New art on show in Milngavie’s Lillie Art Gallery

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Two interesting art exhibitions are coming to The Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie this month.

A Stitch in Rhyme, an exhibition of textile art by Edge Textile Artists Scotland, opens on Saturday, July 20 and runs until August 16.

This celebrates and draws upon poetry from a wide range of Scottish poets, past and present. The work on display has been inspired by the artist’s personal choice of poem, culminating in a collection of diverse, exciting, intriguing and pleasing exhibits.

An exhibition of photographs of the Carbeth Huts by Frances McCourt is also showing at the gallery from Saturday, July 20 to August 16.

Originally a unique social experiment and holiday site in the 1920s, Carbeth land-owners allowed working class city residents to build small huts at their own expense in return for a nominal fee to enjoy nature, an outdoor swimming pool and access to walking and mountaineering routes.

Carbeth also became a refuge for Glasgow and Clydebank wartime evacuees and a welcome retreat for industrial city-dwellers to escape the grime and stress of the city and spend summers with their families and children in an idyllic - if basic - environment.

Carbeth is an accomplished series which continues McCourt’s concerns in her photography with home and the built environment.

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art’s Fine Art Photography Dept in 2002, she explores themes of alienation, home, community and our connection with urban/rural environments through her work.