Cut the Mustard Gallery in Langholm is currently hosting their summer exhibition entitled ‘Scape‘ – town, land and sea. A variety of work is on show including paintings, pottery, glass, textiles and photography.
Dumfriesshire based artist Val Macadam has been working on several town and village scapes in the region. ‘Annan’, the latest of her townscape drawings is on show as part of the ‘Scape’ exhibition.
Val says, “in many ways it was the most challenging as I was less familiar with the area.” Val soon discovered though, through a combination of fact-finding visits and a shout-out on Facebook for some local input, that the town had a fascinating history and many grand and interesting features.
“It was a pleasure drawing such distinctive buildings as the Museum and the recently restored Bridge House as well as details like the Annandale Distillery which at the time was under development but is now fully restored.”
Val often likes to add wee personal details too, like the campervan on the M8 and you can usually find a black and a ginger cat hidden somewhere! There has been a humorous thread running through her work dating back to projects at Edinburgh College of Art and that continued in work for DC Thomson magazines like Jackie but more specifically in Catch where, among other editorial and short story illustrations, she had a cartoon strip, ‘Just Janey’, and also in Shout Magazine where she illustrated readers ‘Embarrassing Moments’!
Having relocated to Dumfries and Galloway in 1999 and having spent most of her school life here, she was lucky enough to be commissioned by the local Council for several projects relating to activities in the town. This took her down the funky building and quirky townscape road to personalised drawings where she put her own ’slant’ on our local landmarks and much loved homes!
Other artists and makers that have their work on show as part of the Scape exhibition are Diana de Gruyther, Amanda Philips, Siobhan O’Hehrir , Barry Young, Pamela Grace, Ceri Allen, Ann Smith , Thomas Petit and Peter Wareing to name but a few. Their work has been inspired by land, sea and town scapes. Each artist interpreting their own vision of the world around us, using different techniques and mediums.
The ‘Scape’ exhibition runs until the 4th August at Cut the Mustard Gallery located at 54-56 High Street , Langholm and is open Tuesday- Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am-5.30pm
For more details about the exhibition please contact the gallery on 013873 81180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org