Local artist brightens Queen’s Park with outdoor exhibition

Winter is definitely upon us as dark mornings and nights have become the norm.

And with many of us doing our socialising outside in Glasgow’s green spaces, being able to see a splash of colour is something we all feel grateful for.

We can thank people like Rothnie for that, a local artist who has installed some of her colourful works in Queen’s Park for residents to feast their eyes upon.

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“This year has been a real struggle with artists looking for creative ways to show their art,” said Rothnie.

“During this very strange time of pandemic I found that art became a vital coping mechanism for dealing with the stress and worry of lockdown and isolation from friends and family.

Rothnie’s art.

“I wanted to share my work because at a time of isolation it helps to know others are also in the same boat and feel connected.”

Her first artistic opportunity came in the form of an Art Zine published by the new gallery “The Alchemy Experiment” on Byres road.

Rothnie’s art

The gallery collated works from a wide variety of creatives into a book raising money for various charities as their physical opening was delayed because of covid-19 restrictions.

Now, her work adorns the Queen’s Park Arena, funded by the Govanhill Community Development Trust and Inhouse Events CIC.

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Rothnie added: “Taking my daily walks during the summer I was aware that a number of local businesses had commissioned public art for their shutters and outdoor walls and I found these to be joyous hope filled images to see in the community.

“My art takes a lot of influence from street art and I had always wanted to show my own images outdoors and share with my neighbours and even indulged in painting my windows.

Rothnie’s art

“Queens Park Arena decided that as they could not run their usual live events because of social distance concerns they would like to use the space they had for an outdoor exhibition and invited applications from local artists; this seemed like the ideal opportunity.

“Five of my paintings were chosen to be turned into posters and put up on the outside of the Arenas stage area so that the community could view and read about the art. The exhibition “Pandemic and Protests” will run over the next couple of weeks adding a splash of colour to dark wintery walks in the park.”

Follow Rothnie on Instagram at @rothnie_artist

Have you seen any pretty pieces of walk on your daily walks in Glasgow? Send us pictures to news@glasgowlive.co.uk

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