Dancing Light Gallery
Another glorious summer day begins here at Dancing Light Gallery
as we put the finishing touches to our Festival Exhibition. We
are focusing on paintings and sculptures and I just know you’ll
be as excited as we are by the variety and quality of artworks
in the exhibition.
Our Festival Exhibition opening is on Saturday 30th
and Sunday 31st August from 12 midday until 3pm so
come along and join us for a drink.
We have some wonderful works on display; scroll down to see a
few of our new animal sculptures which are just bursting with
life. There are many more in the gallery so drop in and make a
As ever, click on any image below to see a larger version.
We are very pleased to welcome Clifford William Blakey
back to Dancing Light Gallery. Cliff is a Life Fellow of the International
Guild of Artists and a Member of the British Watercolour Society.
He graduated in 1980 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University
and again in 1986 with Master of Fine Art, Newcastle University.
His evocative watercolour and mixed media paintings contain a
wonderful depth of colour which Cliff achieves by patient and
meticulous application of numerous layers of paint.
Penny Lyall studied at the Lincoln College of Art and now
lives in the Pentland Regional Park. She paints mainly in water
based mediums preferring broad brush strokes with minimum added
detail but is also accomplished in pencil drawing and draughtsmanship
which is evident in her architectural studies. Penny will be with
us on Saturday and will be delighted to discuss her work which
has been featured in the R.S.W. annual open exhibitions in 2008,
2009 and 2014.
Young was born in Virginia, USA, and graduated with honours
in Fine Art and History at the University of Washington. She has
spent much of her career as a professional artist and moved to
Scotland in 2005. Her compositions often
incorporate a background of vintage paper such as dictionary
pages, a map, old newspaper or an intricately patterned wallpaper.
This print is often visible through the painted image, giving an
almost haunting quality of transparency and impermanence. Jennifer will be with us on Saturday so do come along and say hello.
A member of the Society of Scottish Artists, Gill Shreeve
graduated with a BEd Hons and then studied at Bradford School
of Art and Design. Fascinated by the power and presence of natural
forms sculpted by geological and elemental forces, she now works
from her studio in the Southern Uplands. All of the paintings
we have on show were made outdoors in the Southern Upland hills
and incorporate water, wind, and soil directly from
the landscape. Gill will be with us on Saturday to explain her
inspiration and techniques and to talk about her work journal.
Watt, another regular exhibitor with us, studied drawing at
Edinburgh College of Art from 1971 to 1975 under Philipson, Peploe,
Cumming and Michie. Tom has always been fascinated by the effect
of light and colour on his surroundings and since settling with
his family in south-west France he is responding to the warm dappled
sunlight around him in the harbours of the Mediterranean and the
outdoor life of the local people.
from the Vale of Glamorgan, Jeremy Paul Wyatt has now settled
in the Forth Valley. Jeremy has been a working artist since the
age of 16 when he was first commissioned to paint and draw. His
Moonscape series reflects a deep spiritual connection with the
environment which he has nurtured since his early days as a wildlife
of you will instantly recognise the work of Sue White Oakes
who lives locally and has attained international recognition for
her sculptures. A lifelong love of engineering has given Sue a keen appreciation of the perfectly adapted mechanical structures of her subjects, and this insight combined with superb craftsmanship enables her to produce unique works of art.
Over the past twenty years Sue has developed a unique way of working
in copper using methods similar to silversmithing. Working
like this enables Sue to create sculptures of the most delicate of insects
and reproduce the huge variety of textures and shapes in birds. This great skill can be seen in the Golden Eagle now on display at Dancing
book Sculpting in Copper by Jim Pratt explains her techniques
in detail and contains excellent images of Sue's previous and
current work. As well as original copper pieces, we have a number
of limited edition bronze sculptures and we are very pleased that
Sue will be with us on our opening afternoon, Saturday 30th August.
We’re delighted to introduce sculptor Stef Ottevanger for
the first time. In her work she tries to capture the essence of
the animal subject, in particular its character and typical movement
and stance. In some cases it is just catching that fleeting moment
and clay is an ideal medium to do this because it helps her avoid
over-refining the image. "I don't want my work to be a scale model
or an ornament but more of an impression of the animal. These
are animals with attitude". The collection includes original clay
sculptures and limited edition bronze resin casts.
As you know, our jewellery, ceramics and glass collections are
constantly changing. There are new collections by Angela Learoyd
and Angie Young, and new exhibitors include Inez Jenkins
and Miya Hayes.
We can’t get everything on our website, so do come along and see
We are able to offer an interest-free payment plan if you prefer
to spread payment - please speak to one of us.
If it’s simply impossible to choose, remember we also have gift
vouchers from £5!
Parking is free and we recommend you book a table if you plan
to combine your visit to the gallery with a meal at the Whitmuir
Farm Café - call the restaurant direct on 01968 661 147 to book.
We look forward to seeing you!
Helen, Helen and Kirsten
Dancing Light Gallery