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Festive Open Exhibition 2018

by Stephanie Cullen - 10:26 on 03 January 2019

 

    We’ve had a brilliant year at For Arts Sake, with more customers, more gallery visitors and plenty of lovely exhibitions featuring the work of both new and well-kent faces. It’s good to end the year on a positive note with our annual Festive Open Exhibition which features the work of a number of local artists.

    Yet again we have a wide range of works, ranging from small felted goods to enormous acrylic paintings. If there’s folk still looking for unique Christmas presents, we definitely have a few options! Gina Patterson has entered two beautifully decorated notebooks that have an elaborate Celtic owl design in shiny metallic colours, they’re almost too bonnie to use! Anne Lea has given us more of her gorgeous shawls to display and sell, while Kim Burns has entered a fantastic felted cushion in which one can search for the “groatie buckie” hiding among its felted stone counterparts.

    On our walls, we have some brilliant paintings, drawings, felt pictures and more! There is pebble art by Kathleen Keldie, a flowing felt and bead waterfall by Mary Harris or a marvellous comic-like sketch by Martin Laird which features Edwin Harrold, the founder of Happy Valley, joyfully pedalling a bike on the land he cultivated. Our largest piece to be entered this year, however, has to be an acrylic work by Mac Dodge who has painted a fiddle player all in blues, clearly inspired by Orkney Blues Festival, the picture is a great tribute to it and certainly conjures a similar emotional response in the viewer as the music would.

    There are plenty more treasures to see in our gallery, there has simply been too many entries this year to mention each one so we would like to thank all those people that have entered into the exhibition! Yet again, the local artists have answered our call for submissions with enthusiasm and astounding work, Orkney is never short of talent!

The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10-5 and Saturdays, 10-4.


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