Dancing Light Gallery
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!
Karen Sinclair Willis
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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