Sky High, Mountain Deep

Artists,  Susie Leiper and Sheila McInnes, take us outdoors, soaring to mountain and sky, skimming the waters. sliding the slopes. 

For Susie Leiper, the mountain is an inexhaustible source of material, both visual and verbal. Looking both at, and into, the mountain, she paints and writes on everything from vast walls and canvases to small pieces of wood and artist books. (Pictured left: ‘Now acquamarine, now Verdigris’)

Her painting is sometimes layered with calligraphic renderings of poetry in the Chinese vein. Susie lives and works in Edinburgh as a painter and calligrapher. Heer work is widely exhibited and she has won several awards and her work is in many renowned collections, including the National Library of Scotland, the British Museum and The Royal Collection.

By contrast,  Sheila McInnes also takes us out of doors and into the skies. Her exhibition is titled ‘For Those Who Fly’. She writes: ‘What does it feel like to fly? Why does the sound of The Oystercatchers (header picture) make the sky seem bigger? How do foxes vanish? Why do butterflies touch our hearts and make us miss the ones we have lost? They fly through our senses and vanish. They leave a space and echoes a memory of something gained and lost.’ (Pictured left is, ‘Everyday Angels’.)

Both artists are currently exhibiting at The Open Eye Gallery. Sheila, until 22nd July, and Susie, until 24th July.

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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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