Kate Mink: Nostomania 

Until July 2nd

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 is at the heart of Kate’s exhibition at Tosh.

The following gallery shows pieces that are still available to see and purchase at Tosh.

Kate says:  

 “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. 

The exhibition Nostomania continues at Thomas Tosh until July 2nd.

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 have already sold; a number are still available to see at Tosh thanks to their owner's loan.


Sign up to our newsletter at the end of this page for all the latest  news on our upcoming events in 2017. Below are some highlights from the past couple of years. 


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.

 Denise explains: 

“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.


Previous Exhibitions


Glencairn Quilters Exhibition | Ended run 10th October. Handcrafted quilts made here in Nithsdale by the Glencairn Quilters. The Group made a special quilt thas raffled for charity. That quilt is on show too.


Thornhill Arts Summer Competition 2015: Ended run 26th June. Over 40 entrants showed their enthusiasm and talent in this year's show. Local artist Victor Henderson judged the winners. And they were: Category A (aged 6-11:years): Lucy Robson. Category B (aged 12-16) Katelynn Sneddon. Category C (adults): Margaret S Milligan. Congratulations.


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