Festive Open 2019

by Stephanie Cullen - 10:48 on 17 January 2020


As a number of people may know by now, For Arts Sake will be closing at the end of this year but don’t worry, business will run as usual with all our stock simply moving to Number 25! It will be sad to say goodbye to the old building which has housed our goods for a number of years but at least we’re leaving it on a good note with our annual Festive Open Exhibition.

If you’re looking for gift ideas or simply something to put you in the festive spirit, we have some fabulous felted mice topped with Santa hats by Stephanie Cullen, a red Christmas teddy by Kim Burns or some beautiful zip cases by Gina Patterson. Gina’s cases are made with unique designs, one features a stitched depiction of the Ring of Brodgar, and they’re finished off with fluffy pom-poms to give that extra flair. We also have handmade necklaces by Ellie Morrow for sale, these have been made with a slow process of layering colour and resin then finished with real silver garnish, the results being a lovely marble and flecked centre piece with fine binding to centre it to its chain.

This year seems to have been popular for abstract pieces, Kailey Layne has been offering some very popular classes at Number 25, the results of which are on display in our exhibition. Kailey layers acrylic, mediums and even polyfiller to create highly textured expressive pieces. Her Cloud Studies feature blue and white forms, offering something calming and contemplative. On the other hand, we have collaborative pieces by Vernon and Lily Bradley in warm tones with pitted textures and slashed strokes which are more enlivening than relaxing.

If abstract isn’t for you, then we have a number of pictures by Mac Dodge which are studies of the Highland Park distillery, landscapes of St. Margaret’s Hope by Clive Strutt and a fine snowy painting of two figures walking down a farm trail by Liz Rickard. The Orkney-touch isn’t missing from this display!

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