We’ve been up and running now for a month (how time flies!) and all the time we’re increasing our range of gifts.We are stocking various candles and diffusers from the Isle of Skye Candle Company and also a variety of Skye Meadowsweet’s products including soap, handcream, shampoo and midge lotion.
Under the heading of ‘things to wear’ we have some cute little aprons for children by Sue Colbourne (£7), colourful handwarmers and headbands by our own Mairi (10 – £20), beautiful brooches by Fighe (£12 and £15), and crochet shawls by Ingrid (£49.95-£75). In fact, one of the ranges we stock is ‘Wearable Art’ – handpainted originals made into brooches by Skye-based artist Marion Boddy Evans (£35). For real luxury – that special gift – we are lucky to have from established artist, Emma Noble, scarves, men’s ties, and pocket squares in silkscreen-printed silk. Truly beautiful unique pieces!
We also have beautifully handcrafted household objects. In addition to Mairi’s handknitted woollen rugs, Jenny Hendry’s hot water bottles with crochet covers (£25) have proved popular at this time of year. We have various cushions – Jean Stewart’s amazing chenille cushions (£22.50) and Frances Pearce’s colourful batik cushions (£33 and £35) . A great gift for an artist would be Emma Siedle-Collins’ sketchbook with a stitched textile cover (£30). And Jenny Hey’s felt iPad cover (£50) is a potential gift for all ages.
We’re aiming to have a range of quality gifts to suit all pockets. And of course we have lots of cards. In fact, everything you need for that special gift. Please drop in for a look and a chat.
Perhaps you can tell this was a butcher’s shop up until a couple of years ago – the blue and white colours are a bit of a give-away. It lay vacant for 18 months and the three of us were sad to see nothing happening here. But we’re fully up and running now, stocked with lots of art and gifts. We’ve done this all on a shoestring, re-using second-hand or discarded shop fittings and bits of furniture from our own houses, painting wine racks and shelves as display stands – all part of our sustainability agenda.
We’ve also left a reference to the former use – we’ve still got the cold store with its meat hooks. So far so good. And thanks to our first visitors – we think we’re already becoming known as a good stopping point on the North Coast 500 route.
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.