The lirst painting in the current

exhibition of work by the Norwegian artist, Frans Widerberg, at the Scottish National Gallery at Modern Art is a sell-portrait: the impact ot a young man’s steady and open gaze remains through canvas alter canvas ol visionary work. In the lithograph, ‘Dreamer in a Landscape‘, a ligure stands, looking into a deep blue torest ot pine trees. His arms are lolded as it the dream makes him cold, lonely. The next panel, ‘Messenger’ reveals a bringer ol sunshine and good news entering the world on a tightrope. Widerberg reveals great optismism and longing in his confident use of colour and generous appliance ot paint, but at the heart of the dream, there seems to be doubt.

An admirerot Edvard Munch, Widerberg also takes the transcendent lora bedlellow. As in Munch’s paintings, many images emerge lrom rich tracks at paint and swirling backgrounds. Out at a potentially abstract chaos, suggesting the elements, comes an impression or a depiction of man‘s place in that ordered chaos.

A recurrent image in the paintings is that of the horse: these beasts stand on long spindly legs and have enormous leet. They look as it they are made out ot clay, the great leet totally essential tor balance. Butthis image perpetually suggests the vulnerability ot the horse which, when young, has legs which are thin and out of proportion, and therelore also suggests birth and hope

Capital Prints L'ntil Sat 20 Dec. Prints of Edinburgh.

The Workshop will be holding a benefit party once a month. ()1in costing t' l . there are prizes to be won as well as having a good time. (‘ontact Printmakcrs for details.

0 QUEEN'S HALL ('lerk Street. (ioS 3-156. Mon—Fri ‘).31lam—5.3llpm and concert evenings 1 ticket holders only).

(‘losed for exhibitions 23 Dec -5 Jan. Watercolours and Oils by Victoria Farris Lintil 'l‘ue 23 Dec.

0 RIAS GALLERY l5 Rutland Square. 22‘) 7205. Monwliri 9.3(lam—5pm. ('losed Mon 22 Dec—Sun 4.11m. Architects as Artists t7ntil Hi 9 .Ian (note date change). For (‘hristmas architects give up their drawing boards for other artistic pursuits. Sinclair (iauldie is architect. playwright and artist: William 'I‘ucker. a landscape and regular architect. paints and Robert Barbour exhibits with the (ilasgow group known as the liastwood Six.

0 ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN Inyerleith House.

()yer the winter period (until April) lnyerleith House will be open only oyer weekends. The three summer exhibitions John Hope lSth century gardener and enlightened l'igure. Margaret Stone's exqusite watercolours and HeatherAngel's colour photographs. will be continued during this time.

The woodcut ‘Horse’ is joyous and atlirrning, tree of the worries depicted elsewhere in the exhibition, which

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND ('hambers Street. 225 753-1. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2---5pm. There are many interesting talks. lectures and films being held at the museum this autumn and winter. (See ()pen section). (‘ontact the information desk for details.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sal Ilium—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

Scotland‘s antiquities share premises with the Portrait (iallery.

0 Royal Scottish Academy The Mound. 225 (TIT7I.

Scottish Society at Artists l'ntil Sat 13 Dec. As president-elect ol'the Scottish Society. (icorge Wylie has seen to it that installations are part of the annual show this year. Another new departure is the imitation extended to young graduates to show.

Scottish Society at Women Artists LIntil Sat 13 Dec. Showing in the side gallery.


0 Howard Street. 556 (i337. Mon—Sat lllam—me. Sun 2—4pm.

0 SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 141) (‘anongate. 556 8136. Mon—Sat lllam—5.3tlpm. Special Sun Opening 7. Hand 21 Dec l—5pm.

A permanent showcase tor the cral'ts of Scotland.

Christmas Crackers L'ntil Wed2-1 l)ec. (‘ral‘ts Ior sale with (‘hristmas in mind.

necessarily accompany Widerberg‘s particular brand of idealism. (Shan Evans‘.

0 THE SCOTTISH GALLERY ()4 (ieorge Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri Darn—5.30pm. Sat 9.3llam—- 1 pm. ('Iosed 25—28 Dec.

Christmas Exhibition t‘mil wed 31

Dec. livery year the Scottish (iallcry

inyites artists to make small work.

which are shown in groups oH and 5.

The excitement created by the paintings all clamouring tor attention might wear oil. by the time some were taken home. but it you had money to spare. .lack Knox's Ailsa Craig. hidden by mist like a big plum pudding. would neycr pale. Silk scarves by Audrey Allison decorate the gallery and a colourlul selection of jewellery and pottery till the foyer. ’l‘herc are lish. not ducks on the wall and clocks like miniature paper cut-outs by lilizabeth llammerton at £25.

0 THE SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria (‘olliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian. no?» 751‘). 'l‘ue—l‘ri l()am—-~I.3()pm. Sat Sttn Noon—5pm.

Prestongrange (between Prestonpans and Musselburgh)'I'ue-—l5ri ll)am~—-Ipm. Sat Sun Noon~5pm. Both museums are closed 25 Dec—J .lan.

Visitor Centre. llistoric (‘ornish Beam lingine and displays showing coal-mining through the ages.

0 THE SHORE GALLERY 5‘) Bernard Street. Leith. .'\Ion»~l5ri Ham—4pm. The next exhibition at The Shore will

be Recent Flower Paintings by Agnes Kindberg l‘ntil Fri 12 Dec.

0 STILLS GALLERY 1115 l Iiin Street. 557 l141).'l'ue—Sat.noon—6pm.

The Britons l'nlil Sal Ill.lan. mm x 24in colour polaroids by Neal Slayin. See panel.

0 TALBOT RICE ART CENTRE ( )ld ('ollegc. l'niyersity ot' lidinburgh. (m7 lllllext-13118.31omSat. lllam~5pm.

Prints lrom Peacock t'mil Sat 13 Dec. An exhibition selected Irom Peacock's output over the past ten years.

0 THEATRE WORKSHOP 34 l latnilton Place. 225 79-12. Mon-Sal

Illam 5pm.

Closed 25 Dec and l .lan.

Christmas Exhibition During Dec. The theme illustrates children in Russia to coincide with the seasonal show Baba Yaga and the Magic l)oll.

The Image Machine l’irst meeting Mon 5 .Ian at 7.3llpm. An early announcement for the 1%‘7 community production which will be run iointly by ’I‘heatre Workshop and The Slide Workshop. They will be looking for people who are interested in working with photography and film to take part in creating the images.

0 TORRANCE GALLERY 29b Dundas Street. 550 (i366. Mon—I’t’i

l lam~hpm. Sat lll.3(lam—4pm. Christmas Exhibition L'ntil “ml 31 Dec. Paintings. jewellery. wood sculpture and pottery by artists like .lane Soeder. .lack l’irth. lithel Walker and .loan Renton.

O 369 GALLERY 20‘) (‘owgate. 225 31113. Mon—Sat noon-5.3llpm. Alan Watson Until Sat 20 Dec. New work.

Small Pictures tor Christmas tintil Wed 2‘) Dec. An exhibition held in the Board Room.

See (‘itylist for details of talks and classes.

0 WARE ON EARTH l5 llowe Street. 558 I270. Mon-~Sat Illam——(i.3llpm. Fiona Sutherland ’l‘ue 13 .lan——S Feb. Sculptures and draw ings.


A new section tor special exhibitions held outside Glasgow and Edinburgh which are otparticularinterest. Galleries should contact Alice Bain it they are holding an important exhibition, at least two weeks belore it opens. There will only be room lor one or two exhibitions in this section each issue.

0 Crawtord Centre tor the Arts ()3 North Street. S'l‘ Andrews. Fife (1)334 7mm ext 591.

Muirhead Bone Portrait of the Artist L'ntil Sun 2] Dec. Born in (ilasgow in 1870. Bone wasoneol'the best-known and most prolific British artists this century until his death in 1953. His realistic. linear style then sul'l'cred a loss of interest. This exhibition attempts to redress the balance and shows perhaps the largest selection of his work to be seen in thirty years. Prints and also watercolours. oils and drawings will be shown. A (‘rawt‘ord organised exhibition. it will tour to (ilasgow (Kelyingroye) in January (25 Jan—9 Mar).

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