Allan and Sally are Keen to show art

Janet Camus' work is included in Reiver's Moon Gallery's opening exhibition
Janet Camus' work is included in Reiver's Moon Gallery's opening exhibition
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A GALLERY in Hawick concentrating on Borders artists is set to open its doors this Saturday.

Hawick provost Ron Smith and South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse are to attend the preview night for Reiver’s Moon Gallery tomorrow before it is opened to the public the following day.

Alan and Sally Keen are behind the new Buccleuch Street venue, with their first exhibition including works from Lilliesleaf’s Alex Hain, as well as Kenneth Allan, Janet Camus, Grace Connor, Stuart Frame, Sandy Jarvis, Ruth Johnston and Roddie Mackenzie.

Others to feature are Susan Morrison, Colin Philip, Gill Walton, Bella Wood, Caddon Design, Kristl Tiaras and Light and Colour Studio.

Although from Kent, Sally explains the title of their new venture comes directly from their new hometown.

“The name came directly from the musical drama by Ian Landles and Alan Brydon called A Reiver’s Moon,” she said.

“The gallery will focus on the works of Borders artists and predominantly artists from the local Hawick area.

“Neither myself nor my husband have any previous experience of running a gallery and neither of us are artists, but we do both have a love of art.

“My husband retired in 2011 after 35 years in the civil service and I have worked at director level in administration and finance for the past 20 years, predominantly in the construction industry.

“Having spent most of our holidays in Scotland for the past 20 years, we bought our home in Hawick four years ago as a holiday home and quickly fell in love with the town and its people.”

The couple made their move permanent after Alan retired and Sally left her job.

She added: “I knew that I wasn’t ready to fully retire from working life and wanted to take on something that would be a new challenge.

“Our love of art, the excellent art club in Hawick and the lack of a local gallery made the choice pretty easy.”

Seven of the artists for the opening exhibiton are Hawick-based and two have never shown their work in a gallery before.

Sally said: “In addition, we have established a relationship with the art department at Hawick High School and we are displaying on an exhibition-only basis the work of one of this year’s advanced higher students – Megan Rae.

“We intend to have special exhibitions in liaison with the high school and hopefully other Hawick schools in the future.”

Reiver’s Moon Gallery will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.