Guests at the 90th anniversary dinner
Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society is one of the oldest art societies in the country and perhaps one of the most fortunate in its founders. Amongst its founding members in 1922, were Jessie M. King, her husband E. A. Taylor, and Chris J. Fergusson. Early members included E.A. Hornel and Charles Oppenheimer and our records show that F.C.B. Cadell and Katherine Cameron were regular exhibitors in the 1920s.
In 2012 the society celebrated its 90th year with a dinner at which Jim Henderson, a grandson of Chris Fergusson was the speaker. Many of her paintings, some of which had not been seen in public before, were exhibited for the guests.
In addition to the selected annual exhibition, the society arranges two unselected exhibitions for its members - one at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary from November to January, and an exhibition at Castle Douglas in the spring. In addition in 2014 the society mounted a show at the Hullabaloo restaurant in the Burns Centre, Dumfries.
Each year, the society arranges a winter programme of demonstrations and workshops given by professional artists, and a summer programme of workshops in different media. Our members include amateurs of all levels, and non-painters who enjoy the talks and demonstrations, as well as many professional artists. We are delighted to welcome new members at any time of year, and the subscription for those joining after October 1st annually will be applied to the following year. If you are interested in joining you can download the application form from the link opposite.
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