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Some of Scotland’s finest artists and makers will be showing their work at the new Lochcarron Gallery. Taking pride of place will be original paintings by Jonathan Shearer (who lives in Easter Ross), etchings by Cat Outram (Edinburgh), silk windings and silver spoons by Helena Emmans (Skye), paintings by Jenny Hepburn (Inverness), mezzotints by Rona MacLean (who grew up on Loch Lomondside), ceramics by Patricia Shone (Skye) and Hilke MacIntyre (Fife), and one of Edinburgh-based Elaine Allison’s intriguing sculptures.
The three local artists running the new Lochcarron Gallery will be highlighting work from all over the country, including Wester Ross, but they will also be displaying a selection of their own paintings, etchings, linocuts, mosaics and hand-made wool rugs.
Aileen Grant Aileen’s work focuses on the landscape and natural forms. She likes to explore the relationship between the built and the natural environment, drawing inspiration particularly from the sea and the hills. She works mostly in charcoal, ink, acrylic and graphite. She is also a printmaker producing linocuts, etchings, aquatints and monoprints. Favourite artists include Cezanne, Matisse and Schiele, the Scottish Colourists and the Canadian Group of Seven. She also loves Japanese art. She has exhibited in the open exhibitions of the RSA, RSW and VAS.
Cindie Reiter Cindie’s Little Fish Studio, like Lochcarron Gallery, is on Main Street, and this is where she paints in acrylic and watercolour, and also makes work using mixed media, textiles, paper and paint. Cindie says: “I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and I am constantly inspired by the beauty all around me. Living as I do, right beside the sea, I am captivated by the constant changes of light and colour and I try to capture that in my work. I am also inspired by minutiae, the unexpected little things that might otherwise be unnoticed because of the splendour of the landscape.”
Mairi Young Mairi is influenced by the changing light, the changing moods & the changing colours of the landscape. She makes various media-glass mosaics, silk-painting, watercolours, acrylic paintings & Lino prints. She also uses Harris Tweed selvedges to make 100% wool hand-knitted rugs.
The opening exhibition at the new Lochcarron Gallery will include paintings, etchings, mezzotints, textile art, ceramics, silverwork, sculpture and craftwork, created by the three gallery partners and special guests.
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 – and Daniel Young’s beautiful pig (above).
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.