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Food and drink theme at Castle Douglas art exhibition

Annirose Ansbro Image copyright Colin_Hattersley
Image caption Annirose Ansbro used herbal teas, fresh coffee, a pomegranate, and sloe gin in her work, Drool

An art exhibition to mark Scotland's Year of Food and Drink has opened in Dumfries and Galloway's food town.

Paintings, jewellery, woodwork, photography and ceramics are among the artworks by mainly local artists on display in Castle Douglas.

They include an abstract by local painter Annirose Ansbro, who took the theme of the exhibition literally.

She raided her kitchen cupboards for tea, coffee, liqueurs, fruit and mustard powder to use in Drool.

"I thought it would be fun to take the food and drink theme all the way, so I scoured the kitchen for ingredients I could use as well as conventional paint," she said.

"The smell of the painting was absolutely wonderful."

About 90 artists were invited to submit pieces to Spring Show: Art, Food and Drink, which acts as a taster for the Spring Fling open studios weekend in May.

The exhibition at the McGill Duncan Gallery runs until 23 April.

Image copyright Colin_Hattersley
Image caption Sculptor Max Nowell created three huge stone pears, which are displayed in the gallery garden
Image copyright Ceri Allen
Image caption Ceri Allen's Bar is among the works on show at the McGill Duncan Gallery in Castle Douglas
Image copyright Colin Hattersley
Image caption Jennie Ashmore uses leaves, plants and flowers - often edible - to make intricate pictures
Image copyright Jenny Finch
Image caption Jenny Finch was one of 90 artists invited to submit work. Hers is entitled Bread and Jam.
Image copyright Wendy Kershaw
Image caption Wendy Kershaw's The Tea Girl is also on display at the Castle Douglas gallery

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