February News Bulletin

It was great to see so many friends and supporters at our recent concert in the Music hub featuring Wendy Carle Taylor and friends. The concert was a sell-out. Thanks to Penicuik High School and Penicik Folk Club who joined with us in promoting this event.

Enjoy the embedded slide show on the right here with the perfect pictures the wonderful Ioana Colfescu made of that night. And if  you click on the slide show the images will open in an extra tab in large size for you to scroll through.

And if you click on the link of her name you can admire more of her photographic work. We hope to have you exhibit your work at West Street as soon as the calendar allows.

The opening of the exhibition of paintings by David Owen on the 4th of January was also very successful and 6 lucky people managed to buy original works of art at very reasonable prices.

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An exciting programme of events and exhibitions continues.

Here are some dates for your diary.



Friday 27th Feb at 7.30pm  Swing and sway with the SWINGETTES. Relax as this award winning a cappella quartet entertain with their close harmonies and swinging rythms. Tickets £8 (£6 for PCAA members) available from our craft shop or on http://penicuikarts.org/event/swing-and-sway-with-the-swingettes/

Swingette's publicity shot

 Friday, 27th March at 7.30pm : Gerda Stevenson is an actress, director, singer and song writer. She was nominated for Scots Singer of the Year in the 2014 MG Alba Trad Music Awards and she has also been nominated as one of the Saltire Society’s  Outstanding Women of Scotland. She has recently released a  highly acclaimed album “Night Touches Day”. This, her debut album, consists entirely of self-written material and it is notable for the quality of her vocal work, and for the storytelling skills in her wildly varied songs.

Gerda is accompanied by outstanding traditional musicians and we are looking forward to a hugely entertaining evening of song, music and banter. More info soon here.


Friday 24th April at 7.30pm The Roxburgh String Quartet present a programme of classical music: Purcell Three Fantasies; Mozart Quartet in G major and Mendelssohn op 13 in A minor. We are delighted to host this concert and expect it to be very popular. Tickets will be available from one month before the concert.

Friday 22nd May Henry Marsh is again presenting an evening of poetry and music in Roslin Chapel. More details available in next newsletter.


Sunday 1st February from 2.00pm till 4.00pm: Opening of Exhibition of prints and paintings by Gavin Johnston. Gavin presents an exciting body of work largely based round his experiences on Lewis. Refreshments will be available at the opening and all are welcome. The exhibition will then be open from 10.00am till 4.00pm every day except Sundays until the 28th of February.

During March the Cafe Gallery will display a selection of photographs by local photographer Jon Redpath.


Yarn Group

Wednesday mornings from 10.00am till midday, the Yarn Group meets. This group is interested in all things to do with yarn from spinning to knitting. Bring along your knitting or crochet to get encouragement, to complete a “U.F.O”,to get help with a woolly problem,to start a new project or to try out a new technique. Share your experience and even try out a new fibre craft.

Spinning classes.

2 weekend workshops are planned for those interested in spinning. On the 7th and 8th February there is a beginner’s spinning class and on the 28th of March a class suitable for those with some experience is plannned

For more information on these classes please contact Doreen by email at marsh@scottishfibres.co.uk

Art Sparks


This popular art class for children runs from 1.30pm every Friday during term time: P1-P7 from 1.30pm till 2.30pm and P6 -S5 from 2.30pm till 3.40pm. Costs £4 per week. (no classes on 13th and 20th  February). For further information contact Alison Tait on 07981 368611



You may recognise this little chap from PEANUTS.  Linus Quilts is a nation-wide charity that takes its inspiration from Linus by making comfort quilts to give to children who are seriously ill in hospital. If you are interested in the work of the organisation or would like to become invoved by making quilts for this very worthwhile cause come along on Monday 23rd February at 2.00pm to hear about the charity. 2 further practical sessions are planned for the 9th and 23rd of March both at 2.00pm. Entry by donnation.


We are having a great spring clean of the Art Association on 22nd of February starting at 11.00am. We need help to move, clean and dispose of any unwanted articles: so if you have a spare hour on that day please come along with your dusters, buckets and mops.

Please note that the main focus of the clean will be the easel cupboard although if we get enough help we hope to do much more than that.  If you have any works of art or other articles in 4 West Street please remove them before the 22nd of February otherwise the cleaners may dispose of them. If you have any concerns about this or are unable to come to the centre before then please phone Jackie on 01968 675661 to discuss.



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October news bulletin




24th October  at 7.30pmTHE SONGS AND MUSIC OF SCOTLAND

presented by Eilidh Munro and Eilidh Steel. These 2 friends combine their musical talents to give an evening of songs in Gaelic and Scots. Tickets £8 (£6 for PCAA members) available from Craft Shop or from website.http://penicuikarts.org/event/songs-and-music-of-scotland/


8th  October to 17th October Midlothian Science Festival Events:


  • 8th October Lecture on Pollution and Climate Change
  • 11th October Practical Family Day of hands-on science from 11.00am till 3.00pm
    • has changed to Felt the Sky, with Crafts4All in the Townhall, 11.30am – 1.30pm
  • 15th October Energy from Air looks at the role of wind farms
  • 17th October An unusual evening of science in Music from Maxwell to Higgs followed by a lecture.

science fest poster oct 14

For more details of all these events and to buy tickets visit our website at www.penicuikarts.org



This is an opportunity for artists who would like to run art workshops in local schools. If this is something that intersts you please email PCAA@penicuikarts.org



A book of children’s stories from the recent children’s writing competition is now available. This book will make a delightful Christmas present. Order by 7th October from the Gallery Cafe, West Street; Penicuik Library, or Pen-y-Coe Press for a special price of £8 or visit penicuikepic.wordpress.com



PCAA needs help urgently to ensure the committee membership remains above 8 members as required by the constitution. If the committee falls below 8 it cannot function or make any decisions about running the Association. The committee meets at most once per month for 2 hours.


We also need volunteers to help with organising PENFEST 2015. This year the festival was very successful but relied on too few volunteers. Without more help, the committee will have to restrict PENFEST 2015 to running the Annual Arts Exhibition only.

(for images of PENFEST 2014 go to https://www.facebook.com/PCAAWestSt/photos_stream )

If you can help with either of these please contact Jackie McDonald at 01968675661.



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