Established by painter, Virginie Renard and her partner, photographer Stephen Whitehorne, the White Fox Gallery was launched in Coldstream in October 2013. Originally located within the Arts & Crafts Centre at the Hirsel, the couple quickly established their reputation in providing something new and different, at first by displaying their own unique art and design works but then, later, by also taking on a few other carefully selected artists and makers. Thus, the White Fox theme became an extension of Stephen and Virginie’s own personal passion: a celebration of landscape and of the natural world expressed through beautiful creations for the home.
By late 2016, Stephen and Virginie were looking to expand, building on the success of 3 years at the Hirsel. They were also seeking a larger space and the opportunity to spread their ‘creative wings’, so to speak. It was therefore, with perfect timing it seemed, that in January 2017 the couple were given the opportunity to move into the premises of, what had been up till then, the Coldstream Gallery. So here, in its new, far more spacious ‘den’ on the high street, the White Fox is now free to embrace a wonderfully diverse range of beautiful and inspiring fine art, design and craft; a dream made real!
From artists’ greetings cards to original artworks, enjoy browsing at your leisure in the friendly, informal atmosphere of our new gallery in the heart of Coldstream. We stock the very best of an eclectic mix of contemporary fine arts and crafts and are proud to represent the diverse and creative talents of Fine artists and makers for which the Scottish Borders and Northumberland are renowned. We also display work from more distant shores: national and international.
And no need to rush during your visit! At the White Fox Gallery we serve tea, coffee, home baked cakes and scones so you can take your time to linger and relax. Why not drop by? we would love to welcome you in our new bright and spacious gallery, but if really you can’t make it to Coldstream, we hope that you will feel inspired by the vast array of superb art and craft works which we are now able to also offer online.
Virginie and Stephen
And, if you still want to know a little more about us, here are a few credentials…
Stephen has worked as a successful photographer for nearly three decades both commercially and in a fine art context. Over this period, Stephen has produced an extensive range of magnificent photographs which he is now offering for sale, ready mounted and framed*.
Trained in the traditional days of film photography, Stephen continues to apply to the digital age the same exactitude in his craft, always attempting to get his pictures right in camera. The resulting photographs are superb and demonstrate a total artistic mastery of technique, light and composition. They are produced as Giclee limited edition prints, printed on Fine art archival paper.
Stephen is also a photography tutor and guest lecturer. He runs regular photographic workshops from the White Fox Gallery (please see our Events page for more details). Born in Bournemouth, Stephen was awarded a diploma in photographic studies from Bournemouth & Poole College in 1985. For a number of years, whilst establishing himself as a photographer, he was based in London. He then moved to Edinburgh, following a contract in the Highlands, working as photography tutor for Inversnaid Photography Centre. He now lives and works in the Scottish Borders with his partner, Virginie Renard.
* Mounted and framed photographic prints are only available from our gallery. For purchases made from the online shop, prints are sold without mount or frame.
Virginie’s life’s path has been rich and varied. Originally from France, she has finally settled in the Scottish Borders, having lived in the north of France, Provence in the south of France, Mauritania and Bukina Faso in Africa, Paris, Lancaster, London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Trained at Glasgow School of Art, Virginie graduated from the Murals Studies department in 1984 with a 2.1 Hons degree in Fine Art. In the last few years, she has discovered a new strand to her creativity. Her current work looks at ways of applying what would be considered Fine Art to the creation of everyday objects, blurring in effect the divide between Art and Craft. She currently predominantly paints in acrylic although she would generally use Colourman Paints Ltd reproduction paints range for her larger furniture creations. These paints have been manufactured to reproduce the characteristics of an XVIIIth century buttermilk paint recipe. Once cured, these are very durable and are traditionally finished with wax or varnished with a UV resistant non yellowing varnish.
Having been trained to work on a large scale, Virginie is also finding an exiting new challenge in creating beautiful one-off miniature paintings which she then crafts into jewellery. Her Art to Love and to Wear pieces, which bears her signature at the back, are completely unique and always very different, depending on her source of inspiration. Thus, they can be quirky or captivating, abstract or figurative, contemporary or ‘vintage’, nostalgic, dreamy, exotic …
Beside what she offers at the gallery, Virginie is also available for commissions (please contact her through the Contacts page).