Dazzling art is dream ticket for holidaymakers stuck at home

21st June

Foreign holidays may be on hold, but all is not lost if you’re longing for a change of scene

Summer-themed paintings by some of Scotland’s best-loved artists feature in a new online exhibition of work from the collection managed by cultural charity OnFife.

Dream Now, Travel Later is just the ticket if you’re pining for Tuscan hillsides, Spanish beaches or the vineyards of southern France.

It’s an ideal opportunity to meander through the streets of medieval towns, promenade in a Parisian park or simply embrace the warmth of the North African sun.

Seven of the 16 works are by Scottish colourists Samuel Peploe, Francis Cadell and John Duncan Fergusson – among them serene depictions of Normandy sands, Venetian canals and the Côte d'Azur.

Alongside them are beguiling works by the influential Glasgow Boys – A Spring Day, Morocco by Thomas Millie Dow, My House in Morocco by John Lavery, and Chateau Gaillard by David Cameron.

Also included are delightful pieces by two leading 20th century artists – Peille, A Hillside Village by Anne Redpath and Fields at Orry la Ville by William MacTaggart.

Completing the line-up are two Sri Lankan seascapes by L G MacArthur and inviting Venetian scenes by Scottish artists Ian Massie and James McBey.

This is the fourth online show that OnFife has staged in tandem with cultural charity ArtUK since lockdown began and analytics suggest it is a popular format.

Says exhibition curator Lesley Lettice: “Wonderful art can be a doorway to the world. Browse our beautiful paintings, close your eyes and let your mind wander – imagination can take you anywhere and everywhere.”

Younger museum enthusiasts can get involved with great summer art and craft activities linked to the exhibition through the OnFife Libraries online LibrarYAY group. Keep a look out on social media too where staff will be giving their own take on the paintings through online #FineArtFriday posts.

Dream Now, Travel Later is at Art UK at https://bit.ly/3g564FK from Saturday, 19 June.

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