Jun 1 2012 by Sara Bain, Dumfries Standard Friday
SEVENTY six of the region’s finest artists and craftmakers are throwing open their doors to the public over the weekend during a special anniversary of a highly successful annual arts event.
As Spring Fling celebrates a decade of prosperity, public interest has been overwhelming with many of its linked events sold out and an increase of 10,000 website hits on last year.
Participants range from painters and potters to photographers and jewellers.
The one thing they have in common is that they had to pass a rigorous selection process to take part.
Once again, the Spring Fling is divided into four routes across the region where visitors can travel from studio to studio and find many attractions and things to do along the way.
The colourful paintings of Anne Butler in Durisdeer; watercolours by Victor Henderson in Carronbridge; photogrpahy by Moniaive-based husband and wife team Ted Leeming and Morag Paterson; Auldgirth sculptor Max Nowell; glassware by Amanda Simmons of Corsock; atmospheric canvasses by Jain Blair or Tynron; printmaking by Clare Melinski; and beautiful ceramics by Anthea Summers.
Paintings by Waterbeck’s Heather Blanchard, Keith Brown in Caerlaverock and Julie Dumbarton, Langholm; gilding by Nancy Chinnery in Langholm; furniture making by Daniel Lacey of Langholm, jewellery from Newtonaird’s Alison MacLeod ; watercolours and drawings by Claire Sutherland of Annan.
Paintings by Leo Blamire and Angela Lawrence, who both have studios in Castle Douglas; photography by Roger Lever, of Dalbeattie, and Simon Robinson, of Castle Douglas; pottery by Hannah McAndrew in Kelton; the fabric drawings of Hilary McElderry of Clarebrand; prints by Wigtown’s Jennifer Smith; and delicate designs by Auchencairn jeweller Natalie Vardey.
Mosaics by Tongland’s Kate Anderson; Kim Ayres, a Wigtown photographer; Kirkcudbright painter Ross Fulton; Lisa Hooper, based in Port William, making prints and batik; Stewart Lammie, Minnigaff painter; photography from Phil McMenemy in Laurieston; textiles from Morag Macpherson, Kirkcudbright; pottery by Andy Priestman, Newton Stewart; more colourful textiles by Kay Ribbens in Kirkcowan.
Accompanying the four-day festival, which starts tomorrow and ends on Tuesday, are a number of linked events including Beer + Blethers at Sulwarth Brewery, Castle Douglas; a ceilidh and hog roast in Castle Douglas town hall tomorrow; wine tasting at Shambellie House; bike rides; guided walks; and plenty of exhibitions. For more information, visit www.spring-fling.co.uk or for a round-up visit the entertainments section of our website at www.dgstandard.co.uk.