Twentieth Spring Fling Announced for June

Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley, 'Earthlight', ceramic and projected digital drawing
Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley, 'Earthlight', ceramic and projected digital drawing

Title:
Spring Fling

From: 2 Jun 2022

To: 5 Jun 2022

Dumfries & Galloway

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Dumfries & Galloway’s open studios event Spring Fling has reached twenty years old; 2022’s edition will feature 96 studios, including several new to the event, spanning four days in June. Marking the anniversary, there will be new commissions, a print programme, and the launch of a Spring Fling virtual studios.

A special Creative Bursary is supporting Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley to develop their experimental collaboration, Earthlight (pictured), which will be on display at Gracefield Arts Centre. A special exhibition, Spring Fling at 20, will be showing at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries, 28th May – 2nd July, and an online programme is now available. Further marking the 20th anniversary, printmaker Sarah Stewart has been presented a Design Commission, and a selling exhibition in partnership with Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory will take place 14th – 24th July.

To help visitors get around as many studios as possible, there are bus tours available, so the car can be left behind.

Kate Bentley, 'Autumn's Breath', oil on panel
Kate Bentley, ‘Autumn’s Breath’, oil on panel

A new exhibitor this year is Kate Bentley SWA of Barnhourie Farm, Sandyhills (Venue 56), a traditional painter by nature who was artist-in-residence at John Ruskin’s home, Brantwood in Cumbria. A mix of both kinds of work will be on view during Spring Fling along with some work in progress. Private appointments are also welcome.

Angela Lawrence, 'Catching the Sunlight at Kippford', oil
Angela Lawrence, ‘Catching the Sunlight at Kippford’, oil

From a Spring Fling newcomer to a veteran: artist and gallery owner Angela Lawrence of Clience Studio in Castle Douglas (Venue 38) is taking part for the 19th year. She will be featuring a group of dusk or moonlit oils with an air of mystery about them as well as a dozen watercolours, her popular Galloway seascapes with their emphasis on light and mood and some small Hebridean paintings. You can also buy her 2023 Galloway Landscapes calendar and enter a competition to win a print.

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