Last call to enjoy special treat at Chambers Institution

Published: 21 Nov 2012 09:300 comments

GALLERY lovers are being reminded of a last call to enjoy a special treat at the Chambers Institution in Peebles.

Visitors can enjoy a rare opportunity to see the work of a national artistic treasure - Joan Eardley.

October marked the 100th anniversary of the gallery at Tweeddale Museum and to celebrate this momentous occasion SBC's Visual Arts Officer, Elizabeth Hume, hired in from the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries unique paintings by Joan Eardley and photographs by her close friend Audrey Walker which sympathetically document her life.

Eardley, whose life was cut tragically short at the age of 42, is renowned for her portrayal of Glasgow street scenes and local, working class children - in particular the Samsons, a family of 12 children who were a constant source of inspiration to her when she worked from her Townhead studio in Glasgow. She is also much admired for the atmospheric seascapes she painted out of doors from her final home in the village of Catterline, to the south of Aberdeen.

Elizabeth Hume said: "I wanted an exhibition which would appeal to everyone for this special occasion - although Joan's work can be described as abstract it is easily understood by the viewer and has universal appeal. I love the charming portraits of the little Samson children with their mucky faces and dishevelled red hair - they aren't sentimental, Joan portrays them with squints and all - just as she finds them."

If you've not seen the show already make sure you visit before it closes to the public on December 1 - you won't be disappointed.

The exhibition is taking place at The Gallery, Tweeddale Museum, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles. Free Admission, No wheelchair access. Open: Mon-Fri 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm. Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm.

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