THE PORTSOY FESTIVAL ART HOOSE

The Art Hoose was a completely new feature of the Scottish Traditional Festival in 2007. It provided an opportunity for a window to be opened on the working artists of Banffshire. It allowed artists to show you what they do, how they do it and of course it gave the public an opportunity to own original artwork.

A wide range of paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings were on display and visitors were able to see artists at work. A wide range of artists exhibited and, over the weekend, there were scheduled demonstrations of working with oil paints, soft pastels and clay. The artists included James and Anne Johnston from Portsoy; Jemima Chillingworth, artist in Residence in Gardenstown with 'Sense Scotland'; Carn Standing, from Boyndie; Gallery 83 of Gardenstown, with the work of Bryan Angus and others; Kathryn Sharp of King Edward; Jennifer Mole of Banff; Louise Hewitt of Fraserburgh, and Michael Kitchen of Alvah.

The scheduled demonstrations ran on both Saturday and Sunday and included Bryan Angus with still life in oil paints; Michael Kitchen with drawing with soft pastels and Carn Standing modeling in clay from life.

The project proved highly popular with the demonstrations filled to capacity with visitors and it is planned that the Art Hoose will be a permanent attraction at the annual Festival.

The Festival Committee would like to its sincere thanks to Bryan and Carla Angus for their hard work in making the Art Hoose a reality and to Banff and Buchan Arts Forum for providing half of the funding for the initial staging of the project.