Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Carol Dewart

Carol Dewart's exhibition, Fifty Shades of Glasgow, has sold 21 paintings in the first week and we are absolutley delighted for her well-deserved success.  Here's a little more about this lovely artist.

Carol was born in Scotland in 1957.  She lives in Cardross, Argyll/Bute and as a landscape painter, it is from this ever-changing landscape that she takes her inspiration.

She attained a BA(Hons) in Drawing and Painting from Glasgow School of Art in 1981 and was the winner of the Emmy Sachs Award and the John and Mabel Craig Award. During her Post Graduate year at G.S.A in 1982 under the tutelage of renowned painters, David Donaldson, James Robertson and Geoff Squires, she was awarded a travelling scholarship.

Carol also studied Embroidery and Weaving for one year and this has had a major influence on her work. By integrating the use of various mediums, textiles and stitch work, her paintings strive to give a more textural observation of the landscape.

The Glasgow paintings are executed in watercolour and gouache and are inspired by the many years spent in Glasgow during her student days.

She is an artist member of the Paisley Art Institute and the Glasgow Society of Women Artists.

We have two weeks remaining and 29 paintings available still.  Each as gorgeous as the next.

To see what's sold and what's not, check out the red dots on our website:


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Friday, April 26, 2013


It is a lovely honour to be asked to be a judge at an art exhibition, particularly when it's the quality of the annual Paisley Art Institute Exhibition.  I spent the morning perusing the large exhibition, now in it's 125th year.

What a pleasure it is for me to spend time viewing such a variety of quality works.  The icing on the cake is to be invited to choose my very favourite and watch as the little award banner is mounted below the painting.

The Smithy Gallery Award is in its second year and once again, I am delighted with my choice.  The exhibition opens on 10th May, and you will just have to go and view the exhibition to see if you agree with my choice!

I'm now back to the gallery to enjoy the second week of Fifty Shades of Glasgow.  We have fifty beautiful small paintings by Carol Dewart, 18 of which are already sold, but there are plenty left triggering memories and tantalising people as we speak.  Here are a couple of my favourites which are still available:

Love, love, love!  They're all so full of character.

The exhibition, including sculpture by Lesley Carruthers can be viewed on the website:

It continues until 12th May.  Don't miss it!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunday's Preview

Our new exhibition Fifty Shades of Glasgow previewed on Sunday and it went with a bang! 

Artist Carol Dewart created the fifty paintings over a period of a good few months and the result has been a fabulous variety of scenes and landmarks in and around Glasgow.

The consistency of sizing has led to a dramatic looking exhibition, each painting an individual gem.

This is the first time we have had an exhibition dedicated to the city, and it was a joy to see the reaction and to hear all the stories linked to where the paintings were depicting.

Exhibiting also is scultptor Lesley Carruthers with a wonderful collection of works in cast aluminium and bronze.

So many people came and enjoyed the opening and we have already sold eighteen of the paintings!

All of the works can be viewed on our website:  http://www.smithygallery.co.uk/currentExhibitions.htm

A big thank you to everyone who came and of course to the wonderful Carol Dewart for creating such a beautiful collection of paintings.

The exhibition continues until 12 May.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Fifty Shades of . . . . Glasgow!

We are so excited about this new exhibition.  We have been busy hanging all week for it's preview this Sunday.

The artist Carol Dewart came to me with this idea, and I loved it.  She has created fifty small paintings many of which are well known scenes in and around Glasgow, but also others that are details that she has honed in on.

The paintings are beautifully mounted and framed and have already been selling in sets.  All the works can be viewed now on the website:


This exhibition is accompanied by a show of works by Lesley Carruthers.  She is a sculptor I have always admired, well known for her large metal installations and garden sculptures.  We are delighted to be exhibiting fourteen pieces of varying sizes.

This exhibition previews on Sunday 21 April, 2-5pm and continues until 12 May.

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