We at Hangar Framing are delighted to welcome a wonderful group of 10 artists to the studio to exhibit their work and inspire others through painting and art! The exhibition, Ten, by the Athelstaneford Art Groups will be running 6 – 20 May and we welcome you all to come and have a look around.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
I have been interested in painting and drawing the figure for as long as I can remember but life and all its distractions kept getting in the way and it wasn’t until I took early retirement a few years ago that I had more time to concentrate on art. Studying at Leith School of Art and also with some inspiring tutors helped me gain experience of using different media and painting techniques. I now work with oils, acrylics and watercolour. I also enjoy drawing with charcoal, ink and pastel. Painting from life is my preferred subject, particularly portraiture or making quick gesture sketches to capture the movement and energy of the model.
Studied Fine Art Sculpture at Cheltenham, woodcarving with Zigrid Sapietis R.S.S., painting (Leith School of Art) with Paul Martin.
She lives and works in Athelstaneford East Lothian, drawing, painting and from time to time running Art Workshops. She worked for many years as an Art Therapist, she is currently also training as a Mindfulness Teacher and continues to explore ways to incorporate these rich experiences into her approach to creativity and art making.
Her work derives from a mixture of private commissions, portraits of people and animals – to landscapes and still life, using a range of media. Through her abiding interest in people, animals, nature and the “Journey of Life”, she delights in bringing the character of the subject alive through the rendering of the hues. Thin washes of colour interplay with thicker layers, giving the works a richer intensity of vocabulary.
Work has been commissioned throughout Britain and as far afield as France Australia and Canada.
- Numerous Private Commissions
- Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland – Past President
- Invitation design – Opening of Personal Investment Managers McInroy and Wood new offices.
- James Thurber’s Stepdaughter
- Large Collage – Clarissa Dickson Wright
- An original painting of Kata Tjuta was reproduced as complimentary book marks for visitors to Australia’s Uluru National Park, Environment and Heritage Parks Dept. one of which was given to President Bill Clinton on an official visit.
- Emma has exhibited at:
- Art at St Mary’s Kirk, Haddington May 2017
- Hecla Gallery, Cockenzie House, Port Seton
- East Linton Art Exhibition 2016
- Edinburgh Gallery
- Anthony Woodd
- Peter Potter Gallery
- Hanover Fine Arts
- Dirleton Gallery
- 3 Harbours Festival 2012/13
- The Glebe Gallery, Dunbar
- The Gillies Centre (Edinburgh International Festival)
- Dalkeith Arts Centre
- Lennoxlove House
- North Berwick Art Fair
- Athelstaneford Scottish Open Gardens Scheme 2014
- Macmillan Art Show Dovecot Studios Edinburgh
- She has had a number of ‘Invitation only’ Exhibitions, including at McInroy and Wood Investment Managers- Haddington
- St Andrews Blackadder Easter Exhibitions – North Berwick 2011/12/13/16/17
- Cheltenham Festival 2012
- The Lighthouse Glasgow – MS Revive Exhibition 2012
Jancis Bennetta Gay
I live in East Lothian and like mountains and the sea.
The outdoors is a never-ending source of inspiration for me and my painting. I enjoy exploring the upland landscapes and coastline of Scotland and the North of England. I am always trying to capture the constant movement and change happening within a landscape, and the influence on my perception of seasons, weather, the time of day or my own mood. In this way, my work reflects my sense of connection to the natural world.
Rose McBain Johnston
I have enjoyed learning how to paint since I retired and now enjoy doing both human and animal portraits.
Having lived and worked in London. Rome, Treviso, Venice and various parts of Scotland I am now settled in a village in East Lothian; living “la dolce vita”, painting and teaching in my garden studio and travelling to my beloved Italy whenever possible.
I studied with exceptional tutors at Leith School of Art for three years and, always needing and wanting to learn, continue to do courses there from time to time.
The figure is important in my work, always the starting point and recurring themes are moments of transition, a moment captured or a statue, often an angel, an exploration into the static.
The work of Egon Shiele continues to inspire my work and challenge my thinking.
I have exhibited in Edinburgh, Peebles and East Lothian and hope to set up an exhibition at a gallery in Italy next year.
Current and future exhibitions:
5th April-3rd May Solo exhibition at The Roseleaf Bistro, Sandport Place, Leith
21-23rd April M.S. Charity Art Show at the Tall Ships, Glasgow
5-8th May Group exhibition at East Linton Community Hall
12-18th May Group exhibition at The Dundas Street Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh.
5-13th August East Lothian Open Studios (The Garden Studio, 5 Preston Road, East Linton)
Janet was an arts and crafts teacher for many years before studying with The Open College of the Arts and at Leith School of Art where she concentrated on developing her unique style of painting. She is now a full time artist.
Her main theme is Scottish Dancers and Janet uses mixed media to describe the look of the tartan and to capture the movement of the dancing. The aim is to invoke a sense of pride and nostalgia while putting a modern twist on these ancient, traditional dances.
Many galleries throughout Scotland are now showing Janet’s work and her paintings have been sold internationally. St Columba’s Hospice has used Janet’s paintings for cards and calendars and The Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society have used them to illustrate their annual review.
Originally from Lanarkshire, Janet now lives in East Lothian and works from a studio in her home. www.janetmccrorieartist.co.uk
I came to live in rural East Lothian in 2014 and have been a part time student with the Leith School of Art over the last 10 years learning drawing, painting and printmaking.
I have been drawing on the tradition within printmaking of capturing the simple lines and graphic architectural beauty of buildings and maps. The classic natural beauty of the rural landscape and wildlife of East Lothian inspires, draws the gaze and wins unquestioning praise. In contrast, the industrial landmarks within this setting are often seen as scars on the landscape, unappreciated, even reviled. The inspirations for my current work are the vast modernist forms that are set in the open rural landscape, such as the Dunbar Cement Works, Torness nuclear power station and the new Viridor plant.