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01 March 2018The Beast From The East In Dumfries

I've been photographing the unusually heavy snow in Dumfries and topping up my Flickr account.



Orion harbinger of winter




03 February 2018Opening Night

Last night we opened Tales from the Shoreline of Infinity, an art exhibition celebrating ten issues of Shoreline of Infinity, Scotland's science fiction magazine. A large body of invited guests arrived for an evening of wonders and amazement in the wonderful Dumfries venue of the Yellow Door gallery at 16 Queen Street.

the guests arrive for our opening night.The entertainments included a rare showing of my animated movie Sunjammer (2008) featuring Noel Chidwick's song of the same name as performed by prog band Arbelos (now Painted Ocean). This was presented in the pend accompanied by a generous buffet created by local chef James Pickering.

the space barThe repast was washed down with a range of beverages gathered from around the galaxy. These came in a range of strengths to suit a variety of carbon-based life forms.

Local storyteller John Wheeler regaled the gathering with an excerpt from the Apple Bee by K E Macphee which features in Shoreline of Infinity issue 10, illustrated by my colleague Stephen Pickering. Stephen presented John with a print of the illustration by way of thanking him for helping launch our exhibition.steve and john the story teller.

The night's events were supported by a traditional Shoreline of Infinity Group raffle. Three extensive goody bags resplendent with rockets and rayguns, books, movies and artwork, were offered at just 50p per ticket. The audience rose to the occasion, buying 72 of the little blue tickets of joy. The winners left with their booty an additional bonus on a wonderful night of entertainment.

tris orion and steveThe culmination of the night arrived when interstellar journalist Tris Orion made a hazardous  journey into deep space to interview British Science Fiction Association nominate cover artist Stephen Pickering in his alien retreat. In an insightful interview, Tris unpicked the complex chain of events thaat brought Steve to his current position as a senior illuistrator and founding member of the Shoreline of Infinty Group.

The exhibition continues until 17th February with open workshops on illustration on each of the three Saturdays hosted by Steve or myself. See you there.

10 January 2018SF Art Exhibition In Dumfries

The Yellow Door Gallery will host an exhibition of art from Shoreline of Infinity Group.

the yellow door, queen street, dumfriesFrom Tuesday 30th January until Saturday 17th February, the Yellow Door Gallery in Queen Street, Dumfries, will become a nexus of the multiverse with an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures and more created by the artists who illustrate Shoreline of Infinity Magazine.an image from the shoreline of infinity

The group incudes local Dumfries artists Stephen Pickering, Siobhan McDonald and Mark Toner who will be hosting the exhibition. Expect an out of this world opening event on the evening of Friday 3rd February.

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