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Lucy Hadley | Scottish Adventures
Until 3rd September
Galloway-based Lucy Hadley’s love of the Scottish outdoors inspired her exhibition at Thomas Tosh in Thornhill, which ran until Sunday 3rd September.
Lucy has created images from oil rigs up in the Cromarty Firth, to the Southerness lighthouse down here on the Solway Coast. “I just love being outside and exploring new places. I always have my camera and sketch pad with me.”
Lucy combines line drawing, inking and computer technology to produce high quality prints inspired by her Scottish adventures.
Some settings are directly recognisable, while other scenes are more interpretative.
“Some images are straight from my sketchbook; so you’d recognise Crail in the North East if you’d been there.
While if you go to Bruichladdich on Islay on the west coast, you’d spot a wee pier. It won’t look exactly like the pier in my illustration, but there are similarities. It’s just I’ve added my own personality.”
Lucy, whose love of all things outdoors also extends to her work as a ranger at Galloway Forest, will be exhibiting some of her favourite works and will also be launching limited edition prints for the first time.
“These new limited editions are inspired by walks I have enjoyed in the Durisdeer area near Thornhill and I hope to add to this collection during my six week exhibition at Thomas Tosh.”
Lucy studied Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Cumbria and graduated with a First Class BA (hons) degree.
Kate Mink: Nostomania
Californian-based artist Kate Mink made the trip back to her homeland of Dumfriesshire especially for this year’s Spring Fling and her new exhibition at Thomas Tosh, her most successful to date.
Kate has lived in the US for 20 years but grew up in Nithsdale and was educated at Wallace Hall Academy in Thornhill.
And the theme of ‘home’ and longing for the comfort it represents was at the heart of Kate’s exhibition that ran from the 27th May to the 2nd July.
The following gallery shows pieces that are still available to view on request and purchase.
“I’ve called my exhibition: Nostomania. It means an overwhelming desire to come home. I’ve created new work for my beloved homeland, the memories of which are such an important part of me.”
Kate uses the technique of encaustic painting. She carefully places found images and materials including old photos between layers of bees wax, resin and pigments. The wax process gives her work a warm hued look. And the old photos and materials give a sense of memories stretching back to past eras.
During Spring Fling, Kate had a special pop-up studio upstairs, showing visitors how she created her work, and the different media she used.
Kate was part of the Springback scheme of Spring Fling through which artists who have a connection to Dumfries and Gallloway but don’t live here are invited to take part.
Kate is now living in the San Francisco Bay area with her family. She has an American born son and daughter. She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art.
In the gallery below you can see works that sold.
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A Stitch in Time 2016
Celebrating 20 years of the Thornhill Wallhanging.
The Thornhill textile wall hanging that was created by local people at the end of the last century celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. And to celebrate, mid-Nithsdale based artist Denise Zygadlo curated a special exhibition Stitch in Time 2016 and associated events at Thomas Tosh.
Denise originally organised the creation of the hanging as part of the ‘Stitch in Time’ project, backed by the then Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association (DGAA) in 1995.
Many Thornhill people, old and young alike, came together and using techniques of appliqué, embroidery and quilting produced the hanging.
Denise formed the basic design from historical records and photographs. Volunteers then started work on individual sections of the community project. The names of many of the contributors are sewn around the edge of the wall hanging.
“This wall hanging incorporates a fantastic collection of local memories and is both a snapshot of life in Thornhill at the end of the 1990s and a record of the village’s deeper history. Already in the space of two decades, there have been many changes in Thornhill that mean the wall hanging continues to be a valuable record of village’s past. But there’s also lots of continuity too.”
You can watch the slide show from the exhibition below.
Small World Exhibition | until Saturday 31st October 2015
Thomas Tosh’s autumn 2015 exhibition in Thornhill was small and perfectly formed. Small World featured loans from the miniatures collections held by Jane Murray-Flutter, Dorothy Gault and Dorothy Hill, respectively.
Everything from classic furniture to cutlery, chandeliers to Charlie Chaplin have been reduced in scale by talented miniaturists whose work has been acquired by the three Nithsdale-based collectors. Visitors marvelled at the perfect precision on show from kitchen scenes to French high court glamour.
The exhibition also featured tiny letters received by Jane Murray-Flutter’s late mother, the famous writer Rumer Godden, from Tasha Tudor, who illustrated Rumer’s classic book: The Doll’s House. Tasha created an imaginary correspondence between the characters in Rumer’s story and her own collection of dolls.