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Local talent put in the frame by Dingwall's Alchemist Gallery as coronavirus bounce back gathers pace

By Hector MacKenzie

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Uphill Battle by Janis Mennie, part of a new exhibition, Quotation Marks, at Alchemist Gallery.
Uphill Battle by Janis Mennie, part of a new exhibition, Quotation Marks, at Alchemist Gallery.

A DINGWALL gallery has returned from the latest lockdown by continuing to champion creative people across the county and beyond.

Alchemist Gallery is showing a new exhibition by well-known local artist, Janis Mennie.

Quotation Marks features more than 50 new original works on the walls. Many have been inspired by a line from a book, song or poem.

The gallery said: "This is the first solo show by Janis for a while, so don’t miss it."

Entry is free during normal opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

All works are included on the gallery's website.

The Alchemist has also included a wider range of wood products to add to its showcase of locally made quality woodcraft.

Owner Hazel Gordon is also flagging a new collection of stunning vessels made by Gary Thomson within a couple of miles of High Street gallery from locally sourced sustainable windfall and timber offcuts. She said: "Beautifully shaped, and finely detailed, we are more than a bit smitten with these. Gary has also made us some other items from wood; they are just waiting to be discovered when you come in."

She added: !I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming Keith Coghill Furniture back again.One of our first suppliers in Golspie, I have been just waiting for the opportunity to show his work here in Dingwall. Starting with some solid wood side tables, with pure copper highlights; each is completely unique. It’s important for us to see natural raw materials being truly valued and Keith has also designed these with a ‘waste nothing’ ethos.

"There are other new pieces of furniture too; from a neat wee desk and chair just made for homeworking to a sleek towel rail by Alistair Munro, and much more.

"We are always keen to support young talent and have just hung some new works by local recent graduate Aimee Coulshed, who lives over the Cromarty Firth in the Black Isle. Aimee studied textile design and is now developing her own creative practice in textile art, inspired by her Highland surroundings. She was the recipient of two awards at the New Designers Graduates Award Show in London, 2019. One to watch, and you saw her here first!"

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