Open Studios 2019

Plans for the 2019 Open Studios are underway and if you’re an artist interesting in taking part, please get in touch or join Artmap.

Businesses or venues interested in taking part or advertising in the brochure can find more information here.

The Artmap members below are the studios and venues that have already committed to take part in the 2019 event. If you are interested in the art you see in their profile please contact the artists directly as they may not be able to accommodate visits at this time.

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Jane Smith
: 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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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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Jane Walker
: 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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Ken Simm
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Susan Berry
: 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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Colin Woolf
: 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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Ewen Munro
: 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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Caroline Cooke
: 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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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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Kate MacDonald
: 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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Richard Kennedy
: 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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Sian MacQueen RSW
: Drawing & Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture
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Melanie Chmielewska
: 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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Kirsty Brady
: 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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David Bracken
: 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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Morag Mellor
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Lesley Burr
: 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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Carol Olsen
: 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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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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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 Bauen-Hughes
: Drawing & Painting
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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 and her studio move to the Isle of Tiree and 2019 will be her first time contributing to Artmap Argyll.

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Lucy Gray
: 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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Susannah MacMillan
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I am a graduate of Glasgow School of Art BA (Hons) Fine Art.
My work is inspired by the wilderness , heritage and sense of place from my home on the Keills peninsula in Argyll .You are welcome to visit my studio / gallery. It is open by appointment outside the Open Studio weekend .

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Caroline Plummer
: 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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Karen Beauchamp
: 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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Louise Oppenheimer
: Drawing & Painting, Textiles
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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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Ross Ryan
: Drawing & Painting
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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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Kat Robertson
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Kat Robertson describes herself as a Gaia-driven, ‘stream of consciousness’, artist. Sharing the creative process is an important aspect of her work.
Using social media as a ‘virtual gallery’, she shares these experiments with a wider, global, audience.
In 2019 she is opening her trailer gallery and Nordic, lavuu, tent studio to the public and, eventually, intends to take to the road with her one woman gallery/puppet show experience.

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Caroline Hunter
: 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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Arthur Ker
: 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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Eno Deka
: Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture
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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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Libby Anderson
: 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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Fiona Macrae
: 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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SNH Art Trail At the Mill
: 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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Lottie Goodlet
: 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.