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Orchard - an Exhibition by Maggie Ayres

This Saturday, 1st September at 2pm, is the launch of my wife, Maggie Ayres, solo exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.

Over a year in the making, Maggie has poured her heart and soul into this astonishing collection of abstract wall pieces and boxes, using the ancient art of encaustic, with layers of melted beeswax and tree resin, fused with a blowtorch, and incorporating oil paints, rust printed paper, found objects and constructed materials.

Entitled “Orchard,” it explores memories, hopes and imagination – recalling everything from a childhood playing among the apple trees in the Lake District, through the joys and trials of motherhood, to struggles with anxiety and depression.

It's a deeply personal journey, but has universal themes of desire, struggle and hope, which everyone can connect to.

To say I'm proud of her would be the understatement of the year. I am in awe of what she has created.

Earlier this year I took a series of photos of Maggie in her studio, and some of these have now appeared in September issue of Dumfries and Galloway Life magazine (out now), along with a wonderful interview written by Carol Hogarth



If you can make it along to the exhibition launch on Saturday at 2pm, you will be more than welcome. If you can't make it on that day, but will be in Dumfries over the next month or so, it runs until 6th October.

If you can't make it along at all, it is well worth getting hold of a copy of D&G Life to read the article.

Over the next few days, on the run up to the exhibition, I'll be putting up the full set of photos from that session on my Instagram account, if you're interested:

https://www.instagram.com/kimayresphotography/

4 comments

Pat said...

Such lovely photos of Maggie. You are indeed a very talented couple. I'm sorry I've never met Maggie. Sincere wishes for a smashing exhibition and a really good turn out.

Kim Ayres said...

Many thanks, Pat :)

hope said...

What a talented family you are! Best wishes to Maggie for a successful event.

Kim Ayres said...

Many thanks, Hope :)

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