Cut The Mustard, 54-56 High St, Langholm
Running until March 29
The creative capability becomes immediately apparent entering Cut The Mustard Gallery, Langholm, Scottish Borders. Owners Lisa, jewellery designer, and photographer husband Barry Young have expertly curated this Spring Exhibition, which commenced February 12.
At a glance, splashes of colour and soft lights sparkle, as the modern ambience invites you to discover paintings, pottery, glass, ceramics, bronze and wooden creations. This exhibition would justify a path of yellow bricks to follow, but no wicked witches or red shoes here, just a marvellous exhibition of splendid work.
You are immediately drawn to a large painting of a seascape by Berwickshire artists, Amanda Phillips, that radiates power of movement and colour. Acrylic on canvas ‘Coastal Front’ portrays exactly that and the longer you admire it, the easier it is to imagine a swirl of tide and constant splashes on rocks becoming a reality.
In contrast, this work was straddled by two intriguing landscapes showing skilled use of pen and soft water colour by Pamela Grace. ‘Summer Verge’ and ‘Allotment Gate’ leave you breathless and demand your lasting attention to discover intricate details.
Regular gallery visitor Alison McCulloch from Langholm, praised the owners for working so hard to champion the creativity of artists in the area, saying “The exhibition offers something for everyone, the gallery is a real asset to the town.”
Alongside a superb medley of paintings and beautiful photography, is the quirky, ceramic ‘Boxing Hares’ by Vicky Yates; a watercolour of a sheep called ‘Scruffy’ by Becca Fielding that you must discover and works by Tom Petit, from his lovely ‘Moorland’ collection of heather-coloured glass to be admired. In addition, various nooks and crannies display the simply stylish glass work of Saunders Wallace.