Open Studios 2019

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The Artmap members below are the studios and venues that are taking part in the 2019 Open Studios. You can plan your visits using the map showing all the studios or search for your favourites.

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The Steamer Terminal
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The Steamer Terminal is an exciting new destination hub at the gateway to the Crinan Canal.
Perched on Ardrishaig’s timber pier, The Steamer Terminal offers up breakfast, lunch and beyond using the very best of Argyll’s natural larder. From full Scottish breakfasts to scrumptious home baking, it’s the perfect spot to start (or end) your journey along ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’!

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Nils Aksnes
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I make images using a basic type of camera - a box with a pinhole in one side. Often my process starts by first making a camera - pinholes can be very simple objects - and then capturing images.

I find that pinhole cameras, for all their simplicity, can create beautifully complex images of light and motion. I aim to capture these moments of complexity and can often be found on (or off) the coast of Argyll with a camera.

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Morag Mellor
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I paint under my nickname, ‘Mogs’ .
I have always had a passion for art. I read History of Art at Edinburgh University and graduated with an MA in 1980. Recently I have tried to make more time for painting. I enjoy experimenting with styles and mediums. I get inspired by something I see and then try and paint it . I love trying to capture the light on the hills and on the sea.

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Kilmartin Museum
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Kilmartin Museum is a renowned centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation. Our shop offers many goods from local craftspeople and the walls of our café are adorned with vibrant works of art created by local artists, many inspired by the unique atmosphere of Kilmartin Glen.

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Ewen Munro
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Ewen's passion for photography began whilst studying woven textile design in the early 80s. His enthusiasm for creating images has developed from a close interest in the unique characteristics of light and hue particularly found in Argyll and around the islands of the Hebrides. Add to these rich textures & patterns alongside colours of rust and decay and you discover wonderful photographic imagery that recent adventures have led Ewen to create.

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SNH Art Trail At the Mill
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Art Trail at the Mill

Taynish National Nature Reserve is delighted to be hosting an art exhibition for 2019. The trail will open on the 17th May and run until 30th September. This year the exhibition theme will be 'Transformations'. Come and see what wondrous installations the artists will create on our beautiful Oak woodland trail.

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Colin Woolf
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Colin’s works are admired for their depth, drama and acutely observed detail. In the words of one of his clients, “His insight into nature is amazing.” Colin captures the subtle changing light of the landscape, of clouds, mountains and of water. His work is also available as Pure Silk scarves and Greetings cards.
He has also learned and refined the traditional art of painting with a woodcock’s pin-feather.

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Jane Walker
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I work with a combination of process and skills - 2D and 3D - indoors and out. Responding to the landscape and environment is intuitive and keeps me attuned to nature in a physical, mental and challenging way. I enjoy working to themes through both dimensions. Ideas develop through observation and drawing and scrutiny.

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Ross Ryan
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Ross Ryan studied at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen from 1993 - 1997. From his home in Crinan, Argyll, Ryan has travelled worldwide painting and sketching. He exhibited in May 2018 with a body of work created whilst sailing on the west coast in the winter of 2017, and will have a new exhibition at The Scottish Gallery in May 2020.

Tommy Zyw, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

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Louise Oppenheimer
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Time is immaterial when my hands are busy weaving and my head is free to roam!
Travelling in frictionless wonder, sending messages down through my fingers to develop designs on the warp, that evolve slowly, sometimes with surprising results, makes for a satisfying journey to a new destination.
Quiet contemplation en route helps an instinctive choice of colour and form to produce hangings and framed pieces.

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Lesley Burr
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I have a fascination with chronicling themes of nature such as changing light, fragility and transformation in the landscape. Following selection as 2019 artist in residence with Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute I will be researching and documenting Arctic inspired themes influencing a new body of work over the coming years. Studio visitors will be able to see paintings, ceramic sculptures, tiles, small prints and cards.

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Eno Deka
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spunout like a zepplin
turning in to sky
out of sight
going to high
searing my eyelids
tracing thoughts
in this hypnogogic hell
a vanishing point

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Richard Kennedy
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Winner of "Craft & Design" magazine's selected maker of the year wood and metal category, Richard has been creating Wood Art for several years. Each piece takes several weeks to make due to the intricate detail. Richard has made work that's displayed around the world. A member of the Register of Professional Turners, he is committed to producing some of the finest turned art available in the country today.

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Fiona MacRae
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Fiona's paintings are becoming less about fish, lemons and pots and more to do with colour, form and space, with an apparent simplicity of construction.
Although they are still life paintings their roots are in the natural environment. Spring greens, summer blues, autumn hues and winter days.
This year I hope to exhibit some construction paintings , made for a lifetime of beach combing finds from throughout the Hebrides and beyond.

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Kirsty Brady
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Artmap Argyll Open Studio offers a great chance to catch up with us or maybe meet us for the first time. Our creative space has a warm welcome and new work will be on show. I specialise in glass art and having worked in my field for over 15 years now, I still continue to expand, develop, learn and love what i do.

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Kat Robertson
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Kat Robertson describes herself as a Gaia-driven, ‘stream of consciousness’, artist. The creative process, and sharing it, is an important aspect of her work. Using her blog as a ‘virtual gallery’, she shares these 'experiments' with a wider, global, audience.
In 2019 she is opening her trailer gallery and tent venue to the public and is looking forward to sharing this playful curiosity, in 'all things Gaia', with visitors! All welcome.

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Caroline Hunter
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Caroline grew up in Orkney, studied History ofArt at Aberdeen University and began painting in 1994. Well known for her understated yet powerful seascapes and subtle still-lifes, her work has a timeless, contemplative quality. Mussel shells, a porcelain bird, birch-woods, bracken and winter seas at dusk are expressed in the muted, vibrant tones of Argyll's light and landscape. She has been a contributor and prize-winner at the RGI and RSA.

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Caroline Plummer
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Argyll - the inspiration. From my first visit it's rugged coastline, islands, empty golden beaches with seapinks clinging to the rocks, it's wildlife and dramatic skies have drawn me in. My paintings represent my journeys and adventures around this most beautiful area.

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Ken Simm
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Ken is a painter, in both watercolour and acrylic and a photographer producing detailed and evocative images from the secret places of the land. Landscapes from very different viewpoints. Places of moving water, earth, stone and sky. Ken has been working professionally in the arts and education for over 40 years. He has qualifications in Fine Art and Arts Education.

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Carol Olsen
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This year I am developing the gutta and wax effects of painting on silk. New methods of surface design are being experimented with. The production of silk scarves and paintings being the focus.

Jewellery – Is taking a metamorphosis and changing the style of the finished product. A more organic and less controlled image is emerging. New lines are under development.

Trained at Sir John Cass School of Art, London

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Arthur Ker
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Working in a range of media I try to capture the distinctive character of the West Coast landscape as well as the colours and moods of the changing seasons. This year along with my landscape and forest paintings I will also be showing work developed from sketches made on a recent extended stay on the island of Hoy in Orkney.

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Susan Berry
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Working in watercolour I am drawn to the shore. From home I follow otters along sheltered sea lochs, scramble over rocky tidelines and trail deer through the stillness of the wood.
Days later, the oily silver colour of reflected sky on a wet coat, the breaking sea patterns of mirrored land, might have led to a painting, or not.
Visit my studio and gallery to see how it’s going.

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Jane Smith
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I use screen printing, and will demonstrate this technique during Open Studio Weekend. I will also be selling original artwork from my book, Wild Island, about the wildlife of the Hebrides. I am a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and exhibit annually with them in London.

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Laura Clark
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My focus is oil painting and pyrography that captures the essence of wildlife and nature, bringing a little moment of reflection, character and poise to the viewer.

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Sian MacQueen RSW
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Ceramic sculptures and paintings made from modular block pieces, which when combined appear caught between states of physical change. The works become tactile systems, seemingly capable of both shifting and becalming.

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Lucy Gray
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Lucy Gray completed a Fine Art Sculpture Degree at Central School of Art where she achieved a 1st class Honours Degree. Following a printmaking Diploma she began her training in the restoration of lacquered and gilded surfaces. The influences of her continued work in this field can frequently be found in her sculpture.
"In my work I translate an idea through natural forms, capturing the tipping point, the metamorphosis"

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Libby Anderson
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Late in the summer the strange horses came ...
Like a wild wave charging … from The Horses by Edwin Muir

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Dochas Gallery
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The Dochas Centre doubles as a Gallery and Carer's Centre. We exhibit the work of the centre's founder John Paterson as well as exhibitions from local groups and artists. We run support groups and we work closely with all external agencies e.g. Alzhiemers Scotland, Parkinson’s Society, Macmillan Cancer Support etc.
Artmap Argyll Associate Members will be showing in the Dochas Gallery during August.

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melaniechmielewska
Melanie Chmielewska
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This year my focus is bringing my passion for wild swimming and my love for the creatures of the ocean together in relief and three dimensional stone carvings. Please come and visit my workshop and try some stone carving for yourself.

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Margaret Ker
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The landscape, the geology and the pre-history of Argyll are the inspiration for my work. Fascinated by the beauty of the dark skies I often incorporate images of constellations in my mosaics and silver jewellery. I employ an experimental approach to expressing my ideas and I enjoy using a broad range of media. I regularly work to commission.

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Susannah MacMillan
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My artistic practice is informed by deep research into place achieved by living and working in the same environment. Running and maps are the resources and method I practice. You are welcome to visit my studio / gallery in my garden at Keills with views down the Sound of Jura, a setting described as a combination of wildness and tranquility.
I am a graduate of Glasgow School of Art BA ( Hons) Fine Art.

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Love Dove Studio
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Karen Beauchamp
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Creative inspiration from the landscape is inescapable in Argyll. Everyday is exciting, the bold shapes and colours of the meeting of sea and land, the rocks and plants are a constant resource for interpretation in mixed media, and multicolour printmaking.

Architect turned Wallpaper and Fabric Designer, Artist and Printmaker, she now lives, works and runs inspiring creative residential art holidays in Tarbert - www.whitehouseart.co.uk

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Caroline Cooke
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From my small and informal studio in Glencoe, I produce pastel drawings and studio glass of Scottish land and seascapes. Using the texture and colour of pastel I aim to capture the dramatic contrasts of light and dark in the land, sea and sky.
Like pastel. glass is also a tactile and vibrant medium. This year I have been exploring new techniques and developing my range of kilnformed glass. Commissions undertaken.

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Loch Melfort Hotel
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Stunningly located - the views are a picture worth taking!
Various artists will be exhibiting in the hotel and why not visit our
garden maze?

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Cathleen MacDonald
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Working from my home in Lochgilphead I use a range of yarns and wool fibres, including my own hand-spun yarn, to create wet-felted pictures, woven tapestries and hand-woven fabrics inspired by the dramatic land and seascapes of Argyll.
The tactile process of working with yarn and wool fibres brings a true connection to the medium allowing me to capture my love of Argyll and the ever-changing light into a visual piece of work.

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Rory Gibson
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I've been painting for a little over 10 years now and more or less full time for the last 3 years. Happy to paint commissions and always enjoy a challenge. If you're interested to see what I've been commissioned to paint over the last few years please visit my website.

I can usually be found painting in my studio at Melfort and always welcome visitors to have a look around if I am at home. Open other times by appointment.

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Kate MacDonald
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Landscapes, Lampshades & Lessons
Living on the west coast of Scotland Kate’s hand-painted textile lampshades & landscapes echo her environment. Gathering inspiration from Argyll’s land & seascape, photographs, and her imagination, subtly painted sea scenes with stitch overlay are one of her favourite subjects.
Kate also teaches sewing & creative textile skills to children & adults.

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Lottie Goodlet
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As a year-round snorkeller and swimmer in the beautiful Sound of Jura I am fascinated by the realm of seaweed beneath me. I see it as secret and unexpected treasure - underwater kelp forests and ocean meadows gracefully riding the ebb and flow of the tides. Diving for eye-catching specimens, I then collage,arrange and press them into artwork to capture their exquisite colour and diverse and extraordinary forms.

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Argyll College UHI
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Argyll College is the first educational centre in Argyll to offer a full-time Arts’ course. We deliver a range of full-time, part-time and evening courses to suit all levels of experience. Over the Artmap weekend we are exhibiting student and tutor artwork while hosting a variety of taster workshops. Contact us for a full list of workshops and to book a place in advance.

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Kate Bauen-Hughes
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Born and raised in Glasgow, Kate received her first BSc in her 20's and went on to finely develop her artistic career alongside activities as a colour chemist which she utilizes today in her artwork to create her distinctive Neo-Naïve style. After studying with OCA, and privately at various master ateliers in Switzerland, 2018 saw Kate move her studio to the Isle of Tiree. 2019 will be her first time contributing to Artmap Argyll.

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The Rockfield Centre
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The Rockfield Centre is a new, community-run, creative space in the heart of Oban. During Artmap we will be hosting two shared studio exhibitions.

The first, BLUR, is a collection of new work by Under the Skin Camera Club featuring contemporary photography form the local area.

The second, Of The Land, features three local artists working with wool, felt and wood and includes live demonstrations.

All very welcome.

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David Bracken
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David uses the natural form of wood in everyday objects, using native woods that are mainly windfall or removed due to disease or for safety reasons.
He takes on commissions and develops bespoke works as well as progressing his own ideas, he also teaches woodturning.
His work bridges a craft to an artform by using the natural beauty of wood which is enhanced by colour, texture, and/or piercing.

If you are an artist interesting in joining Artmap or taking part next year, please get in touch or join Artmap.