The first, with a set up on Friday afternoon is the Pitlochry Art Walk Festival. Instigated by Annie, from the Melt Gallery in Pitlochry, this is the first one of it's kind there. Annie, an American who used to have the Stenhouse Cafe and Gallery in Crieff, and is also a jewellery maker, has taken the idea of the 'art walk' from the US arts scene. Whilst we have Open Studios, and we have studio trails & festivals, this a focus for one week with shops becoming galleries.
I am lucky to be partnered with the venue "Just the Ticket", which is the town centre ticket office for the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
I will be sharing the gallery space with Cairine MacGillivray, who paints beautiful landscapes and seascapes. We are totally different, but will complement each other with our use of colour!
Beach Idyll by Cairine MacGillivray
The Art Walk starts on Saturday 20th until the Sunday 28th June 2015.
Just the Ticket can be found on the High Street in Pitlochry.
In case I don't get the time to post again, I will then be exhibiting for the first time with the Strathearn Art Gallery in Crieff. Very excited (!!!). I have been working on some new pieces for this exhibition, some of them have been works in progress on my Facebook page, and have had a great response from my 'fans' as they have progressed.
The 'Celebrating Summer' exhibition opens on the 11th July, so I had better get grouting…
Finally, the last piece of work that I have been progressing - still not quite completed so here are a couple of WIP shots - is for the Crieff Arts Festival which takes place over the weekend of the 22nd / 23rd August. Each shop window in the town becomes a mini-exhibition site, and this year, again, I will be in Snip, Tack and Sew.
The remit of being in a shop window is very different than the usual detailed mosaics that I now make. It has to be much bolder, so that it is clear from a distance what you are trying to portray. With this one, the concept pinged into my head following an image of a bird on a treehouse, which triggered this. I used mostly bathroom tiles (which are so cumbersome after cutting lots of bone china mugs), but Sue's very special brown mug is the birds wing and face. Add in a few glass nuggets made from glass scraps…
I also used a new technique for me, which I learnt on the Laurel True workshop, with a severe hangover, after the BAMM forum! So glad that I managed to absorb enough info that day to be able to do it again!
Here is the flyer for the Crieff Arts Festival, to complete your enjoyment of my blog!