February e-bulletin

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We have had a busy time in the Arts Centre recently. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who made our recent Burns Supper such a success, especially Sandra who managed to save the wine when the table collapsed. Thank you to everybody who participated in the event:

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Thanks also to Sue for the Selkirk Grace, Jenni for the vote of thanks and to everybody who contributed a song or a recitation to the entertainment during the course of the evening.

If you missed the Burns Supper do not despair; we have many more events and exhibitions coming up and we look forward to welcoming you to them.

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EVENTS

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APRÉS un RÊVE

Thursday the 16th February at 7.30pm

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This is an evening of song from Jennifer and Jessica. These two friends share a passion for all genres of music but are particularly interested in song. Their performances are always professional and well constructed and yet retain a freshness that is quite engaging. The songs this evening will range from classical to modern and the whole evening takes its inspiration from Faure’s song of the same title. The evening will explore themes of sleep, longings and aspirations.

This is the third time Jennifer and Jessica have visited us and on each occasion this versatile duo have explored different aspects of song. We are very much looking forward to hearing them again.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from the Craft Shop at 4 West Street or on line at www.penicuikarts.org.

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The Two Truths of Thomas the Rhymer

Friday the 3rd March at 7.30pm

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James Spence and Dan Serridge weave their story around the legend of Thomas the Rhymer, a seer and laird from the borders. Why not join them as they explore this most enigmatic of Border’s tales? The evening explores themes of childhood, loss and innocence. It has adult content and is suitable for 16+ years.

Music to enhance the tale is provided by Tom Kane.

Tickets are £10 (£8 for PCAA members) and are available from the craft shop at 4 West Street or on line at www.penicuikarts.org

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 Pentland Piano Festival

Saturday the 18th March.

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The Arts Association is pleased to support this exciting new event. This is a participation event designed to celebrate piano playing and piano repertoire in all its guises. Piano players from beginners to experienced players will have the opportunity to play on a Steinway piano in the beautiful surroundings of the South Church. A concert is planned for the evening. West Street Arts Centre will be open from 10.00am till 4.00pm providing snacks and lunches. Participants in the festival are invited to use our pianos either for practice or just an informal session.

Entry forms are available from West Street Arts Centre.

If you want more information on this event check out the web site www.pentlandpianofestival.co.uk

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EXHIBITIONS


Jenni Thomson

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Throughout February the exhibition in the gallery cafe is by our own Jenni Thomson. Jenni is known to many of our regular cafe visitors but they may be unaware of what a good artist Jenni is. Her paintings of landscape are quite atmospheric and demonstrate a love of the process of painting and simply enjoying using the materials. The exhibition is open from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) until the 4th of March.


 

STORIES: an exhibition of paintings by Ulla Hipkin

Opens on Sunday the 5th March from 2.00pm till 4.00pm. Openings are free and all are invited to come along.

It is several years since Ulla had a solo exhibition with us and we are very much looking forward to seeing her new works. Ulla takes her inspiration from the scenery and history on her door step and the exhibition is based on scenes from and around Midlothian.


 FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday March 25th               The Light Programme with Opus 8                                                     an evening of song

Friday April 21st                        Miguda String Quartet

Friday May 12th                        duke of ormidale folk duo

ThursdayJune 8th                   Fraser Fifield, saxophonist

Thursday August 31st             Accepting works for Penicuik                                                                     Turner Prize

September 2nd to 10th              PENFEST


We do hope you can join us at some of these events.

If you would like more information about the Association or would like to become more involved in the activities of the organisation please visit our web site at www.penicuikarts.org or phone Jackie on 01968675661

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March News Bulletin

 

Welcome to this e-bulletin. We hope you have managed to visit us and have enjoyed the events and exhibitions in the Gallery Cafe and Arts Centre.
If you have missed our fabulous four February stars, the Swingettes, you can ee and hear them here on youtube now with some of the fun and fine pieces they did here:

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The cafe continues to offer delicious home baking, soups and toasties all at very reasonable prices and now the Craft Shop has re-opened after its winter break with an even bigger and better display of hand-crafted gifts and cards. The Craft Co-op running the shop has now got its own facebook page, too!
If that is not enough to tempt you to visit us here are a few of the events that we think will:
MARCH EXHIBITION in the Cafe is by local photographer Jon Redpath. His images of nature are beautifully framed and composed. They are full of light and atmosphere. What a way to enjoy your morning coffee: surrounded by all these wonderful images of our countryside!
Hay Lodge Park by Jon Redpath
Hay Lodge Park by Jon Redpath
GERDA STEVENSON: NIGHT TOUCHES DAY on Friday the 27th of March at 7.30pm at 4 West Street. We are delighted to welcome Gerda to the Arts Centre. She is known as an actress, director, story teller and singer-song writer. She was nominated as Scots singer of the Year in the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards  2014 and was also nominated as one of the Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland in 2014. She has toured her own play, “Federer versus Murray” in New York.
click on image for more details of album
It is as a singer and song writer we are welcoming Gerda to the Art Centre. Along with her friends she will give an evening of original and well known songs from her new album “Night Touches Day” This collection is garnering rave reviews:
 Herald
“Gerda’s theatre background shines through in timing and diction that make her storytelling lyrics all the more potent and entertaining.”.
Rob Adams
Pennyblack music
“‘Night Touches Day’ is such an accomplished work that one wonders why Stevenson hasn’t released an album before”
Malcolm Carter
Tickets for this concert are £10 (£8 for members of PCAA) are available at www.penicuikarts.org or from our Gift Shop from the 28th of February.

 

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Friday April 24th the Roxburgh string quartet perform a programme of Purcell, Mozart and Mendelssohn.
Friday the 22nd May Henry Marsh and friends present an evening of poetry and music in Rosslyn Chapel.

PENFEST 2015

Our annual festival of all the arts will run from the 5th to the 13th of September. We are delighted to say that the fees for the open art and craft exhibition have been frozen at last year’s rates: that is a hanging fee of £3 per item for non-members (£2 for members) and a commission rate of 25% for non-members (15% for members).
If you would like to help with the festival or want to put on an event as part of the festival contact Jackie on 01968675661.

 

Finally our YARN GROUP continues to meet on Wednesday mornings from 10.00am at 4 West Street. This is an informal group that meets to share expertise on knitting and all things to do with yarn (including “yarn” as in anecdotes and stories). Bring along your UFO’s, your experience and questions. Entry by donation.

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