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Page portrait backed by popular demand

A request from the local community to show a Jim Page portrait permanently at Coldstream museum has led to an entire exhibition dedicated to the artist this summer.

The event is due to run from the end of July to November and organisers are calling on anyone who has information about Jim Page (1914-2009) or anyone who owns any of his work, to participate by sharing their knowledge or lending their artwork to the museum for the duration of the exhibition.

Page was a local historian and artist who depicted contemporary and historic scenes in his work. It is anticipated there will be a lot of local interest in the forthcoming retrospective as it covers both genres of History and Art.

Local artist Andrew Binnie, who’s portrait of Page will take pride of place at the exhibition, said: “Jim Page was one of those exceptional artists who was entirely self-taught, apart from some evening classes, and yet whose work was able to stand comparison with that of any professional painter.

“He was blessed with a natural talent which combined accuracy of drawing along with spontaneity of brushwork which is so essential in watercolour painting.

“His paintings of Coldstream and its surrounding landscape are notable for their freedom of handling. They were never overworked; he had the all-important knack of knowing when to stop.

“Jim was one of nature's gentlemen, and it was typical of him that he gave so freely of his time to encourage aspiring amateurs and beginners, many of whom benefited greatly from the regular painting sessions which he organised.

“It is good news to learn that this exhibition will bring together a body of Jim's work created over a number of years; it will be a fitting tribute to a fine artist.

Anyone who can provide more information on Jim or would be willing to loan any of his work to the exhibition should contact Duns Museum assistant curator Andrew Tulloch by email atulloch@liveborders1.org.uk. Or telephone 01361 884 114.