North East Open Studio begins this weekend

NEOS starts this Saturday Septmeber 12
NEOS starts this Saturday Septmeber 12

The biggest open Studio event in Scotland starts this Saturday September 12 as NEOS runs until Monday September 21.

Around 221 artists throughout the north east are due to take part with around 43 artists from across Kincardine and Mearns getting involved.

Artists will be opening their studios, workshops and sheds to welcome visitors and exhibit their work.

Crafts people in wood, glass, silver and ceramics and artists working in paint, textiles, print and photography are all displaying work and often have projects in progress to show you. Most artists will also have some work on sale.

In Stonehaven nine artists have Open Studios - Maggie O’Hagan is showing jewellery and pretty things made with silver and semi precious stones in her silversmith’s workshop, Diana Dellanze’s painting with interesting textual details are inspired by the Mearns countryside, and Margaret MacDonald’s acrylic paintings of the Stonehaven coastline and the Western Isles are supplemented this year with watercolour and pastel pictures.

Bern Ross, who is exhibiting at the library paints seascapes and produces quirky artwork. Colourful ceramics, inspired by marine life and flowers are made by Nikki Bruce in her Green shed and Kathleen Buchan is once again showing her mixed media picture of the countryside which glow with bold, imaginative colour.

Colin Brown’s paintings offer an alternative to images that we see daily and he is exhibiting alongside Julia Krone Oliver, who paints dream-like landscapes with water as a dominant theme. Towns and landscapes from Scandinavia and Stonehaven are painted in oils and shown by Ragnhild Ericsson.

In Inverbervie, the Mavericks ArtCraft Group will be holding their opening event for this year’s North East Open Studios exhibition this Friday, September 11, at Hallgreen Castle, from 7-10pm.

It will be a medieval themed fun evening with fancy dress, music, lights, entertainment and light refreshments. Dressing up in medieval costume adds to the enjoyment but is not compulsory.

If anyone would like to contribute to the medieval entertainment with acrobatics, juggling and fire-eating, then get in touch with the group.

The exhibition runs from September 12-21, with the Castle open from 11am-5pm daily.

In Johnshaven there is a mixture of printmaking, ceramics, painting and mixed media including Annie’s Shed which is an “Aladdin’s cave of beachcombed finds” used to create quirky and unique items.

There are 11 artists from Johnshaven taking part in this years open studios, eight from Catterline, six from Arbuthnott and Fourdon.

A list of all the artists taking part and their opening times is in the free Open Studios Directory which is available at the library, museum and many other shops and business around the town.

Look out for the yellow signs in the street pointing to the various venues around Kincardine and Mearns.

The directory includes a map showing the locations of all the studios from Findhorn to St Cyrus, with details maps of Stonehaven, Johnshaven and Aberdeen.