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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Christine Richard OBE FRSA 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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