Momingside Library Morningside Road. 19—31 Jan. Mon—Fri 10am—8pm: Sat 9lm—1pm.

O MERCURY GALLERY 23 North Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri l()am—5.3()pm. Sat “lam—1.00pm. Small Picture Show Until mid Jan. Since it opened four years ago the Mercury has mounted a mixed Christmas Show. ' Some pictures take traditional Christmas themes like Rob Hain‘s delightful picture of the Adoration while other permit a touch of exoticism amid winter snows. John Houston‘s ‘Red-Haired Girl' looks like something out ofa cracker and Rob McLaurin‘s Whitby Man promises lighter nights to come.

0 NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Prints by William Strang and D.Y. Cameron Until Wed 24 Dec. Across the turn ofthe century. these two artists achiyed fame. popularity and were leading figures in the revival of fine print—making. TurnerWatercolours Sat 3—Sat 31 Jan. The year begins with the annual brief showing of the delicate Turners. Don’t miss them.

0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge. 226 4531. Mon—Fri 9.3(lam—5pm: Sat 9.3(iam—lpm.

Repatriation Until Sat 1()Jan. Cultural repatriation is the theme of this latest exhibition. which focuses on the recent return to Scotland of


City Art Centre, until Sat 20 Dec.

A glowing exhibition for winter! Very Spanish in feeling - paintings panting with movement and gleaming with reds, blues and oranges. In lact,l retained a stronger impression of the colours used than the subjects painted lot Gavin's canvasses consist of multi-coloured tigures and animals (dogs with green and orange heads) combined with bands of background colour. Colour is seen as challenging in the wonderful ‘Red Night' where a human figure reels back from the impact oi the red.

While the solidity ol the textured canvasses is at all times iorcelui, l was glad oi the reliei uttered by the black and white linoptints (Dog II is particularly haunting) and the looser iorms of works done in oil on paper. The latter requre to be looked at more closely than the canvases - less emotionally direct, they are more imaginatively subtle. (Maureen Sangster)

two important collections. The Scott Manuscripts go on public display for the first time since they were bought back from America for one million dollars and the Cambuskenneth Books have been deposited with the Library for three years by the Athenaeum Club. Liverpool. Following a chequered history. they return to Edinburgh after an absence ofover 400 years.

0 NETHERBOW 43 High Street. 556 9579.

Christmas Exhibition Until Wed 24 Dec. Work by Ella Neustein. Cathy Outram and Suzy Shearer.

0 NICHOLSON GALLERY 8 St Mary‘s Street. 556 5059. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.

Barbara Balmer Until Wed 24 Dec. Cool looks from this well-known Scottish artist. now settled in the historic village of Stamford. Balmer’s beautifully finished paintings make a nodding white crysanthemum look the most ordered of flowers. With an oriental touch she captures the lights of France and the delicacy ofstill life.

0 OPEN EYE GALLERY 57 Cumberland Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri l(lam—6pm. Sat 1(lam-4pm. [D] On a Small Scale Until Wed 24 Dec. The Open Eye commissioned a wall-full of artists to paint tiny pictures 2in x 2in. Choose from nearly 100— a cheeky parakeet from Ann Patrick. a dotted fish on a plate from Cynthia Wall or a dreamy Bet Low which glimpses into a miniature landscape. Prices from £20—£75 make them affordable. For Christmas. there will also be a selection ofcontemporary pottery like the lustrous flagon by Douglas Davis. or the blue gargoyles by Lorraine Fernie. Glass and jewellery t()().

O PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 1(1am—5pm. Sun 2-5pm. -

The great Scots of the past and present are collected here in a gallery of faces and figures.

Last week the gallery unveiled a portrait of Sir Adam Thomson Chairman and founder of British Caledonian Airways. The portrait. by John Wonnacott. is set in an aircraft maintenance hanger at Gatwick Airport. Over eight feet square. the painting took over 18 months to complete. There is a disply of sketches. drawings and photographs to accompany the portrait.

O PRESCOTE GALLERY 369 High Street. 225 2652. Mon—Sat 1(lam—5pm. Closed 25 Dec—9 Jan. Alison Yuill -Tapestry and Paperworks and Small Tables Until Wed 24 Dec. lfyou can‘t afford Toby Winteringham‘s gorgeous overmantel mirror which depicts moon and star with beautiful precision. then there are cheerful swivel mirrors in primary colours by Hugh Scriven at £15. Rod Wales Button-Down-Bins in two sizes make usefully decorative presents. while Maxine Naylor‘s Confetti Lights would grace any Christmas mantel like snowy moths.

0 PRINTMAKERS' WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon—Sat l()am—6pm.



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The Fruitmarket Gallery 29 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 lDF Telephone ()31 225 2383 Admission Free

Open Tuesday—Saturday and 29 Dec Iii—5.30; 28 Dec 1—5. Closed 25.26 Dec and 1,2Jan. Cafe—Bookstail

SUbSIdISGd by the Scomsh Arts COunCil




Large range of prints, jewellery, crafts, gift tokens 29 November-31 December

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94 George Street. Edinburgh Tel: 051 225 5955

Mon-Sat 9am to 6.00pm;

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University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge. Tel: 031 667 1011 ext4308

to 13th December PRINTS FROM PEACOCK

An exhibition of prints in a wide range of techniques, selected from Aberdeen’s Peacock Printmaker’s output overthe last 10 years.

Closed for Christmas Period

Mon—Sat 10am—5pm

SUbSIdISQd by the Scottish Arts C0uncu

Hunterian Art Gallery University of Glasgow

THE CHRISTMAS STORY Episodes from Christ’ 5 Nativity

Print Gallery: 6 Dec—31 Jan 1987 (Closed 24—28,31 Dec; 1—5 Jan)

Mon—Fri9.30—5.00; Sat9.30—1.00 Admission Free

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