Kirkcudbright’s Harbour Cottage Gallery To Host Mixed Media Exhibition

Three friends have taken very different routes to their first shared exhibition, Mixed Media, at the Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright, 31st August – 6 September.

Michelle Bennett Oates started out apprenticed to her father, internationally renowned flower painter Bennett Oates. Elected to the Society of Wildlife Artists in 1983, Michelle has exhibited regularly at the Mall Galleries and Tryon & Moorland Gallery, Cork Street, London. Michelle and her husband moved from Devon, where she continues to exhibit, to Galloway in 2010. Current work includes still life, Scottish landscapes and wildlife paintings in oil.

Wigtownshire based Mary Gladstone may be a name synonymous with landscape architecture and garden design, but since 2016 she has shared her creative energy with potting. Mary’s ceramics have found many fans, featuring in World of Interiors in 2020 and 2021. Work ranges from functional tableware to sizeable platters decorated with iconic local birds and beasts. Mary works with a range of different clays, commercial and studio-made glazes and different firing techniques, selling on line and working on commissions.

Until recently Flora McDowall worked as frame conservator and gilder for a leading Edinburgh art dealership. After returning to Kirkcudbright Flora found she missed being in the workshop and decided to experiment with making instead of restoring. The result is a small collection of stylised animals and birds made from wire and paper. She is showing work for the first time.

Mixed Media, The Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright

Open 31 August (Tuesday) – 6 September (Monday) from 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

For further information please contact:

Michelle Bennett Oates 01557 814 182 or 07787 345 717

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