May 31 to June 15 2017

It ought to be warm by now, oughtn't it? The sun should shine in a clear sky - and The Line will be closed for a short holiday.

Please note that Here we go gathering Nuts in May will end at 5pm on Tuesday May 30th and The Line will next open on Saturday June 17th when an exhibition of work by Linlithgow Arts Collective will open. From Wednesday June 14 we will be in and around the gallery, setting up the new show, so advise that you call us on 01506 670268 before making a special trip to visit.

In the meanwhile we wish you A Very Happy Marches!  And we take advantage of another opportunity to show the wonderful painting of The Line by Lorna Pirrie - with the sun shining!

May 6 to May 30 2017

The skies are lighter, the soil is warming up and gardens are beginning to hint at the glories to come. The nursery rhyme 'Here we go gathering nuts in May', which is the tile of this month's show, draws on the tradition of gathering 'knots' or small posies of flowers at this time of year - the 'knots' becoming corrupted to 'nuts' as time passed.

And this exhibition is The Line's gathering together of a 'knots' of work from a variety of artists who have delighted the eye over time. For out first group show of 2017 we are pleased to welcome back Rob Newton, Ewa Polanek, Sheena Christie, Carol Meikleham, Helena Emmans and more.

We know that there will be something for everyone to enjoy - do come along and find out for yourselves.

April 8 to May 2 2017

Linlithgow is a known, isn't it? The Palace, the Loch, the High Street, the railway line - all of these sum up our town, don't they? All right, then there are the people - the black bitches and the incomers; the commuters and those who work here; the many, many volunteer groups who keep the Royal Burgh alive and attractive.

And there is so much more...... In this exhibition two of Linlithgow's own creative talents bring their recent work to The Line under the title Honesty. Hephzibah Kilbride draws with pen and ink, bringing her figures to life with graphic line and powerful suggestion. Siljes Elisabet Thorin uses black and white photography to illustrate the extraordinary in the everyday, the hint at the story behind those things we take for granted.

Do come along and join is in celebrating the opening of this exhibition from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Saturday April 8th. The exhibition will continue until May 2nd.

March 11 to April 4 2017

Painter and print maker Eva Mia Sjölin is back at The Line! Since she last showed with us some 5 years ago she has exhibited all over the world including in Japan, Norway, Bulgaria and Denmark. And there have been many shows in Sweden, as would be expected. Her enigmatic mystical landscapes are evocative of a half remembered world, places both familiar yet different - they are sources for dreaming and for story telling. Her wire and net birds charm, their minimal detailing doing nothing to detract from their character and humour.

For this exhibition we are delighted that she brings along a colleague from her days at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Stockholm, Hjördis Haack  from Denmark, of whom she writes:

"This is the first time just we two will exhibit together since we met 1981. Studying on the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Stockholm we were selected to join a group designing and making the scenery for “The tales of Hoffman” by J. Offenbach. Since then we have been close friends and have kept regular contact though we live in different countries. We are looking forward to this exhibition and to visiting Scotland and to come to The Line Gallery together."

Hjordis - I will show a series of oil paintings showing different landscapes and views from my travels. Small realistic paintings of nature with a conceptual angle, often with unpainted parts of the linen – like small snapshots.

Eva-Mia will bring bird sculptures in net and digital art prints - Each of my birds tries to find their own characteristic of some human personality. In my art prints I put different pieces from my photos together to a new vision of reality.

Do come along and join is in celebrating the opening of this exhibition from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Saturday March 11th. Both artists will be present, and happy to speak about their work. The exhibition will continue until April 4th.