Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

The arts site for south west Scotland

Annual Show No.93
now on view

The society's virtual annual show has been visited more than 1600 times since it went online on July 1st. It is the first time since 1945 that the annual show has not been held in a gallery.

"Our thanks go to over 40 members who have contributed more than 120 items, showing determination not to let coronavirus defeat us," says chairman Kathleen Woods.

"We hope it won't be long before we can return to normal gallery exhibitions, but meanwhile there is much here to enjoy".

Click on the Gallery link above to enter the virtual show. It is in two parts, the first exhibiting oil, acrylic and watercolour

paintings, crafts and sculpture, and digital media (an experimental addition to our usual categories). The second part contains mixed media and pastels, drawings and prints. Viewers can watch a slideshow of the entries or click on a thumbnail to view a particular image.

Although the society does not handle sales directly, enquiries from would-be purchasers should be emailed here for forwarding to the artists concerned.

Do you have a favourite exhibit? If so, please let us know by emailing the website editor with Favourite in the subject line. We would be interested to have viewers' reactions to the show and the online format, for future reference - again, please email the website editor.

Happy viewing!

Victor Henderson

Members will be saddened to learn of the death of Victor Henderson on July 22. He had been ill for some time.

Victor led a number of workshops for the society, the most recent in June last year, at which members were encouraged to develop some of the spontaneity and inventiveness of his work.

Victor went to Glasgow School of Art in 1965 but left after the third term and pursued a career in the NHS in mental health. He retired in 2007 as honorary psychotherapist with the Lansdowne clinic in Glasgow, and as lecturer in the health faculty of Glasgow Caledonian University. He had painted more often as he neared retirement and began exhibiting successfully.

He described his colour palette as "high, bright and discordant", and his drawing and brushwork as "loose and intuitive".

Victor's lively watercolours and collages were often achieved by deliberately taking advantage of runs, bleeding wet in wet and wet on dry. Participants in a workshop at his Drumlanrig studio will recall that he was not above taking a hose to partially wash out a work in progress.

DAGFAS chairman Kathleen Woods said: "Victor was a lovely person and added lots of fun to his demonstrations and workshops. He will be greatly missed in the community."


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