Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 5:53 pm
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Summer at Open Eye

The current Exhibition at Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery, which continues until Saturday 25 July shows a great mix of work by invited artists. The eclectic mix of works on display and for sale ensures ‘something for everyone who appreciates creativity’ –  one of the hallmarks of the Gallery.

What is LoveJenny Smith, who I first met at WASPS studios at Patriothall has a truly inimitable way of converting artistic vision into fascinating works of art. Her laser cut screen print ‘What is love?’ consists of people invited by Jenny to contribute, in their own handwriting, individual interpretations of the timeless question. (She has created a book with the same title). The writing shown here is in scarlet making a great impact – especially to those scanning carefully and eagerly to see if they are on Jenny’s front page.

VeraIn a completely different style I also felt Alberto Morroco’s pencil on paper portrait simply called ‘Vera’ is beautifully evocative and maybe wants us to ask more about the subject. Also there is a great synergy – if you see it – with Jenny Smith’s screen print.

Paul Furneaux’s mixed media exhibit – wood on panel -entitled ‘Inside Out’ is another very original and beautifully constructed piece which is so typical of the work of this internationally acclaimed print maker.

Inside_ Outside copyThe exhibit by Robert Maguire, OBE, FRSA called ‘Intersections and Balances’ is a lovely piece, too, and a great introduction to what I believe is his debut at the Open Eye Gallery although, of course, his contribution to the world of contemporary art is already very well recognised.

Another first-time exhibitor here is Lynne Windsor whose ‘Beetle Box’ etchings brings a new way of depicting these winged insects which I had not seen in this way before!

As I always write in my reviews of exhibitions please go along and see for yourselves. There is never sufficient space in on-line reviews (when at Lothian Life we try not to overload the reader) to write about every piece and, therefore, if an exhibit is not described in no way does this reflect any bias by the reviewer.

Also shown (heading picture) is ‘Summer Splash’ by Chris Bush.

The Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, Telephone 0131 557 1020

Gallery Opening hours – Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.


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