcliffe, DG5 4QQ Map Ref: NX 845540). With the Muckle Hill behind, you have a splendid view over the estuary, Rough Island and the Solway beyond.

directions: Take the Dumfries to Dalbeattie coast road (the A710) and, at Colvend, turn down the road to Rockcliffe, following the brown tourist signs to the Rockcliffe Gallery and the Barons Craig Hotel. recommendations: The Barons Craig Hotel (Rockcliffe DG5 4QF 01556 630225 www.baronscraighotel.co.uk) is a great spot for lunch or other refreshments; sit on the sun terrace and enjoy panoramic views across the bay. The National Trust for Scotland property at Rockcliffe (0844 493 2100 www.nts.org.uk) offers a variety of easy walks in picturesque surroundings, with archaeological sites and wildlife. facilities:

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39 Philippa Sinclair Colvend Public Hall, Colvend, Dalbeattie, DG5 4QD T: 01556 630513 E: philippasinclair.art@gmail.com W: www.philippasinclair-art.com

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By Alice Francis I work mainly in watercolour. Although the most challenging of mediums, when mastered it produces translucent, ethereal images. I am a colourist, so the use of strong pigments and the play of light are key elements in the process of creating my paintings. My overall aim is to reveal and transcribe the essential and vital elements of a chosen image. My inspiration comes from the land, sea and sky, and man-made sites. I will be exhibiting paintings in various genres featuring local and international scenes. directions: Colvend Public Hall is immediately adjacent to Colvend Shop and Cafe on the A710 south of Dalbeattie. recommendations: ‘Treats and Eats’ Café (01556 630228 www. treatyourselfcolvend.webs.com) is immediately next door to Colvend Hall, offering morning coffee, lunches and teas, with home-made produce and a family-friendly welcome. The car park at Colvend Hall (Colvend, DG5 4QD www.7stanesmountainbiking.com/Dalbeattie) is an excellent place to start a long or short walk or bike ride following easy routes exploring the southern end of Dalbeattie Forest, with fabulous views of mountains and lochs. facilities: price range: £100 to £2,000

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This year, as part of our 10th Birthday celebrations, we have commissioned installation artist Alice Francis to create a temporary public artwork. Highly visible to passers-by, Alice will cover a traditional Galloway cottage in an archetypal floral sofa stretchcover, tailored to fit the building tightly so as to accentuate its contours and details. Alice will be talking about the process involved in the creation this artwork over the Spring Fling weekend, please refer to www.spring-fling.co.uk for details on this. This artwork is located at DG7 1QF, near Doach Woods on the B736, 3 miles south east of Castle Douglas towards Palnackie and Auchencairn on the A711. Parking is available a few yards away at Doach Woods Forestry commission car park. Park here and walk along the road to see the Artwork, which can also be viewed from above and behind, from the Doach path.   Visitors to this artwork may like to walk on of the two walking circuits in Doach Woods – a forest dominated by colossal Douglas Firs. The yellow route is 3km long and takes in a stunning viewpoint that looks across the Solway Firth to the Lake District hills. For further information contact Spring Fling manager Leah Black (07544 556 350, leah@spring-fling.co.uk), or the artist Alice Francis (07733 363969, alicefrancis73@hotmail.com).

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41 Amanda Simmons

42 Malcolm Davies

Rosebank, Corsock, Castle Douglas, DG7 3DN T: 05601 470120 E: amanda.simmons@btinternet.com W: www.amandajsimmons.co.uk

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

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and I certainly make use of them whilst coldworking glass in my studio. I use them to grind, shape and carve into my glass vessels. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Spring Fling’s 10th Anniversary I will be exhibiting work from my residency at North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster and from my open access to the National Glass Centre facilities in Sunderland (AA2A scheme), expect some new colour combinations and bigger forms inspired by the beautiful land of Caithness.

Paintings in watercolour and ink, original prints - etchings, lino-cuts, lithographs - all made slowly and traditionally from studies of birds and beasties in the local landscape. Notebooks and sketchbooks concentrate on the area around Loch Urr and the valley of the Urr Water, looking at the changing habitats as the river runs down to the sea and the Solway Firth.

directions: Travelling on the A75, from either Dumfries or Stranraer, take the A712 at Crocketford (signposted to Balmaclellan, New Galloway and Corsock). Corsock is approximately six miles up this road and my studio is located centrally in the village, opposite the bus stop and phone box. recommendations: Pringles Bar (Corsock, Castle Douglas, DG7 3DN 01644 440275) serves good home cooked meals and drinks three doors up from Studio. Wild Goat Park (Galloway Forest Park, The Queens Way (A712), New Galloway DG7 www.gallowayforestpark.com), meet the friendly goats whilst enjoying the stunning views around the Galloway. facilities:

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directions: From the A75 at Crocketford, turn on to the A712 and travel north for about 5 miles. Look for a post on the right with three signs - ‘Lochenkit, Drumhumphry & Auchenhay’. Drive for 2 miles along the single track road, passing the farm at Drumhumphry, through open moorland and past a grey and blue cottage in natural woodland. The road rises and Auchenhay Cottage (a white house) is on the left. Park by the cottage or on the grass verges. The road ends at Auchenhay Farm, where it is easy to turn and there is additional parking by the farm steading. recommendations: Collect supplies for a picnic at the Village Shop in Crocketford (DG2 8RA 01556 690287). From Corsock take the single track road to Moniaive. As the forestry plantations give way to open moorland by Loch Urr, a farm track leads off to the left taking the hill path through fields, along a short forestry ride and opens out at the ruins of Fell Farm. Walk on up the open moorland to the twin cairns at the top of Fell Hill for splendid views. facilities:

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43 Suzanne Stuart Davies

44 Pamela Grace

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

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

Engaging with place, locality and nature slowly, I make colourful oil paintings: ‘local paintings’ - in the sense that initial inspiration comes from walks and views from windows wherever I am - visiting Colonsay this year, before moving from the Dumfriesshire hills to a cottage in Galloway. Recent notebooks and sketchbooks record images and ideas, particularly this year from walks in the nearby Urr valley, from the source of the river in the wild moors, to the wide estuary in the Solway Firth.

I love being outside recording the changing landscape across different points in the year. My work remains founded in observation, expressed through drawing. This forms the basis for larger paintings using pen-and-ink and watercolour. The controlled irregularity of allotments, continues to fascinate me and I’ve visited several new locations this year. Trees of all kinds inspire me, especially the elegance revealed in their branches and twigs. These are compelling subjects for my print-making using my own press and the facilities at the Gracefield.

directions: From the A75 at Crocketford, turn on to the A712 and travel north for about 5 miles. Look for a post on the right with three signs - ‘Lochenkit, Drumhumphry & Auchenhay’. Drive for 2 miles along the single track road, passing the farm at Drumhumphry, through open moorland and past a grey and blue cottage in natural woodland. The road rises and Auchenhay Cottage (a white house) is on the left. Park by the cottage or on the grass verges. The road ends at Auchenhay Farm, where it is easy to turn and there is additional parking by the farm steading.

directions: From Springholm Village on the A75, follow sign post to Kirkpatrick Durham. The Hall is on the right hand side set back from the road, five houses in from the start of the village. Access to my studio is down the side of the hall on the way to the car park.

recommendations: From Corsock village, drive west to Balmaclellan - the views to the Galloway Hills are outstanding. Continue to New Galloway, visit Kitty’s Tearoom – a traditional teashop (01644 420246) and TheCatstrand - craft shop, coffee shop and exhibitions 01644 420374 www.catstrand.com.

recommendations: Spring Fling Café in the Village Hall (Kirkpatrick Durham DG7 3HQ) provides excellent home-made soups, home-baking, teas, fair-trade coffee, light lunches, snacks and refreshments in support of village charities. Glenkiln Sculpture Park (by Glenkiln Reservoir, outside Shawhead) features sculptures including Henry Moore’s King and Queen and the Glenkiln Cross as well as Rodin’s St. John the Baptist set in the Galloway countryside.

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45 Clare & Simon Dawdry

46 Maggie Savage

33 Victoria St, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, DG7 3HQ T: 01556 650764 E: info@wemakepots.com W: www.wemakepots.com

Spring Fling Venue: Durham Hill, Kirkpatrick Durham, DG7 3HP T: 01556 650158 E: maggie@lwddesign.co.uk

We design and make several ranges of functional ceramics for everyday use in the kitchen and at the table. Our work is influenced by the throwing process which is integral to the pots we produce. Expect to see new additions to our ranges including plates and dinner sets, and examples of work in various stages of production.

Recent visits to Venice, Granada and the hillside villages of southern Spain, have provided me with a rich source of imagery for my new work. I continue to be intrigued by the multitude of forms our built environment takes and the contrasts and dynamics of each new location which offer a different perspective on a familiar world. Drawing and sketching is an integral part of my work and both sketches and paintings, large and small, will be on display. I look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors.

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: The Grapes (Springholm, DG7 3LP 01556650586) serves good hearty pub food with a welcoming atmosphere and beer garden at the back. Kirkpatrick Durham recreation ground (DG7 3HQ) is a great place for a gentle stroll or a picnic. facilities: price range: £5 to £200 friends offers: We will offer a percentage discount when Spring Fling Friends spend over certain amounts.

directions: From the A75, take the turn-off in the middle of Springholm village following the sign for Kirkpatrick Durham. In Kirkpatrick Durham, continue up the main street to the crossroads at the top. Turn right here onto St. David’s Street and continue to the edge of the village. Just outside the village limits turn first right for Durham Hill. Alternatively, it is possible to park in the village and walk to the venue. 50 yards down from the village hall, at the bottom of the main street (Victoria St), turn left up the track to Durham Hill and continue up the hill just past the main house. recommendations: The Spring Fling Cafe at Kirkpatrick Durham Village Hall (Victoria Street, Kirkpatrick Durham, DG7 3HQ) is setup especially for SF visitors in the village hall. Spring Fling Cafe will be serving a selection of homemade soup, cakes, teas and coffees. facilities:

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47 Joyce Woodcock

48 Melville Brotherston

Knockaughley House, Moniaive, Thornhill DG3 4JD T: 01848 200787 E: joycewoodcock123@btinternet.com

Mill Studio, Dungalston Farm, Moniaive, Thornhill DG3 4JA T: 01848 200673 E: melartmoniaive@btinternet.com W: www.melvillebrotherston.co.uk

The simple act of crossing yarns over and under each other to create fabrics by hand is fascinating, and although restrictive it is also full of possibility, anything from an elegant silk scarf to the narrative potential of a woven tapestry. I use yarns made from natural fibres and dye them myself to weave both functional (scarves, rugs, cushions) and more conceptual pieces. The studio is full of looms, tactile yarns, natural dyepots, samples and finished items.

I seek to look for drama in landscape from places visited in the North and NorthWest of Scotland. I use colour, mood and sometimes manipulation of subject such as mountains, skies and sea to project energy and also the print surface.

directions: From Moniaive take the B729 signposted to Carsphairn. After crossing a stone bridge with a house beside it Knockaughley is up the hill on the right handside. It is 3 miles from Moniaive. recommendations: The Green Tea House (Chapel Street, Moniaive, DG3 4EJ, 01848200099 www.green-teahouse. co.uk) serves delicious homemade food using local and organic produce. Follow the B729 up the hill and turn left after the cattle grid to be rewarded with magnificent views to the Galloway hills and the Rhinns of Kells, then stretch your legs where the Southern Upland Way crosses the road on its way from St John’s Town of Dalry to Sanquhar. (www.southernuplandway.gov.uk) facilities:

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recommendations: Green Tearoom (Old Bank House, Chapel Street, Moniaive 01848 200099) & Andy Goldsworthy’s “Striding Arches” (www.stridingarches.com), Cairnhead. 7 miles from Moniaive at the head of Dalwhat Glen is a great place for a walk. facilities: price range: £130 to £2000 friends offers: 5% off.

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directions: Studio is on the B729 leaving Moniaive along Ayr Street heading for Carsphairn. Dungalston is a large farm house on the right hand side of the road, one mile from Moniaive. There is a sign post “Mill Studio” at the bottom of the drive and parking directions.

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49 Leeming & Paterson

50 Silvana Mclean

The Institute, Chapel Street, Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4EJ T: 01644 430004 E: info@leemingpaterson.com W: www.leemingpaterson.com

The Tower House, Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire DG3 4HN T: 01848 200321 E: silvanamclean@btinternet.com W: www.silvanamclean.co.uk

We are two outdoor photographers who have been working together for over 5 years. This year we will be exhibiting our Zero Footprint portfolio, following on from showing it at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. All the images were taken over a two year period from exactly the same location overlooking the Rhinns of Kells in Dumfries and Galloway. Creative use of season, light, and weather conditions resulted in this set of subtle and atmospheric landscape images.

Light on the water and feet in the sea one warm day on Skye. On show this year are small etchings of the many seaweeds found then and their subtle and varied colours and textures. An increasing awareness of strong connections between Scotland and Iceland will also feature in the layered Monoprints, Etchings, all sizes of Mixed Media paintings and Artists Books also for sale. Etching plates and touchable sample prints will be available as will explanations of printmaking processes involved. Studio sale section offers greatly reduced older works.

directions: The Moniaive Institute is on the main Moniaive to Dalry road on the right hand side if you are travelling towards Dalry. Aprroximately 100 metres past central road junction. The Moniaive Institute, Chapel Street, Moniaive, DG3 4EJ.

directions: From the North take A74 south to Junction 14 signposted Elvanfoot and Thornhill. Head for Thornhill then follow directions below. From Dumfries, take A76 north to Thornhill. At Thornhill take A702 south for Penpont, Kirkland and Moniaive. Follow the road through the village, over the bridge and up the High Street until you see a Clocktower. The studio is on the ground floor.

recommendations: The Green Tea House (The Old Bank Chapel Street Moniaive Dumfriesshire DG3 4EJ 01848 200099/07752099193 www.green-teahouse.co.uk) provides a fabulous range of home cooked savoury food and delicious baked treats. A short and steep walk with beautiful views of the surrounding valley in Tynron Doon, nr Moniaive. There is a waymarked route up onto it from the Penpont to Tynron road (parking at NX817933). facilities: price range: £33 to £1050 friends offers: 20% Discount.

recommendations: The Green Tea House (Chapel Street, Moniaive, DG3 4EJ 07752099193) serves delicious homemade soups, scones and light meals using organic fresh produce. There are really generous helpings of cake and desserts should you have any space left. There is a circular walk around the village joining Ayr Street and North Street which follows the path of artist James Paterson’s painting The Last Turning which is held in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. Glasgow Boy James Paterson lived in the village for many years. facilities: price range: £15 to £3,000 friends offers: 10% Discount on any work not in Sale. Spring Fling 2012

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51 Jane Blair

52 Clare Melinsky

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

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

I am a painter directly influenced by my surroundings. I am fascinated by the pastoral, the patterns created by weather and beasts on and in the landscape. I love that fleeting moment when the everyday becomes remarkable. Visitors to the studio will see a variety of works mainly in oil.

The simplified forms and decorative quality of my lino cut prints make a strong impact. They have been put to use as magazine illustration, packaging, and book covers including the Harry Potter edition published in 2010. As an illustrator I have been asked, over the years, to portray everything from kings to compost heaps. After careful research and sharp observation I make a preliminary sketch. I cut the image into the surface of a piece of linoleum and make a print. Framed and unframed work is for sale.

directions: From the A76 at Thornhill take the A702 following signs for Penpont/ Moniaive. Leaving Penpont, on Moniaive road, take the right fork signposted Tynron. Go through Tynron village, over bridge and turn left at tT-junction/war memorial. Follow road for 1/4 mile. Lannhall cottage is large white steading on right. recommendations: Tynron Village Hall will be serving light lunches, teas and delicious home baking Sunday and Monday 11 till 4. Tynron Doon is an impressive Iron Age fortress on our doorstep and an energetic hike for the fit. There are wonderful views of the Nith Valley from the top. facilities:

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directions: From the A76 at Thornhill take the A702 following signs for Penpont/ Moniaive. Leave Penpont on the Moniaive road and in a mile take the right fork signposted Tynron. Go through the village, over the bridge and turn left at the T-junction. Follow the road for 1/4 mile and Lannhall Cottage is the large steading on the right. recommendations: Thomas Tosh (East Morton Street Thornhill DG3 5LZ 01848 331553 www.thomastosh.com) offers excellent food and great coffee and cakes in a spacious and light-filled former parish hall. A ten mile drive up the Scaur Water (DG3 4NG) takes you into the heart of the hills. 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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53 Freda Blackwood

54 Anthea Summers

Scrubbieknowe, Tynron, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 4DU T: 01848 200582 E: fblackwood7@gmail.com

Goukthorn, Drumlanrig, Thornhill, Dumfries, DG3 4AR T: 01848 600287 E: info@antheasummers.com W: www.antheasummers.com

Returning visitors will again find a new direction in my latest work. Called ‘paper batik’ it is not what you might imagine. It relies on good, strong drawing to start with, then the image is developed through a series of stages during which the final outcome is always uncertain but often surprising. I am exploring the many subjects which lend themselves to this fascinating technique, from Life painting to the everenthralling drystane dykes that surround me and beyond.

With large rotund forms and vibrant colours and glazes, my distinctive style 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 porcelain, stoneware, and raku. I will be doing Raku firing demonstrations with the opportunity for visitors to glaze a pot to take home. This will take place each afternoon.

directions: On A702, the white cottage stands above the road near the top of the Clone. If approaching uphill from Penpont direction, it is necessary to drive on past and make a U turn at the junction for Tynron just beyond. Returning downhill, please take care crossing into the lay-by at the foot of my short, steep drive. There is ample parking in the field behind the house.

directions: Take the A702 from Thornhill towards Moniaive. At Penpont turn right opposite the Post Office. After 2 miles, turn left at sign for Scaur Water, at triangle. After another 2 miles, turn right at a T-junction by Druidhall Farm. Continue for 1.5 miles. Goukthorn Cottage is on the left at the next junction.

recommendations: Penpont Tea Room (Main Street Penpont DG3 4BT 0776503913 or 01848 331112) is at the centre of the village, open 9-4pm. This is a small, warm and friendly place to enjoy Maureen’s good home-cooking and baking. Nearby Tynron Doon, with its distinctive conical outline is the site of a multivallate Iron Age hillfort. The waymarked path to the top is steep and requires stout footwear but the views of the Lowther Hills and surrounding countryside are spectacularly rewarding - even on a dull day! facilities:

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55 Victor Henderson

56 Max Nowell

Carronbridge Village Hall, Hall, Carronbridge, DG3 5AY T: 01848 330125 E: victorart@tiscali.co.uk W: victorhendersonwatercolours.com

1, Steilhead Cottages, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0TN T: 01848 332233 E: maxnowell123@gmail.com W: www.maxnowellsculpture.co.uk

I continue to explore the medium of watercolour in relation to different papers and in conjunction with a variety of ways of applying the paint to the support using brushes, bamboo pens, wood block-print sections, putty marker, bone, medical syringes... anything that will leave pleasing or interesting marks. The monoprints I worked with last year have evolved into multi-media work. I am also working with large scale paper.

My work falls into two categories: outdoor, larger, pieces, either carved or dry-built; and smaller indoor pieces, some carved, some constructed and some incorporating materials other than stone. Visitors will be able to take away or commission items; chat with me about my ideas and techniques, or their own requests, over a coffee and cake; view a slide-show of previous work and wander around Penny’s beautiful garden (weather permitting!).

directions: Leaving Thornhill travel north on the A76 signed for Kilmarnock. After two miles enter village of Carronbridge. Drive downhill into the village, cross the bridge over the Carron Burn and continue uphill. About 100m after crossing the bridge you will see the village hall and car park on your right.

directions: From the A76, turn off at Auldgirth shop then take the first right after about half a mile (signposted Penpont). Drive for roughly three miles, when you will pass a gate-house on your left. Turn left after 200 yards, and follow the signs to my studio. From Moniaive/ Thornhill, drive to Penpont and turn south at the crossroads in the village (signposted to Auldgirth). Pass through Keir Mill and after almost two and a half miles turn right and follow the signs up the hill to my studio.

recommendations: Thomas Tosh in Thornhill (19 East Morton St Thornhill DG3 5LZ 01848 331 524) has an excellent choice of soups, salads and home baked cakes/scones to be savoured with a glass of wine or really good coffee and a range of teas. Woodland walks in the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle (Drumlanrig Mains, Thornhill DG3 4AG 01848 331 390 drumlanrig.com) which also has an adventure playground and bicycles for hire. There is a shop and tearoom (combination tickets are available for afternoon tea and the castle tour). facilities:

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57 Anne Butler

58 Alison Proudlock

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

Broomlea, Gatelawbridge, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire DG3 5EA T: 01848 330412 E: aproudlock@googlemail.com W: www.alisonproudlock.co.uk

My paintings are loose and colourful and are generally landscapes, although I have recently been experimenting with still life. I grew up on a farm in Dumfriesshire and my work is often inspired by: hay barns and sheds; fields and fences; wind and weather; hills and farm cottages. I enjoy exploring colour and movement and have paintings ranging from 10cm square to 1 metre square. I normally work in acrylic.

The changing seasons on land and sea are for me always inspiring. I like to capture the effects of the weather, atmosphere or light in my paintings using oils, acrylic, pastel or watercolour, whichever suits that special moment. Visitors will see work in progress, finished work, limited edition prints and cards and if they can climb stairs, are welcome to view my work studio.

directions: From Thornhill head north on the A76. After 2 miles at Carronbridge take the A702 towards Edinburgh. 3 miles up this road look for the sign indicating a right turn to Durisdeer. On entering Durisdeer Village leave your car in the square and walk beyond the church to the row of cottages on your left. Ferndale Studio is first on your left.

directions: From Dumfries take the A76 north to Thornhill. Turn right at the cross in the centre of Thornhill, signposted Gatelawbridge. Follow this road for 2.5miles. On entering Gatelawbridge, Broomlea is the seond house on the left, after crossing the bridge.

recommendations: Thomas Tosh (19 East Morton Street & 55 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill DG3 5LZ 01848 331553 www.thomastosh.com) is an excellent cafe/ gallery. Salad selection for lunch is very good value for money. Durisdeer Parish Church and Mausoleum (Durisdeer Village, Thornhill, Dumfries DG3 5BJ), A beautiful T shaped Church of Scotland built in the 1700s with a mausoleum built for the First Duke of Queensberry adjoining it. facilities: price range: £30 to £500

recommendations: Thomas Tosh (19 East Morton Street, Thornhill DG3 5LZ 01848 331524 www.thomastosh.com) serves delicious light lunches. Morton Castle is approximately 3 miles from my studio. It is a ruin which was built in the 14th century and was last occupied in 1715. There are nature trails around the castle and loch. facilities:

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59 Patti Lean

Homecomer

60 Alison Macleod

Patti Lean’s Studio, Newtonairds House, Newtonairds, Dumfries, DG2 0JL T: 01387 820312 E: patti@pattilean.co.uk W: www.pattilean.co.uk

Patti Lean’s Studio, Newtonairds House, Newtonairds, Dumfries, DG2 0JL M: 07786 434981 E: alison@alisonmacleod.com W: www.alisonmacleod.com

Visitors to the studio will see contemporary painting based on responses to the environment, place, time and change. I am very keen on outdoor activities like hillwalking, running and ski-ing, and much of my work starts with the direct experience of physical movement in the landscape, as well as the practices of looking, observing, sketching and drawing. Influenced by nature, art history, literature and culture: in my work I engage with flux, movement and reflection, and try to invent ways of seeing and feeling in terms of visual forms.

“My local junk shops are a great source of inspiration to me. I love to imagine the stories connected to each discarded artefact. The mysterious narratives of people’s pasts are suggested by the dents and scratches on each piece. Jewellery has traditionally been used to keep the memory of a loved one close to the heart. Keepsakes are passed down from mother to daughter through the generations building layer upon layer of significance.”

directions: From the A76 at Holywood, take the B729 (signposted Dunscore and Moniaive). After a mile take the left fork at Nether Gribton Farm (signposted Newtonairds). After about 3 miles, at the end of a long avenue of tall trees, turn right at a lodge house (signposted Newtonairds, private road). Follow driveway past modern houses to the old stable house at the top. recommendations: There will be cream teas and home baking available in the kitchen, with proceeds going to a local charity. Glenkiln Sculpture Park: Sculptures by Rodin, Moore and Epstein are set in the hilly landscape overlooking Glenkiln Reservoir. To get there take the A75 west out of Dumfries, turning off at Shawhead village and following signs from there.

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Alison works from her studio in Glasgow, her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally. directions: From the A76 at Holywood, take the B729 (signposted Dunscore and Moniaive). After a mile take the left fork at Nether Gribton Farm (signposted Newtonairds). After about 3 miles, at the end of a long avenue of tall trees, turn right at a lodge house (signposted Newtonairds, private road). Follow driveway past modern houses to the old stable house at the top. recommendations: Routin Bridge and its gorgeous waterfall lies just south east of Newtonairds. facilities:

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61 Andrew Adair

Homecomer

62 Amy Winstanley

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

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ M: 07966 014 778 E: email@amywinstanley.com W: www.amywinstanley.com

Visitors will see a wide variety of forms and techniques. There are the rich barium blues of my earlier work alongside the torn edges, cracks and slumped shapes of more recent times. Currently I am working with a fairly subtle palette using different clays. This involves stretching and layering the clay then imprinting the surface; printmaking with clay and glaze instead of paper and ink. I am also exploring themes and concepts using lettering and text-based work, and influences range from American gun culture through Jazz to Japanese haiku.

My experience of natural beauty is the origin for all my paintings. I am fascinated by its diversity, complexity and unceasing capacity to amaze. Using memory and feeling for colours, lines, shapes and textures I amalgamate these into my work. I let the piece evolve intuitively, almost through a state of semi consciousness, allowing for a sense of freedom in my paintings. My work can therefore be interpreted by the viewer in their own way. Visitors will see my latest collection of paintings, drawings and sketchbooks.

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

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

recommendations: The café at the Gracefield Arts Centre (28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ, tel: 01387 262084) serves great homemade soup, sandwiches and cakes. Gracefield Arts Centre (01387 262084) is home to a café, a shop selling locally produced art and craft, two exhibition spaces and an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture in the grounds.

recommendations: If you have time it’s worth driving out to the small waterside village of Kingholm Quay on the outskirts of Dumfries. It was once a busy port and whilst it is a little sleepier these days there is a pleasant pub that serves good pub grub, the Swan Hotel (01387 253756). facilities:

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63 Lauren Gray

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64 Steven Higginson

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ T: 01237 478058 E: laurenagray99@hotmail.com

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ T: 01382 450595 E: higgsteve@yahoo.com W: www.stevenhigginson.co.uk

I produce a variety of thrown porcelain decorative pots. With each piece attention is paid to achieving elegance and clarity of form, which then becomes a canvas for spontaneous decorative marks. The circular mark works as a visual contrast where the fluidity of the circle enhances the crisp controlled curves of the pot in one satisfying swoop of the brush. I am informed and inspired by the making process itself, which offers up endless possibilities. I aim to make something of beauty to be admired and pondered.

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

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

recommendations: If you are in need of a refreshment visit Polka Dot for a ‘traditional experience in a vintage tearoom’, located at the junction of George Street and Castle Street DG1 1DR. Another place of interest is The Ewart Library where you can discover lots about the local area and the history of Dumfries in the Museum in the upper floor. The building itself is a fine example of Edwardian Renaissance architecture (Catherine Street, DG1 1JB.) It is situated close to Gracefield Arts Centre.

recommendations: Hullabaloo Restaurant (Robert Burns Centre, Mill Road, Dumfries, DG2 7BE 01387 259679 www.hullabaloorestaurant.co.uk). This is one of the best places to eat in Dumfries. Laid-back and welcoming, the food is unpretentious but inventive.

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65 Ailsa Black

66 Val Macadam

Kilbean Village Hall, Kirkbean, Dumfries, DG2 8DW T: 01387 880537 E: ailsablack@btinternet.com W: www.ailsablack.com

2 Midtown Cottages, Kirkbean, Dumfries, DG2 8DL T: 01387 880755 E: valmac@talktalk.net W: www.valmacart.com

My work is based on my experiences of life in rural Scotland and the landscape, animals, birds and people that surround me. I am interested in the use of these core influences, which merge with my imagination, to convey a light-hearted, quirky and whimsical narrative on aspects of rural life. I work in acrylic paint with a limited but bold palette of colours and a modern slightly stylised use of form. Original paintings will be for sale as well as a large choice of cards and giclee prints.

My eye continues to be drawn to themes of colour, shape and pattern which I’m now fully embracing, giving vent to flights of humorous fancy! Subjects extend from my washing line and garden, zigzagging through the fields beyond, to homes and historic buildings across the country. All are given my own particular ‘slant’ as I aim to create quirky images full of energy, detail and amusement! Visitors to my studio will see new drawings, work in progress and sketchbooks- as well as the lovely view of the Solway, weather permitting!

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: Enjoy generous pub meals at the Steamboat Inn (Carsethorn, Dumfries, DG2 8DS, Tel: 01387 880631, www.steamboatinncarsethorn.co.uk) or just have a cool drink and relax in the seaside beer garden. John Paul Jones Museum (jpj.demon.co.uk) is the original home of John Paul Jones. Here he was born and lived in poverty before leaving for the United States, where he is known as the “Father of the American Navy” and a distinguished naval officer. However, in Scotland, he is remembered as more of a pirate. facilities: price range: £2 to £1,000

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directions: Follow the A710 out of Dumfries, through New Abbey, then 3 miles south of the village, just beyond Drumburn, turn right at the sign for MIDTOWN farm. Travelling north on the A710, towards Dumfries, turn left 1.5 miles from Kirkbean at the MIDTOWN sign. The entrance to my studio is a sharp right turn before you reach the farm. Additional parking is available at the top of the farm road but please leave access and gates clear. recommendations: I would highly recommend Abbey Cottage Tearoom (Main Street, New Abbey DG2 8BY, 01387 850377, www.abbeycottagetearoom. com). The homemade scones are my particular favourites! A visit to the Corn Mill in New Abbey (DG2 8BU, 01387 850260, www.historic-scotland.gov.uk) is well worthwhile as the water-powered mill has been carefully restored and is operated regularly through the season. facilities:

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67 Lettie Blackett

68 Dougie Muego

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

Atholl Bank, Main Road, Locharbriggs, Dumfries DG1 1RZ T: 01387 711080 E: dougie.muego@btinternet.com W: www.mmvart.com

Following a very successful series of work executed from a trip to India I decided to return at the end of 2011 to work on a second series. I spent a couple of months travelling with my paintbox from Delhi south to Kerala. Visitors to my studio will see the results of this trip as well as a selection of work produced back in my studio in Scotland.

I love painting. Beauty and richness, colour and mystery can all be found in it. For me, the medium is entrancing and enticing. Visitors will see bold, colourful and striking new abstracts which are full of fresh ideas. This year, a bigger range of work will be on show. There will be small, delicate drawings and prints. I will show some strong subtle, simple paintings and there will also be the drama of big, powerful, richly textured pieces.

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. recommendations: The Steamboat Inn (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 (Arbigland, Kirkbean, DG2 8BQ, 01387 880 613, www.jpj.demon.co.uk) The birthplace of John Paul Jones, ‘father’ of the American Navy. facilities: price range: £70 to £1000

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directions: From Moffat, take the A701 to Dumfries. My studio is at the edge of Locharbriggs, on the right, just below the Arnold Clark Garage at the top of the hill. Coming from the south, exit the A75 at the Heathhall roundabout. Take the A701, (direction Edinburgh/Moffat). About 1.5 miles north of there, my studio is on the left, just below the Arnold Clark Garage at the top of the hill as you are leaving Locharbriggs. recommendations: Heathhall Garden Centre (Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1SE, 01387 263101, heathhallgardecentre.co.uk) has a café/tearoom serving light meals. Heathhall Aviation Museum (Heathhall Industrial Estate, Dumfries DG1 3PF, 01387 251623, dumfriesaviationmuseum.com) a former Control Tower, the museum has indoor exhibits and outdoor static displays of aircraft. Part of a WW2 airfield, it now houses a diverse and growing collection of aircraft and aviation related material, both civilion and military. facilities:

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69 Keith Brown

70 Claire Sutherland

Bowhouse Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfries, DG1 4RU T: 01387 770311 E: catherine.brown5@sky.com

Hayknowes Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire DG12 6QZ T: 01462 202215 E: claire-sutherland@live.co.uk

The Solway is renowned for its vast mudflats, fast flowing tides, beautiful sunsets and its native and migratory birds. It is these birds, especially the winter migrants that stop me dead in my track. The sight and sounds of the ducks and geese have always inspired me. and provide endless images to sketch and paint. Visitors to my studio will see the connection between my work, the stunning views, the birds and the other wildlife that make this area unforgettable.

Visitors will see mainly plant forms executed in various media: pen and ink, watercolour, watercolour pencil and mixed media. Recently I have been developing images using watercolour pencils, producing soft and very subtle results through the layering of colour and tones with composition growing organically. For the first time this year I will be showing recent oil paintings along with a selection of limited edition prints, postcards and some works in progress.

directions: From Dumfries follow signs for the Royal Infirmary. Then take the B725 to Glencaple. Continue through Glencaple, with Criffel and the Nith Estuary on your right. Bowhouse farm is located approximately 3.5 miles south of Glencaple.

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 ½ mile down this road, on the right.

recommendations: Nith Hotel (Glencaple, Dumfries, DG1 4RE, 01387 770213, www.nithhotel.co.uk). Tea, coffee along with high quality steaks and varied menu, all in a friendly setting with splendid views over the Solway Estuary. With Glencaple as a starting point there are beautiful walks up and down the banks of the River Nith, with stunning views towards Dumfries, Criffel and the Lake District on a clear day. Caerlaverock Castle (Glencaple, Dumfries DG1 4RU, 01387 770244, www.historicscotland.gov.uk) is a short drive from the Hotel.

recommendations: Del Amitri (95A High Street, Annan, DG12 6DJ, 01461 201999, www.del-amitri.co.uk) is friendly, welcoming and delivers some of the best food in the South of Scotland using local ingredients. Fine dining with new menus each week, embracing locally-sourced seasonal produce whenever possible. Annan Museum (Bank Street, Annan, DG12 6AA, 01461 201384) offers an interesting local collection and a programme of temporary exhibitions. An interesting insight into the history of the Annan area plus a variety of temporary exhibitions.

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71 Heather Blanchard

72 Bella Green

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

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

My aim has always been to paint light and space and the patterns that nature creates. However, as I walk every day in the landscape, what I see dissipates and moves on. Trying to express that subjective experience in paint is a challenge. Visitors to my studio will see paintings and prints in various stages of completion, as well as finished works.

My delight is colour and pattern and to create visual tension and narrative I like to play with multiple viewpoints and perspectives and different degrees of representation in the one composition. Works inspired by views through windows and doorways and table top vistas including my Turn Me’s (hang in any direction) will be the main paintings on show. There will also be small gouache studies and drawings inspired by Argentine tango as well as prints and cards and a display of preparatory works and information on my working process.

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. Enjoy a lunch at Somerton House Hotel (Carlisle Road, Lockerbie, DG11 2DR, 01576 202583, www.somertonhotel.co.uk) whose menu focuses on local meat, fish and game. A pleasant stroll alongside Kirtle Water leads to the remains of Kirkonnel Church on the Springkell Estate at Eaglesfield. The churchyard has many ancient gravestones and two slabs mark the graves of Fair Helen of Kirkonnel and Adam Fleming who were immortalised in ‘The Ballad of Fair Helen’ by Sir Walter Scott. 06

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directions: Tigh Sonaa is on the B709 within the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre. Leave Eskdalmuir heading north, pass the ESMP hall on your left and Samye Ling Car park on right and turn next right into Samye Ling. Pond with statue on left. After 100m turn right, go through the grey gate. Tigh Sonaa 50m on right. recommendations: Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and Monastery (DG11 0QL) is the first and largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in the west. Visit temple, stupa and gardens as well as shop and Tibetan Tea Rooms, (01387 373232, www.samyeling.org) which serves light lunches and cakes, has huge range of teas and great coffee. facilities:

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73 Nancy Chinnery

74 Margaret Walty

Lynwood, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0QH T: 01387 373211 E: nc@lynwood.org.uk W: www.lynwood.org.uk

10 George Street, Langholm, Dumfriesshire DG13 0AE T: 01387 380634 E: margaret.walty@virgin.net W: www.margaretwalty.co.uk

Texture and light are what excite me. Gilding is an ancient craft that is all about using reflected light to emphasize texture and energize a space. So it was fortunate that I trained as a tradional gilder, working first in the antique trade, but more recently to design my own mirrors and frames. This year I have pushed the boundaries of my craft out even further by introducing colour along with gold leaf to create delicately textured gessoed panels. The very popular “Bowls of Light” will also be on display.

Nature and fantasy intertwine in my work. My flower and animal paintings are infused with nature’s colours and glorious detail, and my fantasy paintings are rooted in the natural world where hares dance at twilight and trees have character and come to life out of the corner of the eye; and my dragons, on wings as structured as a butterfly’s, can truly fly. I shall be showing new work in acrylics and oils, prints, books I have illustrated, and cards, and I am always happy to discuss methods and techniques.

directions: From Lockerbie take B723 for 15 miles, at Eskdalemuir take a right at the church onto B709. After 150yds take right-hand Bailliehill Rd. (signposted) in front of B. Provost Builders, after 3/4 mile Lynwood is first house on the right.

directions: Turn West off the A7 in the Market Place in the centre of Langholm, passing Hope Hospital on the left. Take the first left down Charles Street Old to the free public car park by the Suspension Bridge. George Street (restricted access for vehicles) lies north along the river bank. No.10 is 50 yards along.

recommendations: The Hub (Eskdalemuir, Langholm, DG13 OQJ, 01387373760, eskdalemuir.btck.co.uk) will be serving cream teas and light refreshments throughout the weekend. This is a great opportunity for visitors to see a community run project in action and share in the vision of how a group of local people are turning a redundant school building into an inspiring community facility. Loupin and Girdle Stones (stone circles) part of the Prehistoric trail, well signposted from Eskdalemuir. facilities:

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recommendations: The Douglas Hotel (High Street, Langholm DG13 0DH, 013873 81547, www.douglashotellangholm.co.uk) offers a varied menu with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. The MacDiarmid Memorial (Whita Hill, off the Newcastleton Road) A sculpture commemorating the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, who was born in Langholm. It also stands on the edge of the Langholm Moorland Project, one of the most important upland conservation projects in the UK. facilities:

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75 Julie Dumbarton

76 Daniel Lacey

Julie Dumbarton Studio, Buccleuch Mills, Langholm DG13 0ES M: 07525 180 334 E: julie@juliedumbarton.com W: www.juliedumbarton.com

Buccleuch Mills, Glenesk Road, Langholm DG13 0ES T: 01387 380193 E: info@daniellacey.com W: www.daniellacey.com

Having spent seven years in the Bakehouse Studio, I have now moved to a larger studio with fantastic natural light that is a joy to work in. My work reflects places that I would like to be, or have been to and enjoyed. Always colourful, I strive to show features as I see them – the contours on a mountainside, colours in the sky and clouds, or light between the trees. Having recently spent time in the Highlands, the influence of this fantastic area can be seen in my current works.

My aim is to produce work of the highest quality, both in design and craftsmanship: work which exceeds my clients’ expectations and makes them ask, ‘how did you do that?’ All work is based on sustainable principles, using mainly local timbers and in combination with the use of my own small mobile sawmill, I am able to offer an unusually complete service to clients, ending with the unique piece of furniture designed specifically for them. On display will be new – and older – examples of work, and work in progress.

directions: From Langholm High Street, turn onto Roseville Street opposite the town hall, and continue on until you reach a T-junction. Turn left onto Maxwell Street and continue until the road bends to the left. Turn right here, and my studio is in the mill on your left. Look out for the white door with a sign next to it. recommendations: I recommend Pelosis corner café (Market Place, High Street, Langholm, 013873 81250). Their homemade ice-cream is a great treat after a hard days painting! I recommend the monument to Sir John Malcolm at the top of Whita Hill overlooking Langholm. Although the walk up to the monument is quite strenuous, the views over Langholm and beyond are stunning. facilities: price range: £180 to £2500

directions: Entering Langholm on A7 from south, take the first road (Glenesk Road) on the left, past the Co-op supermarket, and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill buildings. My building is just after this on the left (with cherry trees outside), and has my sign on the building. There is free carparking nearby. recommendations: Pelosi’s café (High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JQ, 01387 381250) offers a great icecream experience! Langholm Monument on top of Whita Hill, east of Langholm has wonderful views of Langholm and Solway Firth from the memorial to Sir John Malcolm (one of 4 brothers knighted for service to their country).

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In a new project with Dumfries College, two groups of Dumfries College Students will be supported and guided by artist Bea Last as their Exhibition Mentor. The students art work and the result of this collaboration with Bea will be shown during Spring Fling 2012 in two venues in Dumfries. Bea participated in Spring Fling from 2003-2011.

The Exhibition Mentor

Photo: Kim Ayres

Bea is an artist whose practice is essentially concerned with paint. She explores her relationship to paint, its application and dynamics. She works with the process of addition and subtraction, movement, memory and energy while evolving a series of paintings concurrently. As well as paintings, working drawings and sketchbooks are essential to her practice to show the creative process. Bea has exhibited widely across the U.K and abroad with work held in both private and corporate collections. Visit www.re-title.com/artists/bea-last.asp to view Bea’s work.

Photography Students

Art & Design Students

Demonstrating depth and maturity with a diverse range of styles, the students, currently in their second year HND photography at Dumfries and Galloway College will hold their exhibition titled “Exposed” at the Bakers Oven on the High Street, Dumfries DG1 2QT, between the 24 May and 4 June 2012. Visit the Bakers Oven during Spring Fling to see the work of Fiona Willoughby, Florencia Garcia Chafuen, Alastair Ross, Kelly Carruthers, Allan Tait, Sophie Jones, Kerry Carruthers, Nikola Holmes, Steve Macierzynski and others. For more information please contact Fiona Willoughby (fiona.willoughby@googlemail.com; 07801669976).

Working across a range of disciplines, this group of students currently in the second year of HND Art & Design will exhibit their graduate work in The Lightbox, 80 Queensberry Street, Dumfries DG1 1BG between the 2 – 5 June. Visit The Lightbox to see the work of Evelyn Gray, Caroline Inker, Cath Monk, Andy Williams, Jenny Rose and Steven Rogerson. For more information please contact Jenny Rose (jennyritarose@hotmail.com; 07941340364)

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Coral Beattie Mentored by Morag Macpherson A 2011 graduate from Glasgow School of Art, Coral Beattie studied Woven Textile Design. Now 22 and living in Kilmarnock, Coral has had strong links with Dumfries and Galloway since childhood. Inspired by patterns and details found in architecture, whilst studying Coral researched geometric pattern repeats, traditional Mexican and Moroccan textiles, and explored the use of contrasting patterns using a jacquard computer loom. From this she created a collection of scarves. In the run up to Spring Fling Coral will be mentored by Morag Macpherson (Studio 20, p14), a textile designer who has recently moved to Dumfries and Galloway and works in WASPS in Kirkcudbright. Coral will show her work during Spring Fling 2012 in The Mill on The Fleet (see p8).

Sally Hogarth Mentored by Linda Mallett Sally Hogarth is a fine artist working across sculptural installation, photography and video. Her work surrounds the idea of social interaction, whether it is technological, political or communal. Although currently living and working in London, Sally lived in Dumfries and Galloway as a child. Now 25, she graduated from Goldsmiths College, London with a BA in Fine Art and from Central St Martins with an MA in Fine Art and Art History. Sally’s work requires participants or viewers as part of its production; many of her works in the past have been produced and performed in public spaces. It is for this reason that Sally will be mentored by Linda Mallett (Studio 21, p15), an artist who divides her time between studio practice and collaborative work in the public art field, both as artist and project manager. Sally will show her work during Spring Fling 2012 in The Mill on The Fleet (see p9).

Smartphone App We are proud to present the very first Spring Fling Mobile App. Available on iPhone and Android platforms, the primary purpose of the App is to navigate studios and source detailed drop down data on specific artists. Using the App, routes can be planned based on discipline, location, name or ‘near me’. It will be possible to search for and book additional events, sign up as a Friend and search for local businesses, or sites of cultural interest recommended by Spring Fling artists. The App will display the Spring Fling Twitter Feed and Facebook wall. Please visit www.spring-fling.co.uk for more information.

Spring Fling Online Shop Indulge yourself, or treat a loved one to the gift of Spring Fling art, all year round. 2012 sees the launch of the Spring Fling Online Shop with superior quality handmade art and design products by Spring Fling artists at the click of a button. In addition to being able to buy artwork, we will offer a facility to sign up for, or renew Friendship, book and buy tickets for Spring Fling additional events, and order a copy of the 2012 brochure*. Please visit www.springfling.co.uk to begin your Spring Fling online retail experience. *please note that we no longer post our brochure free to our regular mailing list unless your are a Friend of Spring Fling – however, for the cost of postage (£1.50 - £2.00) through our online shop, 2012 brochures can be ordered and posted to anywhere in the UK.

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Magical Mystery Tour

In addition to the core open studios trail we are organising an exciting programme of additional events for Spring Fling visitors, including: a ceilidh and hog roast; magical mystery bus tours; three free guided bike rides; a Sunday morning guided Spring Fling walk; and new this year, a Spring Fling wine tasting.

All aboard for the popular Spring Fling magical mystery bus tours! Hop on at 10am at one of three designated locations and hop off again at the same location at around 5pm having visited at least five Spring Fling studios en route. Tours will be leaving from Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday 2 June (covering the West Studios), Dumfries on Sunday 3 June (covering the East Studios), Castle Douglas on Monday 4 June (covering the North Studios), and Tuesday 5 June (covering the South Studios). Tickets cost £10 per person or £8.50 concessions. Bookings must be made in advance via Spring Fling website (www.spring-fling.co.uk) or by contacting Spring Fling manager, Leah Black (01387 213 218, leah@spring-fling.co.uk).

Spring Fling Ceilidh & Hog Roast Whether you’re a dab hand at Dashing White Sergeant or you’re a Ceilidh virgin, all are welcome at the Spring Fling ceilidh and hog roast, on Saturday 2 June. Kicking off at 7pm at Castle Douglas Town Hall, there will be music by Two Left Feet, one of the finest ceilidh bands in the land, and a bar. Tickets cost £12 for adults, or £9 for concessions, including a delicious hog roast (or vegetarian alternative), Bookings can be made via Spring Fling website (www.spring-fling.co.uk) or by contacting Spring Fling manager, Leah Black (01387 213 218, leah@spring-fling.co.uk).

Spring Fling Wine Tasting Tantalise your taste buds at the Spring Fling Wine Tasting. For the first time, in 2012 Spring Fling will host an exclusive tutored wine tasting event. Organised by Corney & Barrow (Scotland) with Whighams of Ayr (www.corneyandbarrow.com). The tasting will begin at 6.30pm and finish around 7.30pm on Sunday 3 June at The National Museum of Costume, Shambellie House, New Abbey, Dumfries - tickets will be free to Friends of Spring Fling (for details on how to become a Friend see p53) and will cost £10 per person for everyone else. Places are limited and bookings should be made by contacting Greg Reid (01292 267 000, greg.reid@corneyandbarrow.com). The wine tasting will be followed by Alan Reid’s premiere performance of ‘John Paul Jones - The Gairdner’s Son’ presented by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival at 7.30pm (see p49 for booking information).

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Spring Fling Bike Rides

Spring Fling Guided Walk

Following the popularity of this event in 2011, the 2012 Spring Fling Bike Ride will be extended to three days - Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 June. Organised by the local CTC members’ group (www.dandgcycling.org.uk) the bike rides are free (except for lunch for which there will be a café stop) and CTC welcomes all riders with a suitable safe bike. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or have signed permission. Please bring suitable clothing, waterproofs, water and snacks.

Back by popular demand - the Spring Fling Guided Walk. Organised by Galloway Holidays (www.gallowayholidays.co.uk), the guided walk will take place on Sunday 3 June and will take in the East Stewartry Coast National Scenic Area - Rockliffe, Colvend and Kippford Walk. Starting at 12.45pm from Rockliffe main car park, this seven mile easy to moderate walk terrain will cover track and road. Sturdy footwear and suitable outdoor clothing are required. The walk will visit three studios: Phillippa Sinclair - Studio 39, Christine Smith - Studio 37, John Threlfall - Studio 38.

Saturday 2 June: Discovery Ride – Tynron and Moniaive Led by Mike Gray, this is an easy-paced ride of around 22 miles for casual cyclists; all on tarmac ,with a maximum speed of around 10mph. Meet at Thornhill at 9:45am and back in Thornhill for 5pm. Lunch in Moniaive at The Green Tea Room or The Craigdarroch. Visiting six studios: Anthea Summers - Studio 54, Freda Blackwood - Studio 53, Clare Melinsky - Studio 52, Melville Brotherston - Studio 48, Silvana McLean - Studio 50, Joyce Woodcock - Studio 47.

Sunday 3 June: Sunday Ride – The Machars and Minnigaff This is a longer, faster ride of around 55miles, at a speed of around 15mph, led by Ted Norfolk; for the more experienced cyclist. Meet at Wigtown town hall at 8:45am and back in Wigtown for 5pm. Lunch in Portwilliam. Visiting five studios: Kim Ayres - Studio 06, Hope London - Studio 04, Lisa Hooper - Studio 01, Kay Ribbens Studio 02, Stewart Lammie - Studio 05.

Monday 4 June: Discovery Ride – Forest and Coast

For further details please contact Robin Hogg, Galloway Holidays, (Walking and Cycling Holidays) Castle Douglas. (01556 502979, mail@gallowayholidays.co.uk)

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival For an evening’s entertainment we heartily recommend, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival. Running from the 25 May to 5 June, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival provides a vibrant mix of music, theatre, literature, film and children’s events. With over forty events across the region there is a lot to choose from. Highlights this year include: Opera Al La Carte’s version of Cosi Fan Tutte; National Theatre of Scotland’s Strange undoing of Prudencia Hart; The Big Lit Day in Gatehouse; Alan Reid premieres new work on John Paul Jones - The Gardener’s Son; Quality concerts from Tim Kliphuis and Michael Marra; Plutot La Vie - By the seat of your pants, contemporary clowning with inventive use and abuse of furniture.

This is a ride of around 20 miles, led again by Mike Gray. With mid to medium gradients and a maximum speed of around 10mph, it would suit the casual cyclist. Meet at Kippford at 9:45am and back in Kippford for 5pm. Lunch in Dalbeattie. Visiting five studios: Christine Smith - studio 37, Phil Howard - Studio 36, Roger Lever Studio 35, Phillipa Sinclair - Studio 39, John Threlfall - Studio 38.

Look out for The Streets of Dumfries Outdoor Arts Festival. For full details see www.dgartsfest.com. To receive a free brochure email info@dgartsfestival.org.uk, or call 01387 260447.

Booking is essential. Book the Saturday and Monday rides with Mike Gray (01387 270995, grayjohnmichael@aol.com), and book the Sunday ride with Ted Norfolk (01988 700432, enorfolk552@ btinternet.com).

Please see p53 for full details on how to become a Spring Fling Friend and receive great benefits including discounts and free tickets for additional events. Concession prices are available for children aged under 18, full-time students and senior citizens (60+).

Receive Discounts

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Following on from the popular 2011 lecture series ‘Art of Place’ for 2012, The University of Glasgow’s new Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, in Dumfries, in association with Spring Fling are delighted to present ‘Looking In – Looking Out’ - a three part lecture series. Focusing on the themes of ‘Memory’, ‘Land’ and ‘Sustainability’, the series celebrates the work of artists from this region; as part of the historical artistic legacy, stimulated by its distinctive environment and culture, whilst remaining engaged with and sustaining links to the world outside. These lectures will explore the relationship between creativity and location – a key theme for the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture just as it is for Spring Fling - engaging with the reasons why, and where, artists choose to work where they do. Each evening - four artists who have participated in Spring Fling over the past ten years will speak about their work and practice; a series of art professionals from outwith the region will speak about their work and experience (speakers to be announced on www.spring-fling.co.uk from February 2012); and Dr Valentina Bold from The University of Glasgow representing The Solway Centre for Environment and Culture will lead a Q&A with the participating artists.

Memory Wednesday 18 April 2012, 6pm – 7.30pm Artists have long been drawn to Dumfries and Galloway. With a focus on Dumfries and Galloway’s artistic legacy and its continual appeal for living artists, these speakers will talk about living and working in the region, their journey towards feeling part of an artistic community, and being inspired or influenced by artwork or artists from the past. Spring Fling Speakers: Natalie Vardey – A jeweller who began her career in London, in 1979 Natalie set up her jewellery workshop on the Isle of Eigg she has now lived and worked as a jeweller in Galloway for over twenty years, and has been instrumental in promoting the arts in the region and in the growth of Spring Fling. (www.natalievardey.com)

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Will Levi-Marshall – Trained in ceramics, Will designs and installs site specific architectural projects, and has worked in the region for twenty years. He designed his award winning home and studio in Dumfries and Galloway in 2006, being granted landmark planning permission as his arts practice is an asset to the region. (www.holmstudio.com) Patti Lean – A pupil of the colourist painter Archie Sutter Watt RSW; now working with memory and flux, Patti is a painter and academic with an interest in contemporary theory and practice, and has lived and worked in Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway for over 15 years. (www.pattilean.co.uk) Elizabeth Waugh – A sculptor, Elizabeth has worked in Dumfries and Galloway for many years – her first influences from this region are from the early 1950s. When she was trained in London in the mid to late 1940s she was involved with the sculptors Moore, Epstein, Leger and Degonzac.

Land Wednesday 25 April 2012, 6pm – 7.30pm Considering land, landscape and environment, this evening will focus around such topics as; being inspired by the land and landscape, using land and landscape as integral part of the artistic process and using environment and landscape as a starting point for creating art work. Spring Fling Speakers: Angela Lawrence – The atmosphere and landscape of Finland and the British countryside has long been a source of inspiration for Angela: particularly the looming shapes and ever-changing shadows across the hills and horizons, and the mysterious and elusive landscape of Galloway and the Western Highlands. (www.cliencestudio.co.uk) Ross Fulton – Drawn to objects or places that have pattern or beauty as a result of functional design as opposed to any deliberate aesthetic choice, Ross paints in a detailed, realist style to encourage the viewer to look closely at something they would pay little attention to when encountered first hand. (www.ross fulton.com)


Jeremy Carlisle – Depicting the land not as background but as a living system that we are part of, Jeremy creates landscape paintings in-situ, not primarily as topographical paintings or ‘portraits ‘ of nature, more, the intention is to embody in the calligraphy of washes, the flow, fall and energy of nature. (www.jeremycarlisle.co.uk)

Amanda Simmons – Drawing on her biomedical sciences past life, glass artist Amanda recently exhibited at COLLECT with Craft Scotland at the Saatchi Gallery in London. A regular exhibitor at Origin, in 2010 she was awarded the Gold Award: For Innovation, Creativity and Potential to Export. (www.corsockglass.co.uk)

Silvana McLean – The public art project, ‘Voices’ based in Glentrool in 2007 led to a reconnection with the land for painter/printmaker Silvana. Recent work is a response to the stark uncompromising landscapes of Iceland and the many ideas which embody The North, from the complex geology of the coastline to its effects on people’s lives. (www.silvanamclean.co.uk)

Tickets cost £2.50 per lecture. All will be held in the RutherfordMcCowan Building at Crichton University Campus, Bankend Road, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 4ZL. For directions please visit www.glasgow.ac.uk/dumfries or call 01387 702 131. To book please contact Phillipa McNeil (01387 702 131, phillipa.mcneil@glasgow.ac.uk).

Sustainability

For further information on studying at the University of Glasgow, Dumfries, please contact Anne Waggot (01387 702026, anne. waggot@glasgow .ac.uk) and for information on the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture Dr Valentina Bold (valentina.bold@glasgow.ac.uk).

Wednesday 2 May 2012, 6pm – 7.30pm The focus of this evening is around sustainable working and the importance of visibility both within and outside the region. These artists will talk around topics such as: building and sustaining links outwith the region; collaboration and the use of new technologies; the advantages of working where they do; and will consider the challenges of being visible further afield, whilst remaining rooted in a largely rural and often remote area. Spring Fling Speakers: Morag Macpherson – Textile designer Morag worked in graphic design where she saw common links with new digital technology in textiles. Now working on a commission basis with large-scale project work with architects and interior designers. She also designs and makes her own line of limited edition digitally printed textiles for fashion and interiors. (www.moragmacpherson.com) Hope London – Trained as a lawyer in New York, visual artist Hope uses her graphic novel ‘M. Contraband Esq., Punk Lawyer’ as a medium for expressing ideas of copyright and contract law for artists, through text and drawing. Clare Melinsky – Over the last thirty years Clare’s illustrations have been used in advertising, for labels and packaging, and in editorial work for books, magazines and newspapers. She has created a series of postage stamps for Royal Mail and recently completed a set of new covers for the seven Harry Potter novels. (www.claremelinsky.co.uk)

Looking In – Looking Out: The Friday Q&A Looking In – Looking Out (LI-LO) is also a weekly online Q&A at www.spring-fling.co.uk, giving a unique insight into the studios and work of artists, makers, and designers from across the world.

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Guided Tour by Galloway Holidays

Dumfries and Galloway is well served by the railway network with train stations at: Lockerbie, Gretna, Annan, Dumfries, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Stranraer, or routes between: London, Manchester, Newcastle, Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. To find out more about travelling to Dumfries and Galloway by train, bus or ferry visit www.swestrans.org.uk

Public Transport For local pubic 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)

Other Options See Spring Fling the greener way, on a group bus tour (see p48), a guided bike ride (see p49) or a guided walk (see p49)

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Galloway Holidays, who specialise in arts and crafts breaks, will run a discounted (for Friends of Spring Fling) two day guided tour around Spring Fling studios on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June. The break includes two nights B&B in 4 star accommodation on the Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd in the Castle Douglas area, subject to availability. Extra tour days and extra nights accommodation are also available. Robin will ask if you have any specific art and craft interests and the route will be designed accordingly, as far as possible. The tour cost is £195 with a £20 discount for Friends of Spring Fling (Friends cost £175). This price includes a guide and lunch on the Saturday. Bookings should be made direct with Robin at Galloway Holidays, Tel. 01556502979 or mail@gallowayholidays.co.uk See also the Arts and Crafts section of the website www.gallowayholidays.co.uk

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

Whilst in D&G Local businesses - hotels, restaurants and shops are now offering discounts and special offers for Friends of Spring Fling. Visit ‘Whilst in D&G’ at www.spring-fling.co.uk for contact details, discounts and how to book. See page 53 to find out how to become a Friend of Spring Fling.


Our Friends scheme is blossoming and we continue to be overwhelmed by the kindness and support of our current Friends – and as they would tell you there are many benefits to becoming a Friend of Spring Fling.

Benefits All Friends Receive: • Spring Fling Friendship Card – with your Friendship number

Please sign-up in one of the following ways: • • •

Complete, cut out, and return the form (see below) and send it with a cheque (made payable to Spring Fling Open Studios) to - Spring Fling, Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ Download a form from the Spring Fling website and email, or post to the address above. Pay with a cheque or a BACS transfer (details on the website) From April 2012, sign-up and pay online – www.spring-fling.co.uk.

• An advance copy full colour Spring Fling brochure in February 2012* (UK only)

• Advance knowledge on who has been selected for Spring Fling • Regular Friends e-newsletter • Up to 20% discount and other exciting offers from over 75 Spring Fling artists at the 2012 event • Invitations to Spring Fling exhibitions and special events • 2 for 1 tickets for the Spring Fling Ceilidh and Hog Roast on Saturday 2 June 2012 • 10% discount on the Spring Fling Magical Mystery Bus Tour • Discount with Galloway Holidays ‘Weekend Art & Craft Breaks’(see p52) • A free ticket (£10 a head) for the exclusive Spring Fling wine tasting with Corney & Barrow on Sunday 3 June at The National Museum of Costume** • Discount in the Spring Fling online shop (open from March 2012) • Discounts with local hotels, restaurants and shops through ‘Whilst in D&G’ (see p52). *brochures are posted for free to Friends, we charge delivery for everyone else, and the official brochure launch is in March 2012

For Friends who join between 2-5 June the same incentives will apply. For more information please contact Spring Fling manager Leah Black leah@spring.fling.co.uk. Visitors will be able to sign up as a Friend in the artists’ studios and at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries during Spring Fling. I would like to become a Friend of Spring Fling and I enclose a cheque for the following amount (please tick the appropriate box): Friend For One Year (Individual) - £15 Friend For One Year (Family / Couple) - £25 Friend for Life (Individual) - £100 Friend for Life (Family / Couple) - £160 I would like to make an additional / alternative donation to Spring Fling Name(s) Address

** limited tickets, this will be on a first come first served basis

Postcode

Prices Friend For One Year Friend For Life

Email Individual

Couple/Family

£15

£25*

£100

£160*

Spring Fling open Studios is an artist led not-for-profit company. The information you supply is secure and will not be passed on to third parties. As a Friend of Spring Fling you will receive a welcome letter and Friendship card in the post followed by Friend of Spring Fling e-newsletters.

* Couple / Family friendship is available for 2 adults at the same address and all their children and grandchildren aged under 18. Spring Fling 2012

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phil crennell artist woodworker

exquisite, natural, live edge furniture in scottish hardwoods, commissions welcome

Visitors are welcome to visit my workshop & Gallery by appointment Auchenlosh Woodland, Dalbeattie, DG5 4PF 01387 780 558 crennell944@btinternet.com www.philcrennell.co.uk


Closeburn,Thornhill DG3 5EZ T:01848 331211 E: info@trigonyhotel.co.uk W: trigonyhotel.co.uk

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Jean Donaldson

Archie Sutter Watt RSW

Affordable Art & Sculpture in a Beautiful Location

SCOTTISH CONNECTIONS Saturday 5th May - Saturday 23rd June 2012 An exhibition featuring work by the late Jean Donaldson & Archie Sutter Watt RSW. Also includes Valerie Sadler, James Barclay, Moira Beaty, Duncan Macleod RSW, Kevan McGinty & James Somerville. Opening Times: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Open on Sunday 3rd June 47 St Mary Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DU 01557 330223 info@whitehousegallery.com

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Stop by for tea, cake and turn of the century style‌ Shambellie House New Abbey DG2 8HQ On the A710 south of Dumfries 0300 123 6789 www.nms.ac.uk/costume


CatStrand

artsfestival may 25th - JUNE 5th 2012

While your here...

Arts, Community & Visitor Centre

A unique venue in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway A year round changing programme of exhibitions

Kevan McGinty 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.

Coinciding with Spring Fling the Arts Festival offers a great range of live performance, so why not join us. n National Theatre of Scotland - The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: a unique evening of anarchic theatre, haunting folk music and strange goings-on… n Nutshell Theatre - The allotment: a feast for the sences- a tale of life, death, Pink Fir apples and the secret power of worms. Fringe First Winner 2011

High Street, New Galloway DG7 3RN info@catstrand.com • www.catstrand.com Tel: 01644 420374 The CatStrand is an operating name of Glenkens Community & Arts Trust Ltd, a Registered Scottish Charity, No. SC032050

n Twa Dugs Theatre Company-Fetch: Set in Castle Douglas, two estranged brothers come together by the grave of their dead dog. “The only problem is that they should be at their father’s funeral.” a voice of rural Scotland in Scottish theatre. n alan Reid-John Paul Jones,The Gardeners Son: The founder of the Battlefield Band presents the life and times of John Paul Jones, the Dumfriesshire born mariner. The premiere of a unique and original show.

For details and booking see www.dgartsfest.com or call 01387 253383


Pittenweem Arts Festival 30th year 2012 July 28th-August 5th

The University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Dumfries is delighted once again to support Spring Fling.

Solway Centre for Environment & Culture

Our new interdisciplinary research centre in Dumfries is a pocket of expertise in environmental and cultural studies. Specialist research themes cover rural landscape management, sustainable rural tourism, and landscape, place & memory. Extensive opportunities exist for research students and for collaboration at local, national and international level.

Study in Dumfries

We offer career-focused undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, full-time and part-time. New for 2012 we have two postgraduate courses in Environment, Culture & Communication* and Environmental Science, Technology & Society*. Other opportunities include environmental stewardship, carbon management, tourism, teacher education, health, social studies and a range of interdisciplinary research options.

John Byrne Jake Harvey Danish printmakers and 100 artists with workshops talks events www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk

www.glasgow.ac.uk/dumfries University of Glasgow, charity number SC4401 * subject to approval


28TH SEPTEMBER - 7TH OCTOBER 2012

‘ The sort of

festival people get possessive about’ The Guardian

More than 190 events for adults and children www.wigtownbookfestival.com 01988 403222 Charity No. SCO37984


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KAREN McPHAIL

HELEN TURNER PAI PPAI

Explore five exhibiting spaces and relax in our beautiful garden

Artists exhibiting during Spring Fling:

Claire Harkess RSW Ewan McClure Euan McGregor Lesley McLaren Karen McPhail - Ceramics Lara Scouller Helen Turner PAI PPAI

£20 OFF with this voucher when you spend over £100 during Spring Fling

* One voucher per customer

Open every day during including Sunday 10 am - 6 pm Normal opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

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Scottish Showcase Gallery

During the Spring Fling event pay a visit to the region’s premier showcase gallery for art and crafts from all over Scotland...

Situated by the bridge on the harbour in ‘The Artists' Town’ of Kirkcudbright, with its tall ceilings and natural light, Riverside Mills is the ideal venue for viewing works from over 100 artists. • ORIGINAL PAINTINGS • CRAFTS • OPEN & LIMITED EDITION PRINTS • FRAMING • ARTISTS’ MATERIALS

OPEN 7 Days, Mon - Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4 RIVERSIDE MILLS, BEACONSFIELD PLACE, KIRKCUDBRIGHT DG6 4DP. T: 01557 339400


Meet makers from Spring Fling and beyond at the home of Scottish craft www.craftscotland.org/fling.

Contact us: hello@craftscotland.org. 0131 4663870. Hannah McAndrew Slip Trail Humbug Jugs with Feet Image: Shannon Tofts


Management Committee Hazel Campbell - Chair Joyce Woodcock - Vice-chair & Secretary Jo Gallant - Treasurer Cathy Agnew Rebecca Coggins Phil McMenemy Heather Blanchard Hilary McElderry

Project Manager Leah Black

Admin Assistant Tonia Lu

2012 Selection Panel Hazel Campbell - Spring Fling Chair Joyce Woodcock - Spring Fling Vice-chair Vanessa Morris - Curriculum for Excellence Team Rose Watban - Senior Curator, National Museums Scotland Lynne McKenzie - Curator, RGI Kelly Gallery

Supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council The Dumfries and Gallloway LEADER Programme The Holywood Trust Creative Scotland

Thanks to Advertisers Friends

Credits

For general or press enquiries, please contact Leah Black 01387 213 218/07544 556 350 leah@spring-fling.co.uk

Bremner Design www.bremnerdesign.co.uk - Design Lesley Barnes www.cargocollective.com/lesleybarnes - Illustration Make Digital www.make-digital.co.uk - Web Developer DEKO www.deko.co.uk - Mobile App Developer

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Spring Fling participants by discipline: Ceramics

Painting, Drawing, Mixed media

Photography

Andrew Adair (Studio 61, p38) Lauren Gray (Studio 63 p39) Hannah McAndrew (Studio 26 p18) Andy Priestman (Studio 03 p06) Christine Smith (Studio 37 p24) Anthea Summers (Studio 54 p33) Clare and Simon Dawdry (Studio 45 p29)

Jennie Ashmore (Studio 23 p17) Maggie Ayres (Studio 15 p12) Ailsa Black (Studio 65 p40) Lettie Blackett (studio 67 p41) Freda Blackwood (Studio 53 p33) Jane Blair (Studio 51 p32) Leo Blamire (Studio 32 p21) Heather Blanchard (Studio 71 p43) Melville Brotherston (Studio 48 p30) Keith Brown (Studio 69 p42) Anne Butler (Studio 57 p35) Hazel Campbell (Studio 27 p19) Sherry Campion (Studio 25 p18) Malcolm Davies (Studio 42 p27) Julie Dumbarton (Studio 75 p45) Ross Fulton (Studio 18 p13) Pamela Grace (Studio 44 p28) Bella Green (Studio 72 p43) Victor Henderson (Studio 55 p34) Stephen Higginson (Studio 64 p39) Stewart Lammie (Studio 05 p07) Angela Lawrence (Studio 31 p21) Patti Lean (Studio 59 p37) Val Macadam (Studio 66 p40) Linda Mallett (Studio 21 p15) Hilary McElderry (Studio 34 p22) Kevan McGinty (Studio 11 p10) Andrew McKean (Studio 10 p09) Silvana McLean (Studio 50 p31) Dougie Muego (Studio 68 p41) Janet O’Donnell (Studio 28 p19) Andy Priestman (Studio 03 p06) Alison Proudlock (Studio 58 p35) Maggie Savage (Studio 46 p29) Philippa Sinclair (Studio 39 p25) Suzanne Stuart-Davies (Studio 43 p28) Claire Sutherland (Studio 70 p42) John Threlfall (Studio 38 p24) Margaret Walty (Studio 74 p44) Amy Winstanley (Studio 62 p38)

Kim Ayres (Studio 06 p07) Leeming and Paterson (Studio 49 p31) Roger Lever (Studio 35 p23) Phil McMenemy (Studio 12 p10) Simon Robinson (Studio 33 p22)

Furniture Ian Cameron-Smith (Studio 17 p13) Daniel Lacey (Studio 76 p45)

Gilding Nancy Chinnery (Studio 73 p44)

Glass Cressa McLaren (Studio 19 p14) Amanda Simmons (Studio 41 p27)

Hats Kay Ribbens (Studio 02 p05)

Illustration Hope London (Studio 04 p06) Val Macadam (Studio 66 p40) Clare Melinsky (Studio 52 p32)

Installation Sally Hogarth (Studio 09 p09)

Jewellery Janet O’Donnell (Studio 28 p19) Alison Macleod (Studio 60 p37) Natalie Vardey (Studio 30 p20)

Mosaic Kate Anderson (Studio 22 p15)

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Printmaking Leo Blamire (Studio 32 p21) Claire Cameron-Smith (Studio 16 p12) Malcolm Davies (Studio 42 p27) Lisa Hooper (Studio 01 p05) Linda Mallett (Studio 21 p15) Clare Melinsky (Studio 52 p32) Silvana McLean (Studio 50 p31) Jennifer Smith (Studio 07 p08)

Sculpture Trevor Leat (Studio 29 p20) Max Nowell (Studio 56 p34) Urpu Sellar (Studio 24 p17)

Textiles Maggie Ayres (Studio 15 p12) Coral Beattie (Studio 08 p08) Jo Gallant (Studio 13 p11) Morag Macpherson (Studio 20 p14) Janet O’Donnell (Studio 28 p19) Kay Ribbens (Studio 02 p05) Joyce Woodcock (Studio 47 p30)

Willow Trevor Leat (Studio 29 p20)

Wood Ian Cameron-Smith (Studio 17 p13) Connor Gillan (Studio 14 p11) Phil Howard (Studio 36 p23) Daniel Lacey (Studio 76 p45)

Public Art Alice Francis - Couch (p25)


Spring Fling participants alphabetically: A–B

G–H

N–R

Andrew Adair (Studio 61 p38) Kate Anderson (Studio 22 p15) Jennie Ashmore (Studio 23 p17) Kim Ayres (Studio 06 p07) Maggie Ayres (Studio 15 p12) Coral Beattie (Studio 08 p08) Ailsa Black (Studio 65 p40) Lettie Blackett (studio 67 p41) Freda Blackwood (Studio 53 p33) Jane Blair (Studio 51 p32) Leo Blamire (Studio 32 p21) Heather Blanchard (Studio 71 p43) Melville Brotherston (Studio 48 p30) Keith Brown (Studio 69 p42) Anne Butler (Studio 57 p35)

Jo Gallant (Studio 13 p11) Connor Gillan (Studio 14 p11) Pamela Grace (Studio 44 p28) Lauren Gray (Studio 63 p39) Bella Green (Studio 72 p43) Victor Henderson (Studio 55 p34) Stephen Higginson (Studio 64 p39) Sally Hogarth (Studio 09 p09) Lisa Hooper (Studio 01 p05) Phil Howard (Studio 36 p23)

Max Nowell (Studio 56 p34) Janet O’Donnell (Studio 28 p19) Leeming and Paterson (Studio 49 p31) Andy Priestman (Studio 03 p06) Alison Proudlock (Studio 58 p35) Kay Ribbens (Studio 02 p05) Simon Robinson (Studio 33 p22)

C–F Ian Cameron-Smith (Studio 17 p13) Claire Cameron-Smith (Studio 16 p12) Hazel Campbell (Studio 27 p19) Sherry Campion (Studio 25 p18) Nancy Chinnery (Studio 73 p44) Malcolm Davies (Studio 42 p27) Clare and Simon Dawdry (Studio 45 p29) Julie Dumbarton (Studio 75 p45) Alice Francis - Couch (Public Art p25) Ross Fulton (Studio 18 p13)

I–L Daniel Lacey (Studio 76 p45) Stewart Lammie (Studio 05 p07) Angela Lawrence (Studio 31 p21) Patti Lean (Studio 59 p37) Trevor Leat (Studio 29 p20) Leeming and Paterson (Studio 49 p31) Roger Lever (Studio 35 p23) Hope London (Studio 04 p06)

M Val Macadam (Studio 66 p40) Alison Macleod (Studio 60 p37) Morag Macpherson (Studio 20 p14) Linda Mallett (Studio 21 p15) Hannah McAndrew (Studio 26 p18) Hilary McElderry (Studio 34 p22) Kevan McGinty (Studio 11 p10) Andrew McKean (Studio 10 p09) Cressa McLaren (Studio 19 p14) Silvana McLean (Studio 50 p31) Phil McMenemy (Studio 12 p10) Clare Melinsky (Studio 52 p32) Dougie Muego (Studio 68 p41)

S–Z Maggie Savage (Studio 46 p29) Urpu Sellar (Studio 24 p17) Amanda Simmons (Studio 41 p27) Philippa Sinclair (Studio 39 p25) Jennifer Smith (Studio 07 p08) Christine Smith (Studio 37 p24) Suzanne Stuart-Davies (Studio 43 p28) Anthea Summers (Studio 54 p33) Claire Sutherland (Studio 70 p42) John Threlfall (Studio 38 p24) Natalie Vardey (Studio 30 p20) Margaret Walty (Studio 74 p44) Amy Winstanley (Studio 62 p38) Joyce Woodcock (Studio 47 p30)


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