Festive Treats at Open Eye Gallery

One of Edinburgh’s most adventurous and successful art galleries, the Open Eye in Abercromby Place has always attracted top contemporary artists. Works from a selection of the best forms the current ‘On a Grand Scale’  exhibition.

Artists represented include Barbara Rae, CBE (born 1945) John Bellany, CBE (1942 – 2013), Leon Morrocco (born 1942) – one of my personal favourite artists, Steven Campbell (1953 – 2007) and the legendary Alberto Morrocco, OBE (1907 – 1998). Their paintings were selected for their grandeur, scale and impact on the eyes, mind and soul. All of them show vividly the expert use of composition and colour to great effect.

oe1Alongside the ‘Grand Scale’, the annual delight of ‘On a Small Scale’ which is an annual Festive feature at the Gallery includes the postcard-sized (15 x 21 cm) original works of invited artists. They comprise either a small piece related to a larger body of their work, or a ‘one off’, and all offer a unique insight into their style.  The exhibitors range in experience from emerging arts and recent graduates to highly established and well-known artists.

The juxtaposition of Grand Scale and Small Scale works beautifully and exemplifies, to me, the diversity and excitement of the range of work which we always find at the Open Eye Gallery.

oe2The current Exhibition runs until 23rd December 2015 so there is still plenty of time to visit.  Here we are showing a visual taste of what is being displayed.

34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, Opening Hours – Monday – Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm.

For more information please visit www.openeyegallery.co.uk

Editor’s Note: apologies that the in-text photographs are not to scale.



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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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