NEW Luce’s Caroline McQuistin is one of a number of Wigtownshire artists taking part in next month’s Spring Fling.

Caroline is currently studying at Edinburgh Napier University but is uncertain about where she will end up and is soon off to the USA for a teaching role and road trip.

Her ultimate ambition would be to work for a magazine such as National Geographic. But Dumfries and Galloway, and her parents’ farm near New Luce, have a constant draw for her.

She said: “My portfolio for my university application was pictures of our farm. Later I did a university project ‘good with their hands’ where I went back to the farm and created a photo story.

“I even had to give up my part-time job, which isn’t easy as a student, because I needed more time for photo shoots. To be honest I don’t think I’ll ever stop taking photos there.”

Caroline is also interested in the themes of minorities, gender roles and equality – she has previously photographed a woman livestock auctioneer, who was one of just two in Scotland at the time.

Caroline’s parents on their New Luce farm.

She will be exhibiting in this year’s Spring Fling at Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet.

This weekend sees the opening of a 15th anniversary exhibition dedicated to art collections created due to the annual Spring Fling open studios event.

Ever since its beginnings in 2003, private and public collectors have taken the opportunity to invest in art and craft by emerging and established artists and makers across Dumfries and Galloway.

Collected: 15 Years of Spring Fling, takes place at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, until May 13.

The annual event has had a wide impact, with people buying everything from paintings, original prints, photography, glassware and sculpture to beautify their homes to jewellery and clothes for themselves or their loved ones.

Figures indicate that well over 130,000 people made nearly 378,000 studio visits between 2003 and 2016.

Among them have been the Dias and Hudspeth family, from London, who have attended all but two Spring Flings. They have loaned 14 pieces to the exhibition including a cake stand by glassmaker Amanda Simmons, ceramics by Andy Priestman and Clare Dawdry and a quadtych of Galloway trees by Claire Cameron-Smith.

To find out more click here: Spring Fling