Treat in store for N-east art and craft lovers

Ellon artists are preparing for Art in the Garden.
Ellon artists are preparing for Art in the Garden.

North East Open Studios (NEOS) is opening its doors to the public with a popular annual event for art and craft lovers.

Across the North-east from Saturday (September 6 -14) around 230 small-scale quality art and craft makers to nationally acclaimed galleries will be showing their work.

At 36 Castle Road, Ellon, Riverview Krafty Art Group, a group of eight local artists and crafters, will be presenting ‘Art in the Garden’.

Chairman Barrie Seddon explained: “We have three studios, a sunroom, a potting shed and grandad’s shed all in our back garden. “They have all been converted to artist studios and galleries for this festival event.

“So many people visiting last year called it ‘art in the garden’ that we decided this year that’s what we would call our entry in the NEOS catalogue.

“This will be our fourth year with NEOS and we are really looking forward to welcoming visitors once again from both near and far. Our furthest visitors last year were from Australia and we had two visitors from Canada.”

This year the NEOS organising committee want the Open Studios to do even more in the way of demonstrations and Art in the Garden, NEOS catalogue no.14, is putting on three of these.

From Sunday 7 onwards, Val Hudson will be demonstrating how pyrography is used in painting and craft work.

Images are burnt onto wood with an electrically controlled heated needle and people and try this for themselves creating their own art work.

Sandy Cowie, who turns many of his paintings and photographs into greeting cards, will also be on hand from time to time showing how this is done.

Barrie, who now paints almost exclusively in acrylics, will be in residence at the exhibition except for Sunday 7. He will describe and show how acrylics have many attributes and the reasons why this is his choice of medium for his original paintings.

Art and crafts on exhibition at Art in the Garden will also include fashion jewellery by Maureen Singer, wood turning by John Gordon, knitwear by Janet Cowie, and original paintings by Sheila Noble and Enid Smith.

All paintings and crafts on exhibition at Art in the Garden will be for sale. Entry is free.

The event is open September 6-14 from 11-4pm, except Monday - Wednesday when it will be closed.