Carnival, Curiosities, and the Isle of Skye

Exhibitions from artists Paul Charlton, Alice McMurrough and Ruth Nicol currently preside at Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery.

Alice McMurrough, PAI RGI, RSW demonstrates her impressive and evocative ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’,  Paul Charlton combines photography, printmaking, sculpture, theatre and his use of furniture-making skills, and Ruth Nicol takes us on apictorial journey whose ‘intention was to capture the raw energy of the prehistoric landscape of Skye and in particular, the An Cuiltheann (the Cuillin Mountains).

loch-ainort-near-luibPart of Ruth’s plan as well as producing works of art was to develop her Gaelic language. Ruth says, ‘I was accompanied by my family, ‘all of us learners but inexperienced in the Gaelic language and this trip provided us with an ideal opportunity to practise our newly obtained language skills.’ This experience has led to a further intention (in 2018) to ‘follow the sound the Gaelic language across the ocean to Nova Scotia and to consider the ebb and flow of migration.’

Paul Charlton, with ‘Carnival’, has combined working with his hands – graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, and Myreside School of Furniture – to produce unique works including 3 dimensional ones. Paul’s solo and group exhibitions have been extensive, and include the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. He has received awards including Edinburgh Printmakers, given by the Scottish Society of Artists in 2013. his work is held in private collections in the United Kingdom, France, Hungary, America, Mexico and Australia, demonstrating the wide appeal of this engaging talent. My favourite of his in the present Exhibition is a 3d ‘Baby Chimp’ (pictured) – so real I wanted to pick it up!

full-scottish-by-alice-mcmurroughAlice’s career led her to teaching full-time Art and Design in Secondary Education – and developing an impressive number of new initiatives which she introduced in secondary schools. As well, her work was included in the CD produced by the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, again for use in schools. Alice left teaching in 2008 to focus on painting full-time. This year she has been short-listed for the W Gordon Smith Award, where she was one of 50 successful (from an entry of over 430 Scottish artists who submitted work anonymously for consideration). Her work is featured in the Royal Scottish Academy and private collections across Scotland, England, Italy, S[ain and the USA.

Currently exhibiting at the Open Eye Gallery

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About 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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