Ian and Maggie Kinnear of Oathlaw Pottery and Gallery have once again put together an eclectic show for their popular Christmas exhibition.
An annual event since 1999, the exhibition is eagerly awaited by regular gallery visitors as the proper way to start the Christmas season.
All work displayed is for sale and chosen by the gallery to make perfect presents for art lovers.
This year’s show is a wonderful feast of painting, printmaking, ceramics,glass,jewellery and metalwork.
For regular visitors to Oathlaw there is a great mix of old and new. Established gallery favourites include John Johnstone, whose prints and paintings always depict a quirky and often enigmatic view of the world.
Painter Tim Cockburn depicts a world where the lighthearted and whimsical are depicted in glowing colours. Other regulars include Elizabeth Watson, who looks to the land and seas around Angus for her inspiration, as does Elaine Cunningham.
Lynda Watson’s work for this show depicts glimpses of landscapes abroad.
Janet Melrose RSW, from Crieff, paints her very personal still lives of what surrounds her in the studio or just outside her window. Frances Law returns with her beautifully crafted paintings.
Liz Murray RSW is also well known to Oathlaw visitors for her delicate works combining watercolour and mixed media to convey a sense of memory and story.
Two very different artists showing for the first time at Oathlaw are painters Malcolm McCoig, whose imaginative work based on landscapes will intrigue, and Madeleine Hand who uses a subtle palate to convey the often wistful and quiet stories in her work.
Printmaking is represented by the distinctive world of Jennifer Mackie whose work often inhabits a world full of angels, animals and food, and by the quite different world of Barbara Robertson whose linoprints often show a funny and punning look at life, executed in multi-coloured layers of expert fine carving.
New this year there will be glass by Elin Isaksson and metalwork by Jonathan Eadie from Ayrshire. Jan Johnstone returns with her popular distinctive jewellery, each piece different from any other.
Attached as it is to Ian and Magggie’s ceramics studio, the gallery takes great pride in the breadth of work in that medium that it shows.
The huge variety includes in-glaze lustre by Fiona Duckett, and brightly coloured earthenware by Mark Haillay. In contrast is fine porcelain by Cathrine Holtet, often with a sea theme, sometimes carved or water etched to show up the translucent quality of the clay.
Figurative stoneware is represented by the work of Ludmilla Kosmina, Wenna Crockatt and, new this year, the fantastic figures of people and animals by Bel McCoig. For those who like stylish well-thrown ceramics that can be used for preparing and serving food, they can choose from thrown stoneware from Brian Cook Shand, and work from the studio of Ian and Maggie themsleves as well as the hand-built ceramics of Iain Nelson, who also shows large planters for garden and conservatory.
Hilke MacIntyre shows her individual tile panels, limited edition bas relief “prints” in clay.
There will also be raku by Maggie who is revisiting the theme of boats and also shows small raku panels on Christmas themes.
All in all, a veritable feast.
The exhibition opened on Sunday and runs until Sunday, December 15. It is free and is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.