2008 Seven Simultaneous Exhibitions of Painting, Craft & Photography
Open 12 – 5 pm daily, 1st July – 31st August
Children, Students, Unwaged:
This German-born Thurso artist has recently shot to fame winning prizes for her dramatic photographs of northern landscapes. She brings a fresh eye to secret and magical locations with her beautifully composed images.
Joanne B. Kaar
Joanne has pioneered the craft of paper-making in her studio on Dunnet Head. During 2007 she undertook a three-month residency in Durness devising many novel projects with local residents and school children. Presented here as a “canoe full of books” this installation records all her adventures in many delightful handmade volumes.
In recent years, the Lybster area has seen a new vitality in the applied arts. North Lands Creative Glass, North Shore Pottery and Patricia Niemann Jewellery have paved the way for a new generation of makers, like Katrina Ross, who is showing a considerable talent for attractive and creative jewellery.
Three Caithness Artists whose lives span the period from the late nineteenth to early twentyfirst centuries
D. B. Keith
D. B. Keith (1891-1979) was a prominent Caithness painter from the 1940’s onwards and founded the Society of Caithness Artists. This show features the collection which Robert Maitland has amassed over many years and covers both his Scottish and continental work. During his lifetime his colourful work found its way into many Caithness homes, including the Castle of Mey. This is an opportunity to view over forty works by an artist who, although he died almost thirty years ago, has a legendary reputation as someone who kept the spirit of painting alive for many years.
David Rosie (born 1953) came to painting after many years at sea and graduated from Glasgow School of Art. David, both musician and artist, has produced art with a wide repertoire of both scale and style. This show displays recent work in an attractive collage style.
Joze Hicks (born 1991 – 100 years after D. B. Keith) is just starting his career, learning to develop an eye and to place a line with the exactness which all artists have to master. His work already shows great promise and we look forward to seeing where it might lead.
Textile Work by eight Scottish Makers
For this exhibition Freyja King-MacGregor has assembled an Aladdin’s Cave of fabrics, tapestry, garments and soft furnishings in contrasting styles. The display showcases the considerable talents of makers from all over Scotland and brings together innovative ideas with some more traditional work in an irresistible kaleidoscope of colour and texture.The exhibition features: ANTA, whose beautiful and stylish fabrics, cushions and throws have gained iconic status in the Highlands and around the world; Evelyn Gunn, from Wick, whose hats are made to an impressively high standard; Flora McPherson, who uses recycled fabrics and yarns to create new rugs and bags and Ruth Black who makes 3D embroidered tweed and felt objects.
The remaining four makers bring a great sense of fun to the exhibition: Orkney’s Tait and Style are showing a striking range of items, from pincushions and key rings to knitted and felted scarves; Donna Wilson shows her soft toys and charming baby-blankets; Jeanette Sendler whose scarves and wall hangings are inspired by the landscape of Shetland and lastly Mostess Aprons whose stunning 1950’s-inspired aprons will have even the least domesticated reaching for the cookery books.