Curtain up on the 90th
Kathleen Woods, the society's chairman, pictured with our new president, Davy Brown, and Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell, who declared the 90th annual exhibition open at the preview night at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, on Friday July 14.
Above, and right - Viewing some of the 229 art and craft items selected for the show by this year's panel: Hazel Campbell, Fiona Robertson,
Sheena McCurrach, Steven Burnie and Alex Girdwood. To mark the occasion of the 90th "annual" the society has conferred honorary life membership on former presidents Alexander and Margaret Robb, Freida Dyson, Hazel Campbell and Melville Brotherston.
Addressing the preview audience, Davy Brown deplored the trend towards lessening the place of art and music in education, and emphasised the economic advantage that art could bring to a region. He congratulated members on their commitment and passion for art evident in the show.
Past and Present
Gracefield has mounted a complementary exhibition drawing on work by prominent members of the society in its 95-year history. The must-see show in Gallery 2 at Gracefield features paintings by such famous names as Hornel, Cadell, and Peploe. The section pictured here includes work by Oppenheimer, Hazel Campbell and Melville Brotherston - who celebrates his 75th birthday this year and whose work is specially featured.