Exciting new exhibition from Vega

The Torrannce Gallery in Edinburgh’s Dundas Street is currently showing vibrant pictures from Isle of Lewis artist, Vega. I met her with her partner and manager, Trevor St Clair, at the opening. She told me Vega was the name she chose for herself and by which she is officially known! It was a reflection of and a mark of respect for the boat which carried her for 100 miles to safety. She always wanted to be an artist and after four years hard study, both practical and theoretical at Leeds University she gained a BA(Hons) degree in fine art.

Later she travelled, painted and taught all over Africa and Europe producing paintings which sold well. The 90s saw a move to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides where she still lives and paints. The vivid images on view at the Torrance reflect the island, the winds and the sea, calm beaches as well as stormy skies and boats. In this exhibition you can almost feel the wind in your hair and I was struck by the contrast of tranquil beaches and stormy seas, clinging on so as not to fall into the water. Anyone fortunate enough to acquire one of these reasonably priced pictures will have their homes brightened!

The exhibition, which runs to 23 July is well worth a visit and you will come away invigorated and renewed by this display from an artist who, I am certain has not yet finished developing her style nor ended her travels.

The Torrance Gallery is at 36 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6JN, Telephone 0131 556 6366, Email is mail@torrancegallelry.c.uk. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

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http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Christine.jpg Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.

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