“All four seasons” – An exhibition of work by Keith Salmon at the John Muir Trust Wild Space Visitor Centre, Pitlochry, 1st May – 29th June 2015
Trying to come up with titles for exhibitions is always a difficult one I find. My current exhibition at the John Muir Trust Wild Space Visitor Centre in Pitlochry is called “All four seasons” and I think it sums up what my work is about quite well. The paintings in this show do I think cover all four seasons and the scenes vary from the Western Highlands and Islands to works created after trips to the Cairngorms, Lochnagar and the Drumochter Hills last year. The works vary in size from small postcard sized paintings (210 x 148 mm), to the largest at 80 x 80 cm and with prices ranging from £325 – £1250. I also have a range of prints for sale in the exhibition as well as a number of gift cards.
Nita and I travelled up to Pitlochry last Friday in order to deliver the works and to hang the exhibition. As I wasn’t too sure how long it would take for us to hang the show, I wanted to get to the centre for 10am when they opened and this meant a fairly early start. I had spent the previous few days madly wrapping and packing 26 works and so 05.45 saw us at my studio packing them into the car. It’s quite a time consuming task as with the majority of the works framed behind glass, we couldn’t risk them moving during the drive up north…… arriving with a car full of broken glass wouldn’t have been too good! We got away from Irvine at about half past six and cleared Glasgow before the roads got too busy. After that, it was a very pleasant drive on to Pitlochry. At the time, the skies were almost cloudless and the Perthshire countryside looked really beautiful in its spring colours. To the west however the mountains of Stuc a’ Chroin and Ben Vorlich looked very wintry with plenty of snow on them. We arrived in Pitlochry with almost an hour to spare and so had time for a late breakfast before the work began.
In all honesty, I haven’t hung too many exhibitions in the past and so I was very grateful for the help and assistance we got from Jane, the centre manager. She obviously knows the space well and made some good suggestions about how the work might be placed. Even so, it took us until about 15.30 to get the exhibition on the walls. I’d taken 25 paintings, not really knowing quite how many I’d need and in the end we hung 19 of them. The Wild Space sells work directly off the walls so having a few spare pieces to replace any ones sold is quite important.
Getting to the Wild Space
Tower House, Station Road, Pitlochry PH16 5AN
(Find us off the A9, on the corner of Atholl Road and Station Road)
Opening hours for May 2015
Monday 10am – 4.30pm
Wednesday 10am – 4.30pm
Thursday 10am – 4.30pm
Friday 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
Additional Opening / Closing on the following days:
Sunday 10 May Closed
Find out what’s on at the Alan Reece Gallery
For more details about Wild Space and the John Muir Trust visit; https://www.jmt.org/wildspace.asp