James Cramb lives in Portobello. This in itseli is unremarkable, but when addressing his work exhibited at the Graeme Murray Gallery, it comes as a mild surprise that its maker should exist so tangibly, at the seaside down the road. The paintings seem to recall somewhere distant, communications irom the past and horn the iuture, '

Modern Medals Until Sat 13 Dec. Crystals in Industry Thus 18 Dec—28

Jan. 0 IMAGES GALLERY 7-1 Hyndland Road. 334 531 I. Christmas Exhibition Until end Dec. Japanese Prints. Mexican Ceramics. Scottish etchers etc. 0 J.O. KELLY GALLERY I 18 Douglas Street. 248 6386. Mon—Fri It).3()am—5.3(lpm. Sat 1(lam—12.3()pm. James Fullarton Until Sat 20 Dec. 0 LILLIE ART GALLERY Station Road. Milngavie. 956 2351. Tue—Fri 11am—5pm and 7—9pm. Sat and Sun 2—5pm. Closed 21 Dec—6.12m. Christmas Show Until Sat 20 Dec. A rt and crafts form the area. 0 McLELLAN GALLERIES 27() Sauchiehall Street. Mon—Fri 1()am-7pm; Sat 1(1am—6pm; Sun noon-6pm. Bold Strokes Until Sun 14 Dec. An exhibition ofwork by twelve artists. Five Artists Retrospective Until Sun 21 Dec. Open every day except Mon. Alasdair Gray. Carole Gibbons. James Connolly. Alasdair'l'aylor and Alan Fletcher show their work. 0 MAIN FINE ART The Studio Gallery. 16 Gibson Street. 334 8858. Tue—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan. I. Lesley Main Until Wed 24 Dec. New Paintings. A commission in the Canaries led to a longer stay and this new work. There will also be a Christmas Selection ofstock paintings on display in the small room. 0 METRO GALLERY 713 Great Western Road. 3390737 (opp Botanic Gardens). Tue—Sat ll).3()am—5pm. Christmas Show Until Wed 24 Dec. Paintings. etchings and pottery (including tiny tenement houses) from Scottish contemporary artists.

neither remote nor explicit. Cramb has worked through a more

expressionistic style oi abstraction to arrive at the set oi cyphers repeated in these recent works. Like musical notes or letters at an alphabet, they stand alone as tragments or together as a phrase. They can be read irom tell to right, top to bottom, cornerto corner.

0 PEOPLE'S PALACE MUSEUM Glasgow Green. 554 ()223. Mon—Sat lilam—5pm. Sun 2—5pm. Glasgow‘s museum of working life.

One Singer, One Song —Theatre Programmes Until mid-Jan. From Ilarry Lauder in 1910 to Bing Crosby in the Fifties this is a small collection for the musical at heart.

0 PROVANO’S LOROSHIP 3 Castle Street. Mon—Sat 9.3(1—5pm. Sun 2-5an

Glasgow in the Forties limit 1 March. Watercolours by William Simpson. 0 SCOTTISH AMICABLE 151) St Vincent Street. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm. Ian Robinson Until 29 Dec. Paintings. 0 THE SCOTTISH DESIGN CENTRE 72 St Vincent Street. 221 6121. Mon—Fri 9.3(lam—5pm. Sat 9am—5pm.

The Green Designer Until Sat 27 Dec. An exhibition demonstrating how design is helping to stimulate the growth of industries that are kind to the environment.


Sometime ago Alasdair Gray, best known lor his novels, made the decision to give up waiting ior someone else to organise a retrospective ol his work as a visual artist. Full steam ahead, he began organising the show to include tour artists oi his generation. Alter months oi preparation with the help at lriends, the mammoth Five Artists show opened last week at Glasgow’s McLeilan Galleries. Gray is joined by Carole Gibbons, James Connolly, Alasdair Taylor and the late Alan Fletcher.

The exhibition will move to Edinburgh (Talbot Rice and 369) in January when it will be reviewed by The List.

(Alice Gain)


The larger pieces are made at cyphers lramed individually and then hung flat in sets-tour by live, ten by eight or six by three, a classic symmetry which invites you to read, interpret or simply contemplate.

In the ‘Blue Painting’ and ‘Alterthe nain’, patches oi sky and sea move

behind the marks. If you want to see

Princes Square Development Exhibition has been CANCELLED. O SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street (adjacent to Springburn Railway Station). Mon—Fri 111.3(1am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm. Glasgow‘s first community museum opened earlier this year.

0 THIRO EYE CENTRE 35(1Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. 'I'ue—Sat lilam— 5.3(lpm. Sun 2—5.3()pm. Cafe. [1)]

Closed 25 Dec—6 Jan.

Oscar Marzaroli—Shades ol Grey— Glasgow Photographs 1956—1986 Until 11 Jan. For thirty years. Marzaroli has consistently turned to the city ofGlasgow and its people for inspiration. Many people will already know his work remember the little girl in the (iorbals? Third Eye celebrates his work in a comprehensive exhibition.

John Bellany-A Selection irom Two Exhibitions Until 11 Jan. Both were

seen in Edinburgh this year during

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Alan Fletcher— Sell-Portrait with Drawing


them there are clouds and tiny tornadoes-lorthe most part natural but perhaps there is a blackerwarning. The symbols in ‘Deep in the Forest’ have been scratched blue and green out oi black ink. As in all the work, there is a sense at adventure and pleasure in the discovery at this personal language. (Alice Bain)

the Festival. The Scottish Arts Council's choice show Bellany‘s latest work gentle. sunlit watercolours and drawings inspired by the artist's second honeymoon in the French fishing village of Le Treport. Etchings from 1966—86 come from the Printmakers‘ Workshop exhibition and show Bellany‘s versatility and mastership ofline.

o TRANSMISSION GALLERY 13—15 Chisholm Street. Mon—Sat noon—6pm.

Dead-Ending Until Fri 12 Dec. An installation by Iain Robertson. East and West. left and right interact in this wall-to-wall group of drawings. Dis-place-ment Mon 15—Sat 20 Dec. Performance/intallation by Karen Strang. A special performance will be held on Mon 15 Dec at 7.30pm. The Polish experience was the inspiration for this piece. following the artist‘s 15-month residency there.

0 TRANSPORT MUSEUM 25 Albert Drive. 423 8000. Mon—Sat 1(lam—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

The Museum will be closing down on Sun 4 Jan to prepare for the move to its new location in the renovated Kelvin Hall in the spring of 1988. Make sure you get a last IOok at your favourites before Christmas.

0 TRON 38 Parnie Street. 552 4267/8. Box office Tues—Sat. Noon—lllpm. Compass Gallery At the Tron Until further notice. Prints and paintings in the bar.

0 WASHINGTON GALLERY 4-1 Wa's’hington Street. 221 6780. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat Illam—lpm.

Pierres de reve, reves de plumes Until Sat 2() Dec. Small paintings on panel by Dominique Moreau Grainger. Scottish and continental Old Masters will also be on display during this period.

46 The List 12 Dec— 8Jan