Exhibition by talented trio

I Spy, by Rhona Campbell.
I Spy, by Rhona Campbell.

A new exhibition presenting work by some of the finest talent in the North East has opened in Rothbury.

The Rising Stars Showcase at The Congregational Art Gallery and Cafe brings together creations by a trio of young contemporary artists.

All three have recently graduated from some of the top art colleges in the country.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 19, and features work by Morag Donkin, Rhona Campbell and Marie Varley.

Donkin is a recipient of the Royal Scottish Academy Keith Prize 2011, awarded for the best student work. She explores landscape imagery around Scotland, looking for areas that have a cinematic quality.

Material experimentation is important to her and she uses many different oil-painting methods to create atmosphere.

Campbell works on large-scale paintings of photographs, found or deliberately staged, allowing the paintings to grow out of themselves through the layering of bold colours and texture, areas of space and intricate detail.

Varley’s primary inspiration for the collection on show in Rothbury is 1960s stamps from around the world.

She uses these as a window into the country of origin and the stories these ambassadors for the country tell the viewer about the identity the nations wanted to project to their population and the outside world.

It is very much a social commentary in graphic design.

She uses screen printing to enlarge, disassemble and reproduce the base source, the stamps.

Also on show are a selection of sculpture and ceramics from regional artists, alongside a broad range of regional painters.

The gallery is on High Street, Rothbury, and is open Thursdays to Saturdays, 10.30am to 4.30pm, and Sundays, 11.30am to 4.30pm. Call 01669 621900.