Fine Lines for the Festival of Art

This year the Edinburgh International Festival is giving great prominence to the visual arts through our fantastic network of galleries. For example, The Scottish Gallery is showing a whole range of constrasting works incoporating elegant porcelain, precious metals and fabulous wooden ‘sculptures’ in seasoned oak. These form part of the Fine Lines exhibition.

The Seas Gift to Man Brooch_Paul Preston_2007_yellow precious metals, beads and silk_5 x 5 x 2.5cms_high resA talk ‘in the round’ at the gallery was also an opportunity to see jewellery crafted by Paul Preston, also known as ‘The Red Mole’ who practiced in architecture before becoming a self-taught jeweller. After only two years as an architect Paul retired to Lands End to dive the waters for crawfish and the recovery of non-ferrous metals from wrecks. Inspired by the work of artist and sculptor, Breon O’Casey, Paul crafted beautiful results.

Also within the Fine Lines, there are elegant silver objects from talented women including Miriam Hanid and contemporary jeweller Wendy Ramshaw. When we add to this elegant mix Kirsten Costello’s beautiful pieces created in porcelain and precious metal, and Susan Hipgrave’s flower paintings on porcelain plates, the results are a joy to behold.

A surprise  comes in the form of imaginative and wonderfully crafted works in wood created by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley. These are both practical and, one senses, enduring.

Over many years of reviewing art exhibitions, I have concluded it is not aways the most highly trained artists and craftsmen who produce work deemed by some critics to be superior to those self taught and inspired by their individual visions. This is not to criticise Colleges of Art and degree courses, more I want to underline the fact it is not essential to have attended a course in order to produce wonderful work.

Please go along and see for yourself before the 5 September.

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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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