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.

February 4 to March 7 2017 PERCEPTIONS

Tidal flow by Cunningsburgh      Ruth Brownlee

Ruth Brownlee’s work is known and loved in Linlithgow and beyond. This is what Ruth has to say about Perceptions

“It has certainly been one interesting journey ever since I first showed with The Line over 20 years ago.   Fresh from art college, my early landscape work was abstract based using paints and paper and when a teaching opportunity came up in Shetland in 1998, my work took an immediate change of course as my work became focused on the seas.

Over the following 20 years, my work has developed into more atmospheric realistic paintings as I am continually inspired by the rugged dramatic coastal landscape of Shetland and the North Sea. “

View from the Bod, Sodom     Ruth Nicol

Ruth Nicol
has exhibited with The Line for over nine years now. In that period she has visited Shetland, and become familiar with Ruth Brownlee’s work - her work here is one artist’s celebration of another and of the environment in which she now finds herself. Ruth Nicol’s experience of Shetland has been fleeting, her perceptions based on glimpses, the understanding of an outsider who can only begin to grasp what it means to live, full time,  on an island. The perception of the visitor can capture somethings, but never the full truth.

This exhibition is the fulfillment of a long standing ambition for The Line. To work with artists over time is a delight and a privilege, and to have the opportunity to bring two together in this way is rare. We are thrilled to show Perceptions, and we hope you will be as excited as we are.

To compliment Perceptions, we are very pleased to be show new silver jewellery by Jenny Deans from Edinburgh. Her new Linear collection continues to draw upon Jenny’s love of rhythm and repetition, using repeated elements of wire to create structural and sculptural forms. This new direction has hints of Art Deco forms and classical Greek architecture, alongside modern architecture and sculpture.

December 28 2016 to February 3 2017

I preparation for the start of our 23rd year of exhibiting on Linlithgow High Street, we are taking some time off to reflect and regroup. The Line - so beautifully executed in acrylic by Lorna Pirrie in the painting above - will be closed from now, to re-open with a fantastic exhibition of Shetland based work from February 4th.

In the meanwhile we wish you all a very peaceful and prosperous 2017.

November 26 to December 24 2016

2016 is a year few of us will forget. There are many reasons for this, and not all will relate to everyone - but we will each look forward to a new beginning in 2017. Our Christmas exhibition has always had an angelic theme - this year is no exception, and we would like to welcome you all to Only if there are angels in your head will you ever possibly see one a quotation from Elisabet's favourite poet, Mary Oliver. We wish you all as many angels in your head as you feel you can cope with - and, in the meanwhile, offer a seasonal selection of fine paintings and prints, ceramics, silver, basket ware, wood work and glass for your enjoyment. Artists who have exhibited with us throughout the year are here once more, with new pieces to charm the eye.

Come and join us for home made mince pies and mulled wine from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday November 26th, and then stay on in Linlithgow to enjoy the Advent Fair torchlight procession. You will be very welcome.