Three artists from Lochcarron have opened a new art gallery and craft shop in the heart of the village. Cindie Reiter, Aileen Grant and Mairi Young (pictured left to right) have teamed up to transform the former butcher’s shop on Main Street into an exciting new artspace which opened to visitors at Easter, 2016.
The new venture aims to create a new focal point for the visual arts in the Lochcarron area, showcasing original art and crafts by local people as well as guest artists from all over Scotland.
The opening exhibition will include paintings, etchings, mezzotints, textile art, ceramics, silverwork, sculpture and craftwork. Helena Emmans will be showing off her silk windings and spoons, and there will be original paintings by Jonathan Shearer, etchings by Cat Outram, mezzotints by Rona MacLean and one of Elaine Allison’s intriguing sculptures. Ceramicists Patricia Shone from Skye and Hilke MacIntyre from Fife have also promised work as well as Lochcarron’s own Susan Duncan. Sitting alongside these works will be paintings by local artists (including Michael Stuart Green, Gillian Pattinson, Carol Cocks and Steven Proudfoot) as well as the three resident artists’ own paintings, etchings, linocuts, mosaics and hand-made wool rugs.
The gallery will also be selling a selection of hand-made crafts, cards, jewellery, candles, soaps and other small gift items, all made in the Highlands. The three artists also hope it will be a great new addition to the South West Ross Arts and Eats Trail.
There will be regular exhibitions and installations throughout the year and a programme of creative workshops, aimed at local residents and visitors.
The artists explain: “We are aiming to establish a space which is more than an art gallery – a place where people can come to see high-quality, affordable original art, and find out more about contemporary art and artists. We also want people to come and try new things, like printmaking. In this way we hope to serve the local community and create a new kind of visitor attraction.”