Treasure Trove

Reviewer, Christine Richard, picks out her favourite pre-Christmas treasures currently on offer at the Open Eye Gallery…

Small works and large - all  have a vivied story to tell.

birdsLeon Morroco’s colourful ‘Lunch on the Beach’ (header picture) painted in oil on board speaks of brilliant sunshine and exotic enjoyment. Then, by contrast, we have a gentle work by Anne Ross RSW produced in mixed media and called ‘Birds n the Garden’. The theme continues with ‘Sweet Peas and Sparrows’ again in mixed media by Brent Millar. I found this work particularly intriguing in its gentleness as sometimes Brent’s pictures can be very dramatic.

oe512The same can be said of Paul Furneaux’s large and very evocative abstract inspired, he told me, by the changing light on Lewis on the North West Coast of Scotland over the course of a day.

I also looked at some lovely delicate silver jewellery made by designer, Sally Cuthbert which is on display and was attracting considerable interest this Christmas period. Sally describes her jewellery as ‘bespoke fripperies’ which is, I think a very modest description.

turbulent-sea-and-a-grey-green-sky-1The exhibition runs until the 23rd December.

The Open Eye Gallery is located at 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, telephone 0131 5571020

Opening Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and 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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