A celebration of the visual arts taking place in galleries homes studios and other venues throughout Pittenweem
Friday November 23rd to Sunday November 25th
10.00 - 6.00
For intriguing gifts or beautiful treats for yourself, the “Petites Mains” pop up shop, run by artists Jennifer di Folco, Ann Landrock and Ruth Stiven, is open for 3 days from 23rd till 25th November in the Pittenweem Festival’s ART@47. Come along and lust over textiles, jewellery, cards and curios!
Yvonne Magee has been a lifelong artist and art lover. With a background in art education and art therapy, she returned to painting in 2012, when she retired from her work as a therapist.
Influenced by the great abstractionists (particularly Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Mitchell, Richard Diebenkorn, both de Koonings and Per Kirkeby), her paintings are loose and free. As an expat American, she is deeply inspired by living in the ancient, beautiful east coast Scottish town of St Andrews. The countryside, seaside and garden are her happy places. She has lived in St Andrews since 2006. The sights, sounds and energy from her childhood in the Arizona desert also inform her work.
Paintings and other works by Magee are in collections in the UK, US, Australia and continental Europe. She also loves doing commissioned work, including the latest - a 3 x 8 foot triptych, which is now at a counselling and counsellor training institution. She is happy to discuss any project with you.
Along with her original paintings, most images are available as prints, and some as greetings cards and silk scarves. Demand for scarves has been especially great.
To visit Yvonne's website for more information: click here
Homage to Rembrandt
Jennifer, Ann and Ruth are again on hand for Christmas shopping, presenting tastefulness, craft and an exquisite sense of delight with a variety of creations. While many of these will make ideal gifts, you are encouraged to also buy something for yourself to make the shopping experience more pleasurable.
Twelve artists from Dunfermline's creative facility exhibited over the Easter period. Two artists are shown below.
Caroline Finlay: jewellery
Claire Christie: cushion cover
Metaphor for the Sea
Neil Dallas Brown: 1938 - 2003
Born in Elgin, Neil spent much of his life in Fife, working as a secondary school teacher, then lecturing at Dundee College of Art and Glasgow School of Art. He last lived in Cellardyke, a few miles along the coast from Pittenweem. His closeness to the sea is reflected in many of the paintings exhibited here.
His early recognition led to a number of awards and scholarships which allowed him to travel to France, Italy and Spain as well as working in New York in 1967. While American artists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Frank Stella were admitted influences on his work these abstract artists were influencing a predominantly figurative painter. People, animals and landscapes are the subject matter of his paintings.
The Shroud paintings, a series responding to Northern Ireland’s sectarian destruction and killings, are possibly his most emotive work.
The paintings in this exhibition are the results of Neil’s shift in about 1994, to abstract art. They cover the years 1995 to 2002. A limited colour palette of blues and greens is given individual impetus through shaped and padded canvasses.
…I’ve always loved abstract art despite being a figurative painter for most of my career. Now, with these new shaped pieces I am breaking new ground and nudging into a formalist area which I find highly exciting. They have materialised over the last few years due to an increase in confidence, knowing and maturity and there is the possibility that I am making the paintings I have always dreamed about.
Neil Dallas Brown
In collaboration with the Neil Dallas Brown Trust and Fife Council Cultural Partnership
RSA RSW (1926 -1998)
David graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in the early 1950s where his contemporaries included Blackadder, Houston and Michie. His early career saw significant periods working in Spain, Italy, Sicily and Norway and his art was further enriched by his regard for the French Post-Impressionists. Informed by an intellectual rigour and reference to the wider history of art, literature and music, it is celebratory of life and nature and of the art of picture making.
Paola graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee in 1980. Although trained as an illustrator and printmaker she soon turned to experimenting with the use of textiles and working in three dimensions. She has continued developing these techniques to create bold, expressive figures that began as symbolic representations of the female form but have gradually morphed into androgynous alien beings. Her work owes as much to kitsch ephemera and pop art as it does to religious iconography and primitive cultures. The potency of dolls whether as playthings or totemic charms is a current in the work as is the ability of the imagination to invest such figures with their own personalities and projected powers.
Calum graduated in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. His work explores the complexity of seemingly simple images taken from nature, often a nature fashioned by man, contemporary dialogues between image and the textural, gestural qualities of paint and the painting process. Recent work takes inspiration from film stills and his own photographs. Themes of the Nocturne and Botanic Gardens explore light, water and its reflective qualities.
Born in Fife, Poppy is a predominantly abstract artist and many of her paintings hover between abstract compositions of line and colour and representations of nature itself. A wide range of subject matter informs her work, from aerial perspectives of the Scottish landscape to the vibrant and ever-changing inspirations she gathers on her extensive travels.
She originally studied Fine Art at De Montfort from where she graduated with a sell-out degree show and was awarded the Leicestershire Artworks collection prize. A decade on, Poppy is painting full time and her work is exhibited widely in the UK and held in private collections from Japan and Australia to India and the US.
Derek Robertson BA RSW SSA SAA
An exhibition of the artist's wildlife and landscape paintings inspired by the Scottish coast
Internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist, Derek Robertson, will be showing paintings from his travels around the Scottish coast and especially studies from his home county of Fife where he was Artist in Residence at Tentsmuir National Nature reserve in 2013.
Well-known for his books and appearances in press and radio as well as presenter of a number of TV programs, Derek will also be using the gallery as a working studio where you can see his sketches, studies and work in progress.
His studies of landscape and wildlife are incorporated into collaborations by writers, poets, scientists and storytellers, among others. Come and see how these fascinating projects have developed.
Hire our space
Refurbishment has resulted in two linked large rooms and one small studio, providing a flexible meeting / group / workshop / studio / and office space with disabled access throughout. The premises are available for hire on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
For further details please contact us. You can also download a pdf of the Art@47 space with photographs of a past exhibition to give you a better idea of what's available.
Back room looking to front of space