Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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From Muchty to Marrakech

The current Exhibition at Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery features bright and very colourful paintings by husband and wife artists, Charles MacQueen RSW, RGI and Christine Woodside RSW, RGI.

When you enter the Gallery’s lovely space, with the pictures displayed in facing rooms, the colours and subjects immediately capture the imagination. I was fortunate enough to meet both artists at the Private View and they were delightful conversationalists.

Charles and Christine married in 1995 in Italy but they had known each other for some time before that. Charles trained in art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and Christine graduated from the College of Art in Aberdeen and taught for some years. They each won an impressive number of awards, including in Charles’s case, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts Teachers’ Whisky Travel Award. Coincidentally, though at a different time, Christine was awarded a scholarship by the same body.

Currently, after a good deal of travel, they are based in Auchtermuchty and share a large studio. The only point of dissent seems to be the choice of music – Charles enjoying classical and Christine rather more modern.

Back to the paintings on display. Charles’ are all new and he seems to have a prolific output. Both of them have exhibited widely all over the country and have commissions from, for example the Bank of Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland and P & O Ferries.

Mirror AuchtermuchtyI particularly liked Christine’s ‘Carpet Alley’ her ‘Seaside Posy’ and ‘Mirror Auchtermuchty’, pictured left. She also has on display paintings incorporating her  favourite dogs, whippets! From Charles’ collection I loved ‘Souk Essioira’ and my other favourite is ‘Toy Shop Marrakech’, pictured above left.

The gallery has a policy of encouraging relatively young contemporary artists as well as featuring established ones. The works are reasonably priced and the Exhibition is a real treat. It runs until 8 October. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10 am to 6pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Go if you can!

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