Variorum - a colourful collection at the Bonhoga Gallery

by Alastair Hamilton -

Other exhibitions are also attracting attention and it helps that Shetland has some excellent gallery spaces within which the work of local and visiting artists can be properly shown.

Brian Henderson's collection of paintings, at Da Gadderie in Shetland Museum and Archives, has been drawing many admirers of his work. Meanwhile, twins Barbara and Wilma Cluness have a show called Variorum at the Bonhoga Gallery.

Bonhoga is an exhibition space that occupies a restored water mill in the valley of Weisdale. It's a delightful place to be, with a café in a conservatory overlooking the stream. Sightings of a heron often accompany some delicious coffee and cake.

Upstairs, in the main gallery, the Cluness sisters have created one of the most varied, eclectic and colourful exhibitions seen for many years. It features many paintings along with decorated ceramics, fabrics, lampshades and furniture. The ceramics include beautifully-painted tiles and teapots. The furniture – tables, chairs and small cabinets, as well as a sofa with a throw – is decorated with hand-painted depictions of flowers.

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