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By Fiona Reid
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Spring Fling was biggest yet

THE biggest ever Spring Fling weekend was a huge success, with scores of visitors dropping in at 104 art and craft studios across Dumfries and Galloway.

Artists and makers opened their doors to the public from last Friday to Monday, showing off their talents, creations and wares.

They exhibited painting, pottery, photography, woodwork, textiles, jewellery and more, in venues ranging from community spaces and caravans to the glorious Shambellie House at New Abbey.

Visitors were also able to see the new Spring Fling Rural Mural created on the walls of the boathouse overlooking the sea in Stranraer’s Agnew Park.

Lorna Phillips in her studio

Joanna Jones, from organisers Upland CIC, said: “It’s been another great year, with lots of visitors from all over Scotland and the rest of the UK enjoying studios from The Mull of Galloway and Stranraer to Moffat, and everywhere in between.

“We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along to browse, chat and buy — showing such great support and appreciation for the amazing creative community that we are so lucky to have in Dumfries and Galloway.

“And thanks also to all the artists and makers who took part — and spend so much time making preparations to welcome visitors into their studios and homes.

“Thanks also to Kilgallioch Community Fund, which supported the rural mural, as well as event funders Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Barfil Trust.”

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