Open Studios 2018

The 2018 Open Studios event is now over. Thank you to all everyone who visited the studios, your support is essential for the artists and Artmap Argyll.

Plans for the 2019 Open Studios will start soon and if you’re an artist interesting in thing part, please get in touch or join Artmap.

The Artmap members below are the studios and venues that took part in this year’s event.

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Arthur Ker
Artistic Field: Design, Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media
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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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Jane Smith
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Printmaking
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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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Carol Olsen
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Jewellery, Mixed Media, Textiles
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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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Lottie Goodlet
Artistic Field: Mixed Media, Printmaking
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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 and currents. 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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Colin Woolf
Artistic Field: Design, Drawing & Painting, Photography
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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.” He has also learned and refined the traditional art of painting with a woodcock’s pin-feather, and these small, beautiful paintings are highly sought after.

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Coastal Design
Artistic Field: Ceramics & Mosaic, Drawing & Painting, Glass, Jewellery, Photography, Textiles, Venue, Wood
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Kintyre and its natural beauty is the perfect location for Coastal Design. Within this airy gallery you are welcome to browse the skilled arts and crafts designed and made by a carefully selected number of talented and innovative artisans and small UK producers.

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Eno Deka
Artistic Field: Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture
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listen… listen …
come in…… come…
income …… talk….
talk.... to me.....
to me… talk......
I am..... what…
forty- five....... what…
forty five…
what...
fifty……
yes…
breathing…. breathing oxygen…
oxygen hot… dangerous …
dangerous…
how....
how should I transmit…
should I transmit ….
transmit now twenty-one…
transmission begins ……
this-way …

I can see a flame… aflame… thirty-two… thirty-two… I will re-enter…

Terranought

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Margaret Ker
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Tayvallich Inn
Artistic Field: Venue
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Fresh local food with a beautiful view, serving food all day, all summer! Our resident artists will be exhibiting, along with some guest artists over both weekends. The perfect spot to plan your Artmap tour of Tayvallich. Enjoy fresh seafood, sample Sound of Jura Seaweed or try some local real ale or gins, while getting a taster of the Open Studios you can go on to visit in the village.

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David Bracken
Artistic Field: Wood
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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.

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Richard Kennedy
Artistic Field: Wood
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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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Kerrien Grant
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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Kerrien lives in Achnamara on the coast of Argyll and is inspired to paint by the wild beauty of this ever changing landscape. She enjoys experimenting with the textures and effects that she can achieve with acrylics in particular, and uses these to give movement and light to her paintings.

Her work is regularly exhibited in galleries across the West Coast.

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Caroline Plummer
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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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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Ross Ryan
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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Although a landscape painter Ross’s main inspiration is the human presence in nature. He feels the history of places acutely, and his series from the Auschwitz Birkenau woods explore the beauty in one of man’s darkest places. His sketches from Berlin with accompanying diary entries offer insight into an artist who thrives on chance, fleeting moments and often an element of danger.

Tommy Zyw, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

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Melanie Chmielewska
Artistic Field: Sculpture
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I am inspired by Argyll's wildlife and nature . I work with stone. I love it's quality, bringing a sense of timelessness to the subject. This year I will be showing at Lottie Goodlet's home.

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Fiona Macrae
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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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
Artistic Field: Glass
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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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Sian MacQueen RSW
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture
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Rocks or clouds?

I search for familiar lines in three dimensions. Materials and process are important to me with the relationship between the lines offering both comfort and discomfort.

Relief sculptures, paintings and prints

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Susan Berry
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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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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Lesley Burr
Artistic Field: Ceramics & Mosaic, Drawing & Painting, Sculpture
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My artwork usually begins outside in nature as sketches from life. The wild remote landscapes of the West and North of Scotland provides constant opportunities to observe closely the ever-changing light, sky and sea. I feel like a fortunate explorer discovering new places, revisiting familiar locations to reveal poetic meaningful connections to nature. Studio work includes small works on paper to larger scale oils and hand-built ceramics.

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Louise Oppenheimer
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Textiles
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The tactile delight of pulling weft through warp creating designs which emerge slowly and absorb my mind absolutely, brings a sense of fulfilment and joy I couldn't live without.

There is a contemplative element to hand weaving as it demands patience while the simplicity of the process allows for freedom to create images which begin with a pen drawn line and evolve in the texture and warmth of wool.

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Argyll College UHI
Artistic Field: Ceramics & Mosaic, Design, Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Venue
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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: paper-marbling, pottery painting, eco-printmaking and more. Contact us for a full list of workshops and to book a place in advance.

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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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Karen Beauchamp
Artistic Field: Design, Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking
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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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Dochas Gallery
Artistic Field: Venue
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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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Janice Bracey
Artistic Field: Design, Drawing & Painting
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I trained as a textile designer and won the Royal Society of Arts Award: Home Furnishings in 1992 but my first love is painting. That’s why, when I had the opportunity, I moved to Argyll to establish my own studio in an old croft overlooking Loch Fyne.
I love the inspiration this gives me, and, working with watercolour and gouache I create local landscapes, caricatures and other more exotic work.

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George John Stewart
Artistic Field: Design, Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Photography
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Welcome to Dove Cottage Studio 2018 ...
I am currently rediscovering the joy of my first artistic love - illustration! The thrill of using a variety of skill to create something with a life beyond finishing a work or the brief showing at an exhibition - and hopefully imparting the enthusiasm to readers, brings a particular satisfaction.
Artwork on sale will include some work from 'A Shrew Danced On My Paintbox'.

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Jane Walker
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
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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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Ewen Munro
Artistic Field: Photography
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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 colour found in Argyll alongside the rich textures of rust and decay.
Recent photographic adventures have taken Ewen to many of the enigmatic islands of the Outer Hebrides, creating vivid images which can be viewed during Artmap 2018.

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Libby Anderson
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Printmaking
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The Inner-what is it if not intensified sky, hurled through with birds and deep with the winds of homecoming. by Rainer Maria Rilke

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Lucy Gray
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture
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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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Caroline Hunter
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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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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Senja Brendon
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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I am a seascape painter working from my new studio in Kintyre. Inspired by the coastlines and skies of Argyll and the paintings of William MacTaggart, I paint predominantly in oils with ocassional charcoal pieces. I have an intimate knowledge of the ocean and, in my work, I endeavour to take you for a quiet wander along peaceful sands or plunge you shamelessly into the heart of powerful, crashing waves!

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Wilma MacKenzie
Artistic Field: Design, Glass, Lettering
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Wilma is a fulltime glass engraver. Using either copperwheel or diamond drill, each piece is completely unique. Wilma has been engraving since 1977 (when she started as an apprentice with Edinburgh Crystal) and specialises in engraving wildlife and calligraphy-inspired designs.

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SNH Art Trail At the Mill
Artistic Field: Ceramics & Mosaic, Design, Drawing & Painting, Glass, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Venue, Wood
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Art Trail at the Mill
Taynish reserve is delighted to be hosting another art exhibition during 2018. This year the exhibition theme will be 'water' in all its wondrous forms, and it's links to wildlife. Argyll Artists will be joined by four guest sculptors, Frances Drewery, Simon Kennedy, Bill Williamson and Andy Macclintock

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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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Kate MacDonald
Artistic Field: Textiles
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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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The Rockfield Centre
Artistic Field: Design, Photography, Venue
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The Rockfield Centre is a new, community-run, creative space in the heart of Oban. We're delighted to be part of Artmap for the first time.

During the first weekend of Artmap, 24th - 27th August, we will be hosting EXPOSURE, an exhibition of new work by Under The Skin Camera Club.

During the second weekend, 1st & 2nd September, young artists supported by talc. will present an exhibition of their work over the past year.

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Caroline Cooke
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting, Glass
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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. However, as my pieces are kiln fused, outcomes are usually more of a surprise!

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Alex Summers
Artistic Field: Drawing & Painting
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In 1980 I had a one-man show of semi surreal work called "Perfect Imperfection". Since then I have continued to paint and developed a fascination with the impact of light on the Scottish landscape.

I have dedicated myself to recording this in paint, and to transport the joy of the moment to the viewer.

I feel that this is a testament to the validity of my artistic journey.