After the show...
The society's virtual annual show has now ended, with a total visitor tally of 2,183 - considerably more viewers than a "real" show at Gracefield, Dumfries, would have received.
Though most of the works shown on line were for sale, there were few buyers that we know of (some artists may have been approached directly, however).
In place of the virtual show on the Gallery page, we pay tribute to the late Melville Brotherston, a fine artist and stalwart of the society, who died in April.
A return to normal exhibition conditions does not appear to be on the cards just yet, but your council members are looking at the options for some sort of Christmas show - and
we have booked the Harbour Cottage Gallery in Kirkcudbright for April 18 to May 1, 2021.
Meanwhile, some of the the region's galleries are beginning to open up again. The Kirkcudbright Galleries are showing a solo exhibition of work by Ewan McClure (who has demonstrated his painterly skills to members).
The exhibition runs until November 15 and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4.15pm - but you must book a viewing slot in advance. The galleries' cafe has reopened and is open from 10am to 4pm.
Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries has partially reopened with an exhibition called Human Machines, until September 19. It is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, but advance booking is essential. The cafe and craft shop have also reopened.
Your virtual summer
How was it for you? Tell us how you have been coping with the coronavirus lockdown and how it has affected your artistic endeavours. Has your creativity increased - or has the lack of exhibiting opportunities had the opposite effect? Has the pandemic become reflected in your art in some way, or have you sought a lighter approach instead. We would love to hear from you - email the editor with your experiences (and your images, if you wish).