Art Club – Fringe by the Sea
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Fringe By The Sea Art Club, an exhibition on Openness.

Thank you to all those who contributed.

Hebridean Dream

Angela Ince

Age 67, Longniddry

‘Hebridean Dream’

In 2020 I planned to visit the isles of Lewis and Harris but alas it was not to be. Instead I could only dream of the glorious ever changing colours and vast open spaces of these beautiful islands and paint what I hope to see once we are free to travel again.

Jenny Cuney

Age 33, North Berwick

‘Open Your Imagination’

In this illustration, I was looking to incorporate the Bass Rock in the wavy hair of a dreamy character. The hair symbolises the sea and also the thoughts that sail through us every day. It is an invitation to be open to everything that comes along the waves… even a cheeky little crab!

Jenny Cuney

Age 33, North Berwick

‘You have mail’

A beautifully located mail box inspired me for this illustration! Along with the Bass Rock and poppies popping out in the spring… it relates to openness as the little bird is there to spread the love along with the mail that we send to our loved ones.

Ella Noonan

Age 12, Aberlady

This is my artwork. It is inspired by sea swimming and calm mornings in North Berwick. It has the Bass Rock and that other island which I have forgotten the name of. It is meant to remind people of freedom and fresh air.

Mel Chambers

Age 50, North Berwick

‘Come in Cottage’

I have used doors and windows to reflect the topic of openness. This fairy cottage has been created to be touched and opened. Behind the door and through the windows are secret surprises to bring delight. I have used an assortment of treasure found in North Berwick.

Jane Steven

Age 80, Gifford

Throughout history the open palm has been associated with truth, honesty, openness and protection. My painting demonstrates these last two. These palms cradle members of my precious family. New members are welcome whether by marriage, birth or adoption. The Celtic knots represent eternity including love and loyalty.

Mandy Haeburn Little

Age 62, North Berwick

I moved to North Berwick three years ago. There isn’t a day that I don’t look at the scale of the ever changing sky which epitomises openness to me. I took this photo from the beach literally five minutes before it snowed in April of this year – a rare occurrence here. 

Michael Neil

Age 46

My art is related to openness in the sense that I start with a shape which I will shade, sometimes a lot and other times not so much, and where the work goes from there is completely open to my imagination. I gravitate towards certain shapes and forms but the whole process is wide open in terms of what the finished piece will look like.

Michael Neil

Age 46

My art is related to openness in the sense that I start with a shape which I will shade, sometimes a lot and other times not so much, and where the work goes from there is completely open to my imagination. I gravitate towards certain shapes and forms but the whole process is wide open in terms of what the finished piece will look like.

Rosie Watson

Age 27, North Berwick

These two designs are inspired by long walks along the beaches in East Lothian. The never-ending openness of the sand, pebbles and water allows me to switch off and think and be inspired. My imagination drifts off, dreaming about what happens in the sea and how the animals are using the open space when we look after it. 

Rosie Watson

Age 27, North Berwick

These two designs are inspired by long walks along the beaches in East Lothian. The never-ending openness of the sand, pebbles and water allows me to switch off and think and be inspired. My imagination drifts off, dreaming about what happens in the sea and how the animals are using the open space when we look after it. 

Wilma Shaw

Age 70+, North Berwick

45 words with openness at their centre. Words communicate and art stimulates, hopefully together they open up a conversation.

Just a piece of fun!

Ian McNeill

Wallyford

The Isle of Skye, more than any other place in all the world gives me a real sense of openness, space, freedom and feelgood. The sheer beauty of the island scenery is almost impossible to copy simply because it is a landscape created by God, and didn’t He make a perfect job of it, from the ruggedness of the mountains to the tranquility of the lochs, and the rich textures and colours of the sunsets.

Mandy Haeburn Little

Age 62, North Berwick

I painted this during lockdown at a time when everyday life felt extremely constrained, tense and limited. The broken fence on the beach acted as a way into the huge open scale of the sky and the sea. An invitation to openness.

Matt O’Connor

North Berwick

“Pete” the polar bear represents the openness of the north and the openness of my life because he is covered with remnants of my past.

Ray Harris

I thought about open door, vast expanse, space, sky, oceans, beaches and all wide open spaces. I thought about how our senses work and how nature makes me feel contented and happy.

Stewart Watt

Age 71, North Berwick

The painting of Havana Cathedral just after the Communist regime allowed it to open again. If you look closely, you can see the alcoves where the statues of saints have been removed.

Tracey Kinnell

Musselburgh

This piece has been done from an original photo taken when my sister and brother in law were on safari in Africa. This represents openness to me as it is nature at its best, a baby elephant roaming free in the openness of nature with its family close by, something we have all missed being able to do recently.

Debbie Shinton

North Berwick

This is a tribute to the businesses on North Berwick High Street. To those who stayed open throughout 2020 putting themselves on the front line. To the restaurants, cafes and pubs who have struggled with the ever changing restrictions. And to those who were forced to close completely and were finally able to open their doors on the 26th of April. We’re glad you’re back.

Thank you.

Martin White

age 56, Gullane

Inspired by some wire sculptures I saw hanging in an Edinburgh Shopping centre, I wanted to make a ‘Transparent Man’ – life size, open, unidentifiable, fragile, but also made of steel. He’s barely visible during the day, but if you turn the lights out he has hidden qualities, he actually glows in the dark…

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