The Centenary Exhibition of work by members of the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Art Society at Kirkcudbright Galleries celebrates a century of artistic endeavour by current members of one of Scotland’s longest-established art societies in the artists’ colony where most of its founding members lived and worked.
An artists’ town still, Kirkcudbright was home to such distinguished artists as Charles Oppenheimer, Edward Atkinson Hornel and Jessie M King. Their first exhibition in 1922 attracted entries from a plethora of Scottish artistic talent, including painters who came to be known as the Scottish Colourists such as Samuel J Peploe and Francis Cadell. There has been an annual exhibition every year since, with the exception of 1941 to 1945, when the second world war was raging. This latest exhibition is not so much a look back as a celebration of the artistic talents of the present membership of both professional and amateur artists.