Local artists put forward their ‘Points of View’

"Collscape" by Alasdair J. Graham.
"Collscape" by Alasdair J. Graham.

Paintings by the late Alasdair J. Graham, formerly Principal Teacher of Art and Design at Berwickshire High School, will be on display in a new exhibition by the Border Landscape Artists Group which will be staged in Kelso’s Town House from August 5-13.

Alasdair was an original member of the group, which was formed in 1997, when a number of artist friends who shared a passion for portraying the beauty of our region’s landscape got together to hold their first exhibition in Old Gala House.

Since that time they have held many successful group shows in galleries around the country, but this is their first since 2010.

Alasdair, who sadly passed away last year, painted with skill in a wide variety of media, and found great inspiration not only in the local landscape, but also among the glorious scenery of the Western Isles, his favourite holiday location.

Also exhibiting is Tom Davidson of Earlston, who is well known in the Borders, and beyond, for his quite amazing mastery of the lino-cut, as well as his painting.

Other members of the group are Andrew Binnie, another retired teacher who was Principal Teacher of Art at Earlston High School. Andrew paints mainly in oils, and prefers whenever possible to work “on the spot” in front of nature; Jimmy Fleming, of Kelso, was previously Curriculum Head at Jedburgh Grammar School, and paints mainly in the difficult medium of water-colour. His work celebrates the local landscape in all its wonderful variety; John Martin of St Boswells came to the Borders as a graphic designer, and eventually was responsible for the striking “Reiver” design which is the official logo of the Scottish Borders.

The title of the exhibition is “Points of View” illustrating the fact that all of these experienced artists take inspiration from the same subject-matter, but each one brings his unique interpretation to the task, resulting in a remarkable variety of styles ensuring a veritable feast for the eyes.

The exhibition, in Kelso Town House, opens to the public on Friday, August 5, and ends on August 13 (closed on Sundays), from 10am–12.30pm and 2-5pm.

Most pictures are for sale and admission is free.