Exhibitions & Events

Late Night Shopping for Christmas

If you are planning on shopping locally this year, supporting Independent Makers we are staying open!  The gallery is full to bursting with beautiful handmade gifts for your loved ones….

Wednesday 19th December 2018 EXTENDED OPENING HOURS FROM 10:00AM – 8:00PM.

 

Winter Exhibition

16 November 2018 – 20th January 2019

Our Winter Exhibition this year features new work from over 50 local artists, in a wide variety of styles; below is a small selection of the work on show:

 

 

Boy Meets Girl Next Door Exhibition

4th October – 4th November 2018

We are delighted to announce a dramatic and contrasting exhibition from Stonehaven artist, Colin Brown & Aboyne artist, Stephanie Vandem in Gallery Two this month.

Dundee born Colin Brown is inspired by ‘all types of contemporary culture’, with a strong influence from Germany & Berlin in particular.  Uneven surfaces and dashes of unmixed paint with posters torn from the streets of Berlin give his work a sense of urban decay.

“if you tear something off a wall, often what it leaves behind is interesting as well,” says Colin “it’s layers, human histories…. the posters are often thick on the wall…evolution and change – that’s what the work is to me.”

 

Brazilian born Stephanie Vandem was educated in Paris, London, New York and Florence and has paintings in several international private collections.  The images in Stephanie’s ‘Lifting’ series allude to the individuals’ level of endurance, showmanship & shared cultural identity which works as a support mechanism for achievement.

“I prefer to look at one individual at a time, positioning my figures against plain backgrounds that emphasize body design and the canvas edges.

 

Wild & Wonderful Watercolours Exhibition

31ST AUGUST – 1ST OCTOBER 2018

A beautiful exhibition of new original watercolours by local artists; Jenny Musker and Jonathan Wheeler.

Jenny Musker is known for her detailed wildlife watercolours.  Having recently moved house to Drumoak, she has been inspired by the birdlife that she has observed in her new garden.  Over the past 8 months she has been creating a new planting area to encourage birds, bees and butterflies to visit.  Twenty siskins, eleven starlings and nine robins have been fighting for nesting spaces and have been a source of inspiration for her new paintings.

Jenny also works in miniature and is a member of several miniature art societies, including the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers.  She has won many prestigious awards and her works are in collections across the UK, South Africa, Canada and the USA.

Jonathan Wheeler has made a full-time profession of his very vivid style of art, constantly finding new ways to express his passion for the beauty of the Highlands and its architectural heritage through his chosen medium of watercolour.  Jonathan was born in Lancashire in 1958 and lived in Australia, Brazil and different parts of the United Kingdom before settling down to live in the Highlands, having built an ecological house at Findhorn in Moray.

He exhibits his work in galleries around the UK and his work has travelled internationally, including to the USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil.

Fantastic Four exhibiting at Milton for NEOS 2018!

We are delighted to announce that four of our fabulous local talents are exhibiting at Milton Art Gallery for NEOS 2018 from the 8th – 16th September.  The artists will be on hand to meet you and discuss their work.

 

Kanita Sim

As a textile designer & painter colours and textures are important to me.  They are factors which assist me in creating moods, emotions and atmosphere on the canvas.  I hope that my eastern heritage together with my adopted Scottishness will add to the vibrancy of my work.  I will be available during NEOS from 11am to 3pm daily.  Looking forward to seeing you.

 

Jane Birrell

My colourful uplifting work is popular with global clientele.  Known for my Coos,I explore new subjects and continue to react emotionally to my immediate surroundings.  Layer, splatter, scratch & scrape techniques reveal a textural and often abstract journey of memory and sentiment.  I am delighted to be at a new venue for my NEOS exhibition this year at Milton Art Gallery.

 

Roy Benzies

I have always liked the landscape of the North East or Scotland.  Deeside, Donside and coastal villages feature in my paintings.  More recently I have developed an interest in Aberdeen City and places in Spain.  I enjoy painting in oils but also use Acrylics, watercolours and other media.

 

Sandie Youngson

I paint mainly in oil and acrylic.  I do a huge amount of international travel and use this for my inspiration.  I do mostly landscapes, my passion is the ocean so beaches feature highly!  If you find the time to visit, a warm welcome awaits!

 

 

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Surf n Turf

20th July – 1st September 2018

 

An exhibition of Contemporary Seascapes and Landscapes including new works from

Linda Park,  Susie Lee,  Sandie Youngson, Allison Young  &  June Meredew

Mixed Summer Exhibition

18th May – 15th July 2018

 

A colourful and varied exhibition featuring over 40 artists in a diverse range of media and styles to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets.  Below is a selection of some of the work on display.

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Reunited

 

The Re-United exhibition will run from 24 March to 13 May 2018.

Nine North-East Scotland artists will be exhibiting together after first meeting through North East Open Studios. They will show a variety of new work from painting, prints to sculptures.

(Note: please click on individual images for full view)

Kathleen Buchan’s inspiration comes from nature, the different seasons and the changing light from early morning to evening. She is passionate about colour and uses bold and unusual combinations of colour and a variety of mixed media to capture atmospheric, vivid and imaginative paintings.

Mairi Ewan constructed her sculptures for this exhibition using mainly wood which is built into bold rhythmic structures to reflect order. Mostly painted black there is no distraction from their form.

Rosy Long trained in Drawing and Painting at Grays School of Art. Living in Muchalls, Aberdeenshire, she draws inspiration from her surroundings. Her colourful work now uses Recycled materials to build bas-relief and 3D artforms.

Hazel McAllister  works in all media and her preference at the moment is acrylic on canvas. Subject matter comes from nature, landscape, trees and “anything that interests me”. Hazel studied with the Open College of the Arts and graduated at Bucks New University. She shows her work publicly and has paintings in corporate and private collections nationally and internationally.

Martin R Nelson’s work contains a strong geometric aesthetic. Geometry is unyielding in its discipline, there is no compromise, it is whole, complete, it is absolute and yet abstract.

Margaret Pitt graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 2003. She set up her studio outside Auchenblae where she presently concentrates on woodcut printmaking often overprinting to produce primarily one-off pieces.

April X J Pressley’s  work describes the bridge between ourselves and the natural world, with an aesthetic appreciation of flight and forests, the air patterned by movement, the earth traced with interlinked life.

Cath Roberts juxtaposes different elements of the landscape against the sea – the solidity of the agricultural farmland/headlands etc. of the North East contrasted with the sea and its constant changing light. For this exhibition, Cath looks to balance these aspects in her paintings through versatile use of the palette knife essentially combining the rough with the smooth.

Jenny Watt Colbeck creates paintings with illustrative qualities and storytelling possibilities.She focusses on achieving balance of colour, composition and form. This exhibition showcases her love of boat shapes within the landscape.

 

 

Alanda Calmus

Alanda is a self taught wildlife and portrait painter. Working from a studio at her home in Fochabers, Morayshire, she has developed her own unique style characterised by realist subjects, painted in oil, which are superimposed upon abstract acrylic backgrounds.

Alanda’s artwork has been displayed in numerous solo and group shows and has been acquired and commissioned by collectors across the UK and in the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

Please click on images for full view

 

Alison Ewan

Alison has lived and worked in Aberdeenshire all her life.  As a student, she was one of the first women to graduate, as an architect, from Gray’s School of Art. After working as an architect for 25 years, circumstances dictated a change of direction so painting became the new focus.

Allison is particularly fond of old buildings and structures which blend with the landscape, reflecting the passage of time or which strike a familiar chord and perhaps awaken forgotten memories.  For this exhibition she is showing a collection of mixed media and watercolours.

 She is an elected member of the Society of Limmers (miniaturists) and has had work exhibited in Australia and the USA.

 

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Mixed Winter Exhibition  17 November – 21 January 2018

 

We are delighted to host a wonderful variety of local artists in our annual winter exhibition, featuring paintings, sculptures, ceramics, pottery. Below is a small selection of art works, please click on thumbnails to enlarge.

 

Morag Stevenson

Aberdeen born Morag Stevenson studied Fine Art at Aberdeen College. She lists Ken Frewin and Joan Eardley, among others, as her main influences. She has a great love of the west coast and the western isles, and these are featured in many of her works. Morag’s paintings explore texture, colour and observation capturing atmosphere and emotion in mixed media and oils. She has been represented at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow Art Fairs as well as The Scottish Homes Exhibition, exhibiting in many galleries including Dundas Street, Edinburgh. Morag has a loyal following of collectors and her work is held in private collections throughout Scotland and abroad.

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Scottish Potters and Still Life Exhibition 29th September – 17th November 2017

We are now hosting a vibrant collection of Scottish artists featuring ceramics and Still Life paintings.

Exhibiting artists are:  Aurora, Karen Beattie, Beth Bidwell, Kristine Blackbourne, Francis Boag, Val Burns, John H Burness, Mary Conacher, Hilary Gauci, Irene Hughes, Jennifer Mackenzie, Joseph Morgan, Fran Marquis, Veronica Newman, Mina Rusk, Maralyn Reed-Wood.

 

 

Deborah Phillips – 1st – 30th October 2017

We are delighted to introduce Deborah Phillips to the Milton Art Gallery in her first mini solo exhibition. Deborah attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and graduated with BA (honours) in 1987. Following graduation she took up the post of Merchandise Designer with the National Trust for Scotland and a similar post with Historic Scotland followed. Her design work has been featured in several leading women’s magazines and her paintings featured in International Artist, Artists and Illustrators, Picture Business and Art Business Today to name but a few. She also worked with an international art and craft materials company demonstrating products at leading art fairs.

Deborah says, ” I enjoy all aspects of creating a painting, from going out into the the stunning Scottish countryside to collect reference material, priming the board on which I will paint, squeezing paint from the tubes and watching it glisten on the palette,holding the well-used brushes, mixing the squelchy colour and applying it in swathes, varnishing, framing and then seeing the finished article on a gallery wall – every stage gives me a thrill.”

 

Ed Hunter – mini solo exhibition -1 September – 30 September

Ed Hunter is a Scottish painter specialising in landscapes, seascapes and mountains in oil.  Ed studied drawing and painting in evening classes at Glasgow School of Art tutored by Charlie Boyle. He turned professional in 1993 and has since exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute, Paisley Art Institute and galleries in U.K., U.S.A., Germany, France and Russia. Ed received The Calder Award from Paisley Art Institute 2016

In Ed’s own words: “My sources are mostly hills and coast. I’m out on the hills every week and there is a natural drama there with changing cloud and weather patterns and a wee element of risk.
You soak up (sometimes literally) the atmosphere, and the challenge when you stand looking at the canvas,is to intensify the reality of the experience. I know it is essential to look to new experiences to keep the work fresh, avoid repetition and keep myself charged. At the end of the day it all comes down to communication and you really want to express yourself in the best way you can.”

For further information on size and prices of Ed Hunters paintings, please click here

25 August – 25 September 2017 – Catriona MacEachen and Mike Samson

(for further details of Catriona MacEachen’s paintings please click here, for further details about Mike Samson’s painting please click here)

Catriona MacEachen lives in Fife and works as a freelance artist specialising in Scottish land and seascapes. She has a strong affinity with the North West of Scotland, Skye and the Isles and believes there to be nowhere more beautiful or inspirational. Catriona heads Northward at every opportunity and these trips greatly influence her work.

Catriona’s work is influenced primarily by her love of nature. The intense colours, perpetually changing light, perfect forms and dramatic land and seascapes of the natural world of her homeland are a constant source of fascination and inspiration. She uses a variety of media depending on the mood or atmosphere she wishes to convey. She often chooses to work in acrylic to fully capture the vivid hues of a dramatic East Coast sunrise or Hebridean sunset.Catriona exhibits widely in galleries throughout Scotland.

She has many pieces in private collections both in the UK and abroad.


Mike Samson is known for his Contemporary Scottish landscape paintings and drawings exploring expressive landscapes and seascapes throughout Scotland. Michael lives and works in the North East of Scotland; his paintings record the passing of time and season.

“Our pace of life dictates that we observe our world through a veil, failing to pause and enjoy the depth and colour of our experiences. In producing these drawings and paintings it was my intention to experience each location as deeply as possible; in all moods and conditions, at different times of day and season. I find that completing the work on location expresses the passing moments with rawness; there are few artistic ‘tricks’, just an honest response to what I see and feel.”

He now teaches, demonstrates and exhibits throughout Scotland.


Kanita Sim: 3 August – 29th September 2017

Born in Thailand, Kanita grew up surrounded by the vibrant colours of the gorgeous Thai silks, which were produced in her parent’s Thai silk factory in Bangkok.  This early influence of colour and fabric has had a hugely important effect on Kanita’s work.

Kanita studied textile design at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. Her love of colour and her knowledge of fabric design can be seen in the pleasing compositions and subtle, often imaginative colourings of her paintings, to which she has now turned full time.

(more  pictures to follow shortly)

 

Castles and Coast Exhibition: 14th July – 20th August 2017

We would like to invite you to our Castles and Coast exhibition which has just opened featuring a vibrant range of art works that celebrate the variety of seascapes and castles in Scotland.  The exhibition will run until 20th August.

Our exhibiting artists are: Catherine Armstrong-Taylor, Black Isle Bronze, Kate Cunningham, Dee Dee Dewar, James Fraser, Chris Sharp, Kanita Sim, Caroline Simmel, Fiona Thompson, Alison Young, Sandie Youngson and Jim Wright.

 

 

Jenny Musker – June Solo Exhibition

Jenny Musker is a wildlife artist who trained in scientific and natural history illustration. She grew up in Liverpool and now lives and works in Aberdeen. Her solo exhibition features exquisite watercolours based on her observation of wildlife –  “It is a privileged moment when you see an animal in its natural habitat and I love to reproduce it for others to enjoy. These brief exciting encounters are what wildlife painting is all about”

 

 

Mixed Summer Exhibition: 12th May 2017 – 9th July 2017

Be inspired by the stunning collection of work from artists across Aberdeenshire and beyond.

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Majestic Animals: 24th March – 7th May 2017

A collection of work by various artists including Chris Sharp, Jenny Musker, Gordon Corrins and many more.

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Studio Sale: 3rd February – 19th March 2017

A collection of work by various artists at a reduced price.

Sandie Youngson Rolling Surf

Karen Hadjitofi Mini Solo Exhibition: 3rd February – 28th February 2017

Karen Hadjitofi Wheat field