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Monday, 14 March 2011

Gallery round-up (published in The Herald 12/3/11)

Little Paintings Help Hansel Grow
Lochgreen House Hotel, Monktonhill Road, Southwood, Troon
01292 313343
Until Wed Mar 16
Art appreciation and collection comes in all shapes and forms these days and charity art sales are a growing sector of the market for anyone interested in buying the work of contemporary artists.
For the third year in a row, Little Paintings Help Hansel Grow, is offering small paintings for sale by some of Scotland’s most sought-after artists in the agreeable setting of Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon. All the paintings are framed and each one costs £300.
Artists taking part this year include, Helen M. Turner, Alan King, James S. Davis, Graham McKean, Catriona Campbell, Frank Colclough, Lin Pattullo, Joe P. McLaughlin and Peter Nardini.
The sale started yesterday (Friday) and lasts until Wednesday. All the paintings will remain in situ until Wednesday, with buyers picking their purchase up on Thursday.
All monies raised will go directly to the Hansel Foundation of Symington, Ayrshire, which celebrates its 50th year in 2012. The primary aim of Hansel Village is to help and support people with disabilities have a future that is interesting, meaningful and fulfilling
According to Ayrshire-based artist Graham McKean, sales such as this one offer a lifeline to charities such as Hansel. 
“In today's financial climate I appreciate the difficulties for organisations such as Hansel to maintain and raise new funding throughout the year from events such as this one, which is  an incredibly well organised event. It not only gives the artists their required materials and framing, but also offers an opportunity to buy top quality art for only a few hundred pounds.
“As the canvas Hansel supply is a uniform size and not too large I always try to make the image as powerful as possible to give maximum strength and impact to the painting. My contribution, Bright City Lights, depicts the hard working wee man striding through the rain soaked city streets going either to or from his place of work.”
The Paintings of Ewen McAslan
Hidden Lane Gallery, 
1081 Argyle Street, Glasgow
0141 204 3139
March 16-April 16

The Hidden Lane Gallery is owned and run by Joe Mulholland, who has developed the nearby Hidden Lane complex at 1103 Argyle Street.
This buzzing hub for artists, musicians, designers, jewellery makers, writers, publishers and more, has been slowly making its mark on the creative scene in Glasgow over the last few years.
Last year, Mulholland presented two exhibitions of work by two unsung Glasgow artists of the early 20th century, photographer Margaret Watkins and Hannah Frank. Now, he is preparing to launch a new year of exhibition programming with an exhibition devoted to the work of the late Ewen McAslan.
McAslan, who died in late 2008, was a founder member of the Glasgow Group, a groundbreaking collective of Glasgow School of Art graduates who started showing their work together as a reaction to the art institutions of the day in 1958.
One of the original founder members of the Young Glasgow Group, as it was originally known, was Alasdair Gray and it was Gray who first brought the idea of an exhibition of his old friend’s work to Mulholland last year.
Mulholland admits to being stunned by the beauty of the 100 or so images which first landed on his desk electronically, sent by McAslan’s artist wife Isobel. “I then made several journeys through to Pitenweem in Fife with Alasdair to see the work in the flesh,” he says. “And it didn’t disappoint.”
A mix of landscapes and figurative work, much of it created in Canada, where the McAslans lived for several decades, these paintings reveal McAslan as a beautifully expressive painter whose solitary figures and brooding mountains mine a rich seam of the inner imaginative existence. Sure, yet fluid lines combine with a poetic vision in the most affecting way. The exhibition will be opened by Alasdair Gray at 5.30pm on Wednesday night.

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