About Us

Dancing Light Gallery is an exciting rural art gallery with changing exhibitions throughout the year where you can find landscape, wildlife and figurative paintings as well as hand-made original prints and photographs.

We also exhibit beautiful sculpture, glass, wood and ceramics and we have a selection of hand-made jewellery on show in silver, gold and other media. Our textile work ranges from scarves to handbags, using some of our finest Scottish wools and fabrics.

All of the work on show is truly unique.

We're at Whitmuir The Organic Place, where you will also find a restaurant and food hall in a contemporary low-energy building powered by renewable energy. Whitmuir is less than 45 minutes from Edinburgh and 25 minutes from Peebles.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday

Contact Us

Dancing Light Gallery
by Lamancha
West Linton
Scottish Borders
EH46 7BB

Phone: 01968 660200

VAT No: GB 553 5364 38


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Our Opening Exhibition

Exhibition 2 - Beauty And The Bog

Exhibition 3 - Awakenings

Exhibition 4 - Natural Impressions

Exhibition 5 - Summertime

Exhibition 6 - Festival

Exhibition 7 - Harvest

Exhibition 8 - Christmas 2010

Exhibition 9 - Promise

Exhibition 10 - Mothers and Daughters

Exhibition 11 - Dawn Chorus

Exhibition 12 - As The Crow Flies

Peebles Arts Festival 2011

Exhibition 13 - Wayfarers

Exhibition 14 - Land, Sea, Sky

Exhibition 15 - Christmas 2011

Exhibition 16 - Odyssey

Exhibition 17 - Transience

Exhibition 18 - Lighthearted

Exhibition 19 - Summer 2012

Exhibition 20 - Landlines

Exhibition 21 - Shorelines

Exhibition 22 - Winter 2012

Exhibition 23 - Spring 2013

Exhibition 24 - Winter 2013

Exhibition 26 - Spring 2014

Exhibition 27 - Festival 2014

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Dancing Light Gallery
Winter 2014

The autumn colours are absolutely glorious here as we unpack and unwrap the new deliveries for our Winter Exhibition. Take a look at our new Facebook page (click here) through the week, and see the new works as they're unpacked and hung on display.

Join us for a drink at the opening of our Winter Exhibition from 12 midday till 3pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October. This is our biggest mixed exhibition of the year and it's the ideal opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gift!

Distant Hills by Karen Sinclair Willis
Evening Sun by Grace McDonald Cameron
Distant Hills
Karen Sinclair Willis
Evening Sun
Grace McDonald Cameron

Six artists are exhibiting with us for the first time and in this exhibition we have five returning artists, so there’s lots to see! Dianne King will be here on Saturday 25 October showing her new Memories of Water jewellery collection and explaining her techniques and influences; see below for images of her work.

We’ve discovered two fantastic new ceramic makers, Gabrielle Rucinski and Lynne Hutchinson and you’ll be delighted to hear that Stef Ottevanger has sent us some gorgeous new animal sculptures. On top of all this, we have our usual extensive selection of hand-made original glass, jewellery and wood.

Scroll down to see just some of the works in the exhibition and simply click on any image to see a larger version.

New Artists

Poppy by Sharon Griggs Currently studying Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Sharon Griggs captures the intricacies of the plant world in water colour and coloured pencil, making the subject look as if it can be lifted right off the paper.

Mandy Haeburn LittleMandy Haeburn-Little’s work is inspired by her love of the coast. Her favourite medium is pastels, because of the sheer vibrancy of the colour, and its flexibility in blending and tones. Her drawings are like windows to another place – somewhere you can look out to and imagine yourself escaping to.

Two Blondes by Rachael  Kibbler
Two Blues by Rachael  Kibbler
Two Blondes
Rachael Kibbler
Two Blues
Rachael Kibbler

Another graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone University, Rachael Kibbler works on a larger scale. Her Reflections collection of paintings was inspired by the layers of reflections in shop windows which compete for our attention against the products inside. Rachael uses window displays with mannequins to convey the confusion of the “real world” by painting the mannequins as real people.

Life Amongst The Cats by Michael McVeigh Michael McVeigh always knew he would be an artist, excelling at art throughout his time at school and later graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He is passionate about painting and he draws inspiration from everything around him. His paintings have an ethereal quality, combining intricately painted places and scenes from real life with his own artistic imagination.

Winter Birch I by Craig Murray Regular visits to Speyside and the Outer Hebrides have been the inspiration for Craig Murray’s collection. Craig is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and his work often combines representations of the landscape whilst also cataloguing collections of objects which act as triggers of nostalgic memories and experiences.

Grace McDonald Cameron, an example of whose work you can see at the top of this page, is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone University. Her landscapes and seascapes of the west coast evoke the colours and textures of Scotland, bringing the viewer closer to this beautiful and ancient and ever-changing part of Scotland.

Returning Artists

Advocates Close by Penny Lyall
Cowgate by Penny Lyall
Advocates Close
Penny Lyall
Penny Lyall

Penny Lyall brings us a delightful collection of intimate mixed media paintings of Edinburgh Closes. Influenced by Scottish painters, Joan Eardley and William Gillies, Penny studied at Lincoln College of Art and in her paintings she tries to capture the atmosphere and movement in simple flowing strokes with colour and form.

Philip Raskin Philip Raskin’s seascapes combine the drama of huge skies with the movement and texture of wild seas. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, he exploits his chosen medium of acrylic paint to its fullest extent, achieving effects ranging from those more usually akin to watercolour to the impasto quality of oil. The combination of the two on a single canvas magically depicts the textures and indeed the very essence of native Scotland.

A native of the Shetland Isles, Karen Sinclair Willis studied art in Hereford and Derby before returning to Shetland. You can see from the image at the top of this page that her semi-abstract seascapes and landscapes are characterised by bright, vibrant colours. She loves variety and in quieter moments, she loves to paint in muted colours, using oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolours – all with equal enthusiasm.

Low Tide Inverie by Jim Woodman Jim Woodman’s work is noted for its strong vibrant colours that imbue stark landscapes with warmth and intensity. His inspiration is the landscape which he paints in oils and watercolours. His work celebrates the stark, moody beauty of the North West of Scotland and captures the emotions he experiences while visiting these places.

Kitten by Jennifer Young After graduating from the University of Washington, USA, Jennifer Young moved to Scotland in 2005. Her paintings of animals are strong and intuitive, often incorporating a background of dictionary pages, a map or old newspaper. By using thin layers of acrylic paint the print is often visible through the painted image, giving an almost haunting quality of transparency and impermanence.


Dianne King is an award winning jewellery designer-maker who specialises in one-off pieces and is returning to the Dancing Light Gallery with her new collection, Memory of Water.

Spindrift Amethyst Necklace by Dianne King
Cascade Necklace by Dianne King
Spindrift Amethyst Necklace
Dianne King
Cascade Necklace
Dianne King

These new pieces extend the ideas about memory of places, water patterns, and the poetic aspects of water that Dianne developed during the Farlin project, a collaboration between makers and poets in Fife and Shetland.

Offset Pearl Necklace by Natalie Vardey Natalie Vardey graduated from the Sir John Cass School of Art, London and has an illustrious career as a jeweller including making jewellery & objects d’art for Asprey & Gerrard.

Working in silver and gold, Natalie makes each piece by hand, using few machines and basic tools. She weaves fine threads into delicate necklaces, developing the traditional skills she was taught by her mother and grandmother.


Ceramics Selection by Gabrielle Rucinski Gabrielle Rucinski finds that the translucent qualities of porcelain and glass provide the ideal canvas for embossing texture and plant imagery. To achieve the desired effect she applies mineral oxides to create colour. Her work has been part of the ‘Artisans Collection’ in Wedgwood and has been on display in Leeds and East Lothian.


Works in Willow by Lise Bech Lise Bech has been weaving willow for over fifteen years. She has exhibited throughout the UK, in Europe and in USA and has brought a selection of work from her exhibition "This Beloved Earth" to show with us. Lise says: “Learning and living with this most elemental of crafts has allowed me to assist in its survival, and through intimate knowledge of my materials to create both functional and assymmetric forms which have their root in the landscape and share the beauty of nature.”


Loop Snood by Frances Teckkam Frances Teckkam’s designs are influenced by the historical use of patterns around the world to decorate everyday objects and surroundings. Working in natural fibres including some vintage and some upcycled yarns Frances creates handmade wearable pieces that are individual and beautiful with a personal and contemporary twist.

This is only a selection of what you can find in our Winter Exhibition - if you just can’t choose, remember we also have gift vouchers from £5.

If you're buying something special for Christmas, we can help keep your surprise a secret by putting it aside for you until the big day.
Parking is free and we recommend you book a table if you plan to visit the Whitmuir Farm Café. Call the restaurant direct on 01968 661 147 to book.

And finally, you can now "like" us on Facebook!

We look forward to seeing you!

Helen, Helen and Kirsten

Dancing Light Gallery