Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh
Exhibition running until March 27
Across four rooms in the gallery, four artists present an inspiring collection of landscapes, birds, crustacea, still life and textiles, individually reflecting a sense of time, place, travel and the natural world.
Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom are a successful author and illustrator, husband and wife team, collaborating on books for children from bedtime stories to nature, science and history fun-to-learn topics.
A charming series of domestic scenes, vases of flowers, cake baking and walks along the beach by Brita Granstrom depict evocative memories and snapshots of family life with whimsy humour. Wander next door to see Manning’s imaginative watercolours and Pochair prints entitled “Wild Scottish”: puffins, snow geese and sea eagles swooping over their territory on vintage maps as well as fine illustrations of owls, lobsters and crabs.
With her meticulous eye, Sarah Carrington’s realist paintings of the Scottish coastline are based on photographs and sketches en plein air. Blending oils, gold leaf, varnish and sand, beach scenes highlight the light and movement of sea waves and cloudy sky.
Ladies love accessories and will be sure to covet the beautiful scarves and wraps, hand made by Henriette Stoehr in the natural fabrics of wool felt and chiffon silk. Beautifully warm, soft and luxurious to the touch featuring intricately embroidered flower petals and birds. Meeting a friend who loves fashion, I suggested she took a look at these – Reader, she bought a fabulous colourful scarf!
So do visit the Open Eye this month to browse this stunning showcase of arts and crafts inspired by nature and outdoor life.