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Miniature Masterpieces exhibited in Kelso

The 'world's smallest engraver' Graham Short is putting on an exclusive show in Kelso.

Earning the tag for his miniature masterpieces, Graham has spent almost 50 years honing his craft, going to physical and mental extremes to produce among the highest-quality engravings in the world.

Among his best known work is 'The Lord's Prayer', engraved on the head of a gold pin, which is so small a microscope is required to see it.

He will be at Kelso's Art House Gallery from 1pm on Sunday 30th June.


Kendal mintcake igloo

One of the strangest installations of Kendal's Street Arts festival 'Mint Fest' will be an igloo -made entirely from Kendal Mint cake.

The idea is the brainchild of artist Richard DeDomenici who was inspired by explorers such as Edmund Hilary and Ernest Shackleton.

Richard will use 64 giant slabs of the mint cake to make the igloo over two days, before eating his way out of it.Richard said:

"We will be working with very big blocks so this is uncharted territory. Nobody has ever tried to do anything like this with Mint Cake before.

"The project is linked to explorers like Shackleton who used Kendal Mint Cake on his trips and built igloos. We are embracing his spirit of exploration and uncertainty and this project is a journey into the unknown. We are genuinely not sure what will happen."

– Richard DeDomenici

His previous works have been seen at venues including the Edinburgh Festival and the National Theatre. He has performed as far afield as Beijing, Iceland and New York.

Joined-up art

A joiner who has a passion for art has opened his first exhibition - in a Carlisle pub.

As a youngster Colin Beck gave up art, because his father told him to get a trade.

He became a joiner but took up his hobby again about seven years ago.

Speaking to ITV Border, Colin explained that his paintings are simply the expression of his thoughts and feelings.

Photography exhibition Hawick

A new photography exhibition that has been described as 'vivid and varied' is on display at Hawick Museum.

It features the work of Hawick born photographer Robin Chapman.

One of the photographs Credit: Robin Chapman

The museum say the exhibition, which is called 'A Teri's eye view' reflects Robin’s interest not only in the countryside but also in the art of photography, composition and post-process techniques – all of which is displayed to stunning effect.

The exhibition shows many familiar and unfamiliar places in Scotland.

One of the photographs Credit: Robin Chapman


'Unusual' Traquair art

Traquair House Credit: ITV Border

Artwork is being hidden around Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, as part of a contemporary art exhibition which explores the history and heritage of the historic building.

Seven artists have created the works, taking their inspiration from books and patterns already in the house.

The owner of Traquair house, Catherine Maxwell-Stuart, explained to our reporter Jenny Longden that the works of art on display.

A bear made form Archery targets Credit: ITV Border

She said: "It involves seven artists producing installations and interventions in the house and also in the grounds and a couple of the pavilions.

"Some of them are quite subtle, almost historical reflections, and taking their inspiration from the history of the house, the different stories in the house, and producing some really unusual works of art'

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