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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Summer festival

Jeremy Suter conducts the Abbey Singers in  a performance for Carlisle International Summer Festival, which starts on Saturday

LANGHOLM and district art club hosts its annual summer exhibition in the town hall gallery in Langholm from next week.

The official opening will be performed by town artist and gallery owner Philip Gunn next Monday.

The exhibition, which runs until July 20, will offer art lovers the chance to view some of the members’ wide variety of works and, perhaps, make a purchase.

The Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbrright is hosting a summer exhibition with works by some of Scotland’s best-known fine artists.

The exhibition, which runs until Sunday, September 2, includes Robert Kelsey Pai, Liz Knox Pai, Francis Boag, Michael Clark, James Harrigan, Liz Mackay, Ingebjorg Smith, along with Dumfries & Galloway fine artists Suzanne and Malcolm Davies, Kevan Mcginty, Stewart Lammie and Mary-Clare Cornwallis.

Also on show are applied arts and crafts from one of Britain’s foremost silver chasers Rod Kelly and his wife Sheila Mcdonald who produces magnificent enamel jewellery, two ceramic artists Pauline Zelinski and John Struthers, sculpture from Urpu Sellar, Liz Waugh and Paul Jenkins, glass from Corsock artist Amanda Simmons, glass from Frank Grenier Afge and Mikchael Hunter of Twist Glass Studio in Selkirk, beautiful contemporary turned wood platters from Rosemary Wright and textile cushions from Shirley McLauchlan, whose work has been commissioned from, among others, Nicole Kidman.

There is a wonderful collection of oil paintings, quirky naive animal pieces, local landscapes and seascapes and table tops ready for cooking a feast.

Enjoy informative walks and talks around the historic trees of Dryburgh Abbey and the trees and herb garden of Jedburgh Abbey on a number of dates later this month as part of the Treefest.

The walks at Dryburgh are on July 15 and 22 and at Jedburgh on July 8 and 29. They all begin at 2pm.

Comfort Zones comes to Tullie House this Saturday in an exhibition about the significance of the home and the contrasts between the normal and the surreal which are often embedded in it.

It features art that is both constructed around and created within the domestic environment. While the home is often valued as our place of solace and comfort, the artists examine ways in which our domestic environments can betray our sense of stability and they also explore the contrasts which can often be found there: the familiar, private and secure, against the unfamiliar, unnerving, surreal and unexpected.

Highlights include a video piece depicting furniture that moves or changes shape when you’re not looking and a short film in which a gang break into a house and create percussive music using found objects in each of the rooms.

The exhibition runs until September 2.

The 2007 Carlisle International Summer Festival, which runs from this Saturday until July 14, will inspire and entertain with a variety of performances appealing to all ages.

A Beethoven concert on the 7th features the violin concerto with soloist Emma Hancock and the Northern Sinfonia, while four of the region’s top vocal soloists join the Festival Chorus to sing the Mass in C.

On the 8th the Abbey Singers, conducted by Jeremy Suter, perform Music for a Royal Funeral in St Michael’s Church, Burgh-by-Sands to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of Edward I.

On the 10th the Camerata Orchestra with Emma Hancock (violin) and John Turner (recorder) perform the world premiere of a specially-commissioned Concerto for recorder and violin by Robin Walker.

On the 14th the Carlisle Cathedral Youth Choir and Carlisle Cathedral Choristers, conducted by John Robinson, perform the Legend of St Cuthbert and the Birth of St Kentigern. The narrator is Andrew Leggott.

Longtown writer Ken Campbell and south Cumbrian composer Adrian Self have collaborated in producing these highly-dramatic children’s cantatas based on the lives of two important northern saints.

For the full programme details go to www.carlislefestival.org.uk To book tickets go to Carlisle visitor centre in the old town hall or ring 01228 625600.