Bringing Fife to the Open Eye

Two Fife-based artists, Charles MacQueen RSW, RGI  and Christine Woodside RGI, are currently exhibiting their work at the Open Eye Gallery.

Charles MacQueen believes his painting is not a representation but an evocation.

Working in mixed media, colour and surface texture he creates works which incorporate memories and forms observed from his many travels. MacQueen was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1962. He then taught art until 1990 when he retired and became a full-time artist. (Cathedral is pictured left).

Charles travelled extensively in Morocco, Italy, the Greek islands and France. These travels inspired the colour and light exemplified in his pictures. As an acclaimed artist he has received many accolades, including the Glasgow Civic Art Prize in 1991 and the Torrance Award as well as the Teachers Whisky Travel Award, both at the Royal Glasgow Institute.

In 1983 Charles was elected as a member of The Royal Glasgow Institute. The year 1984’s achievement was his election to The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. Charles MacQueen’s works are to be found in public and private collections world-wide. (His Moroccan Spice Shop is pictured left)

Christine Woodside is inspired by her travels as well as the rural landscape of her surroundings. She studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and graduated in 1963. The year 1966 was a momentous one when she won the David Murray Scholarship for landscape painting after being elected in 1963 as a member of The Royal Society of Scottish Painters in Watercolour. More recently, in 1995 Christine was awarded the Teachers Whisky Travel Award – which had also been given to fellow-exhibitor, Charles MacQueen.

The award enabled Christine to visit North Africa. This country had a significant on her technique in later years. Study visits to Morocco, Tunisia and Italy gave her a brighter palette with, for example, paint being applied more thickly.

Recent paintings by Christine depict the Fife countryside, where she raised her family. I believe the artist would agree with me this gives an insight into artist’s personality! In 1999 came her election as a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art. (Winter Window is pictured left and February Light, Strathmiglo in the header pic).

The current Exhibition runs until Monday 13 February 2017. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.
34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Telephone 0131 557 1020. email

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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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