Galleries - August 2011

Dundas Street from 15 to 27 August. Using the 25 theme director Jane Houldsworth has chosen that number of paintings from leading lights of the gallery stable – such as Shona Barr, Stephen Mangan, Anthony Scullion and Ethel Walker. AA GO WEST If bursting bustling festival Edinburgh complete with migraine inducing city centre bagpipes, corner stilt walkers and unintelligible on-street student plays begins to sap your energy, there is only one thing to do – head west. For the beauty and peace to be found there provides cooling balm to the artistic soul. Luckily there are galleries showing Scottish artistic talent at its best. Crinan, Argyll is an unspoilt coastal marine village where the Crinan Hotel and Art Gallery owned by artist Frances MacDonald continued page 16 increase public and critical interest in his art. I recommend a visit to the Union Gallery to enjoy its friendly atmosphere and be enthralled by the visual delights on its walls. Bill Hare 97 & 25 For its Festival show the Anthony Woodd Gallery in Dundas Street focuses on the landscapes of William Miller Frazer RSA, who died in 1961 at the age of 97 after a career that included a remarkable 78 consecutive years of exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy. His landscape scenes range from East Lothian and Perthshire to the English Fens and Venice, his Scottish works capturing the quotidian intimacy of country life rather than dramatic vistas. Ex-pat Chelsea gallery Flying Colours returns once again to the city of its birth with a show to mark its 25th anniversary, at 6a UNION FLAGGED In yet another period of economic stagnation and general tightening of belts – when the making and purchasing of art is usually the first to suffer – it is a pleasant change to report on a young gallery, not only quickly establishing a distinctive presence on the Scottish art scene, but having the courage to build on its initial successes with even more ambitious exhibitions. Such is the Union Gallery which is about to mount its most important event with an Edinburgh Festival exhibition (from 5 August) of new paintings by the highly acclaimed Philip Braham. Over the last two decades Braham has consolidated his early promise as a painter with a particular vision of contemporary landscape. His recent intensely worked pictures, with their uncanny aura and intense stillness, will surely ABERDEEN MUSIC HALL Saturday 13 August 9.30am-4pm Sunday 14 August 10am-4pm * GALLERIES *ARTISTS * LECTURES * ART CLUB FOR 5-10 YEAR OLDS 2 MILLION POUNDS OF ART FOR 3 POUNDS