Bute furniture on show at Glasgow exhibition

Ray Beverley with his contribution to the Scottish Furniture Makers' Association's annual exhibition in Glasgow.

Ray Beverley with his contribution to the Scottish Furniture Makers' Association's annual exhibition in Glasgow.

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WORK by a Bute furniture-maker has gone on display at a prestigious exhibition at a Glasgow art gallery this week.

Ray Beverley is one of more than 30 artisan furniture-makers exhibiting at ‘The Art of Furniture Art’, the annual show by the Scottish Furniture Makers’ Association.

The exhibition, at The Lighthouse in the city’s Mitchell Lane (between Buchanan Street and Mitchell Street), runs until October 21 and features many fascinating creations, from chairs and tables to beds and chests of drawers – though those bare descriptions do little justice to some beautiful pieces.

Ray’s own contribution is ‘Meltwater’, a high-backed chair with a running stream motif which he describes as “a bit of fun”, and which perhaps was ever-so-slightly inspired by the streams which run down the hills around his workshop at Mecknoch, on the island’s west coast, during spells of heavy rain.

“I’m in awe of some of the exhibitors,” Ray told The Buteman at the opening of the event. “Some of the creations are absolutely stunning. If you’re a ‘woody’ person, like me, you’ll love it.”

The Art of Furniture Art is at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for architecture and design, from 10.30am to 5pm (12 noon to 5pm on Sunday) until Sunday, October 21.