Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Magdalen Artists at The Vine

As part of this year’s West End Christmas Week, a group of local artists are exhibiting in the West End at the historic Vine building.   The Vine was built in 1836 for George Duncan MP. It is a substantial single storey villa, a neo-Greek pavilion set upon a plinth and set within spacious gardens overlooking the Tay. 

Last summer local community groups enjoyed hosting events in the garden of The Vine but with winter fast approaching the garden is now resting.   The garden's vibrant colour is being kept alive by The Magdalen Artists' exhibition of flowers and fruit.   The West End’s Community Room at The Vine with its domestic proportions is the perfect place to view the paintings.

It is every artist’s dream to exhibit their work in somewhere beautiful and for five Dundee artists this dream has come true, when their exhibition opened on Saturday in the lovely setting of the Vine.   The Vine with is artistic and botanical history is the ideal setting for the Magdalen Artists to show their work. The floral and foliage theme of the exhibition is very much at home in the Vine. Jim Petrie’s work with his trademark bold colour and shape is contrasted by Liz McCarthy’s soft focus flowers with pastel shades. Fiona Moore’s almost photo realistic studies of flowers blend together with Pauline Murray’s work with its detailed oriental floral imagery.  Completing the artist fusion Pat Leishman’s beautifully coloured and composted work of flowers and leaves bring the overall atmosphere of the exhibition to its striking outcome making it an exhibition not to be missed.

For information – Opening times this week 12 noon to 2pm at the Vine, 43 Magdalen Yard Road (opposite Roseangle Car Park).     Magdalen Artists are Pat Leishman, Pauline Murray, Jim Petrie, Liz McCarthy, Fiona Moore.