Aileen, Cindie and Mairi would like to wish you all the compliments of the season. We have appreciated so much support from our friends and customers as well as from our artists and suppliers. We’ve had a busy December thanks to you all. Our two Xmas Shopping weekends have been busy and we had a wee raffle which managed to raise £114 for the Howard Doris Centre in Lochcarron. Thank you. And, of course, we’ve kept things going despite the tricky snowy conditions up here in December!
Our current exhibition of small paintings will stay up for the rest of December and into January – very affordable art. We are open on Friday 22nd and Friday/Saturday 29th/30th. After this, we’re winding down a bit as this is a very quiet time of the year. In January we’ll be open Friday/Saturday 5th/6th – with a bargain box – and we are planning to close for the rest of the month to allow us to do a bit of reorganisation. However, if you’re passing at any time or want us to open up, please check or email us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
We’re looking forward to exciting new developments in 2018 which we’ll tell you about soon. Until then may we wish you a very happy time at Christmas and New Year. Let’s hope that 2018 is a good year for us all!
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 GrantAileen’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.
The Lochcarron Gallery is delighted to feature the work of several local artists in its opening show, including (top to bottom) Michael Stuart Green, Gillian Pattinson, Carol Cocks and Steven Proudfoot.