North East Open Studios (NEOS) this year will open September 15-23, with 300 venues in the north-east participating.
Riverview Krafty Art will once again represent Ellon after its successful opening last year. Based at 36 Castle Road, near Ellon town centre, the group now has eight artists.
Barrie Seddon, founder member explained “We have recruited Sheila Noble who specialises in very delicate watercolours, very often pastel colours, of people depicting movement and interaction. Also joining us is Enid Smith focusing mainly on paintings of birds and animals, and our third new member is Val Hudson who has extended her art work to stitch painting and wood burning. “Our existing members all participated in last year’s NEOS exhibition and are Maureen Singer, who specialises in fashion jewellery, Mabel McKechnie with embroidery, Chris Woodthorpe doing photography and Charles Robertson with stained/fused glass. “Several of the members do greeting cards and all of us also do painting. I specialise in scenes of the Ythan Estuary, my Picasso style “naughty” ladies and, of course, horse racing!”
The group covers a wide selection of art and craft in the gallery and has lots to show the people of Ellon and the North East of Scotland.
Maureen Singer added: “When Barrie asked us to put on the exhibition again this year I was absolutely delighted. People know me for my floral paintings and farmyard scenes but I have been doing fashion jewellery for a while now and this sold well last year and will once again be on display at the gallery”.
Mabel McKechnie who does embroidery and painting said: “At Riverview Krafty Art we are hoping once again for a good-sized turnout of visitors. Last year the weather was bad but we still managed to have a steady stream of visitors.
Charles Robertson said: “The studios are set in Barrie and Norma Seddon’s garden so people not only can enjoy the exhibits but also relax in a colourful and interesting wildlife garden.”