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OPENING TIMES Lunch Mon—SatIZ—me Dinner Mon—Sat6—11pm
Calton Gallery EDINBURGH ‘ ‘ 18th—23rd December Pre-Christmas Lunch £5.95 Pre-Christmas Dinner £10.50
2 Pachuko Cantina 3 Grove Street . . Edinburgh L’nt1123rd December 0312281345 Bring your own bottle! 10 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 SAB
Tel: 031 556 1010
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GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO GALLERY MEMBERS' CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION
GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO GALLERY & THE ORIGINAL PRINT SHOP 4th-30th Decemer
ORIGINAL PRINT SHOP OPEN SUNDAYS 1-5pm
Mon-Sat 10am-S.30pm 22 King Street, Glasgow G1 SQP, Tel: 041 552 0704
THE FINE ART SOCIETY
LEONARD ROSOMAN A War Retrospective 1939—1945 Opening exhibition of new gallery 137 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JY Telephone 031 556 0305
Recent paintings by DONALD MANSON 134 Blythswood Street, Glasgow G2 4EL
Telephone 041 332 4027 Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat 10am—1pm '
ceramics as well as jewellery by Susan Barr.
I PORTFOLIO GALLERY AT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 43 Candlemaker Row. 220 I91 I. Tue—Sat noon-5.30pm.
Portrayal L'ntil I3 Jan (closed 26 Dec—4 Jan). The Gallery's annual open exhibition concentrates this year on portraiture. From seven hundred prints submitted. Sara Stevenson. the Curatorof Photography at the National Portrait Gallery. has selected forty portraits. Among those whose work will be shown are Robin Gillanders. Anna Somrnerville. Robert Burns. Glyn Scatterly and David Harrold — whose portrait oiPierre Victoire was commissioned by this very magazine.
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Rose Frain. Sappho Fragments, Richard Oemarco Gallery.
The Images ol Rose Fraln echo the disruptions and dynamism of Sappho's work. Virginia Wooli, angered by a critic‘s claim that women were infarior to men in intellectual power, retorted by demanding the names of titty male poets oi greater worth than Sappho. Born at Eresus on Lesbos during the 7th century BC, Sappho's poetry remains sullied by history, existing only in lragmentary form, an eternally uncompleted text. Considered as licentious and immoral by the Greeks or as a moral priestess of a religious cult by 19th century historians, she eludes any deiinitive meaning. The certain knowledge which we do possess is that her lyric poetry, rich in verbal gesture and rhythmical patterns of association is derived lrom words which suggest, recognise and speak to a uniquely iemale experience which is erotic, iluid and unbounded.
In a series ol works made lrom hand-made paper/paper pulp and related etchings, Frain's visual metaphors complemented by Sappho's words evoke her iniluence through the rhythm oi her marks and the use 01 colour as signifier oi mood, lemininity and the tangibility ola iemale expression which refuses to be silenced. The term oi herwork, using silk, thread and lragile lragments ol
, paper, recreates an image of Sappho's
poetry which although incomplete and distorted by monks, writers and time resonates with love, beauty and female emotion. French feminist writing inlluences Frain‘s work, both theoretically and visually, adding the historical present to the llow oi words and images which are challenging yet celebrating the leeling and state of ‘being temaIe’ as one oi powerand sensuality.
Sappho's voice plays with the possibilities of iemale language, creating space and movement torthe connectedness ot sensation, word and the repetition ol desire. As a visual representation otlemlninity which does not divide body. mind and spirit, Fraln‘s art Speaks to a silenced history of women's experience with spiritual conviction and corporeal gentleness. (Lorna J. Waite)
I PORTRAIT GALLERY Queen Street. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 1()am—5pm; Sun 2-5pm. The Man Who Shot Garbo. Until 8 Jan. A major retrospective exhibition of the work of Clarence Sinclair Bull. one ofthe greatest American film studio portrait photographers. Though he was head ofthe stills department at Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer from 192-1 until 1961. his most famous publicity shots were ofGreta Garbo for Anna Christie. Mala Hart. Queen ('hrisrina and Camille which were taken at the height of her career.
AVision of India Until 31 Jan. Fred Bremner was once a highlysuccessful photographer in India. His prints on show here are modern platinum ones made from Bremner's original glass negatives and feature fakirs. Afghan tribesmen. and the Begum of Bhopal in this richly varied selection of early photographs ofthelewel in the Crown.
I PRINTMAKERS WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 2479. Mon-Sat 1(lam—5.3(lpm.
New Prints From Edinburgh Printmakers Until 17 Dec. George Donald. Susan Norrie. Robert Rivers and Carol Robertson are the printmakers showing. After this the Gallery will be closed until mid January when an exhibition oiPrints from the Four Scottish Art Schools opens.
I QUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street. Box Office 668 201‘). Mon—Sat Ilium—5pm. (.‘afe. Further Impressions Until 22 Dec. Linda Farquharson presents her own idiosyncratic version of the signs ofthe zodiac.
I RIAS 15 Rutland Square. 2297205. Mon-Fri 9.3(lam—5pm.
Focus Ceramics Until 8 Dec. An exhibition of I9th century style tiles.
I RICHARD DEMARCO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (off High Street). 557 (I707. Mon—Sat 1(lam—6pm.
Sappho Fragments: Rose Frain. Work From the Scottish Diary: Don Anderson and Recent Works: 301) Cargill. 8 Dec-4 Jan. Also banners from the Cyrenians Workshop. depicting the Twelve Days ofChristmas. will be displayed.
I ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN 552 7171. Gardens Mon—Sat IIIam—sunset: Sun llam—sunset. Plant houses and exhibitions (mounted in Inverleith House) Mon~Sat 1(Iam—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. Green Belt Around the Sahara Until 28 Feb (closed 25 Dec & I Jan). The precarious existence of those living on the edges of the great desert and the efforts being made to establish a ‘green belt’ round its circumference. provide the subject ofthis exhibition.
I ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound. 225 667i. Mon—Sat I(lam—6pm. Sun 2—6pm.
Edward Summerton: Paintings Until 15 Dec. Recent work from the recipient ofthe Alistair Salveson Award.
The RGI In Edinburgh Until 17 Dec. A varied selection of work selected by the Institute to show in Edinburgh.
I SCOTTISH CRAFT CENTRE 140 ('anongate. 556 8136. Mon—Sat Ilium-5.30pm.
The next exhibition organised by the Scottish Craft Centre is Buying Futures which will be held at the City Art Centre until 6January.
I THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 94 George Street. 225 5955. Mon—Fri 1(lam—6pm; Sat Illam—Ipm.
Sea and Shore L'nti123 Dec. The Christmas exhibition will have a marine theme running through it. The show will include paintings by Black. Eardley. Houston. PepIoe and Watson as well as carvings. constructions, ceramics and glasswork.
I SCOTTISH RECORD OFFICE West
Register House. Charlotte Square. 556 6585. Mon-Fri IUam-4pm.
Strange Revolutions: Scotland 1688—89 L'ntil further notice.
I STEP GALLERY 39 Howe Street. 556
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