May News Bulletin

The Roxburgh quartet blew us off our feet with their vibrant interpretations of the composers. You will find some good images including the detailed program from the night here.

May is a busy month in the Arts Centre. We do hope you will find something to interest you in our programme. If you have an idea for an event or activity in the centre we would love to hear from you. Contact Jackie on 01968 675661.

EVENTS

Recent events in the Arts Centre have been very successful and it was grand to see some new faces in the audience. Gerda Stevenson in March gave a very moving performance presenting her new album “Night Touches  Day”; The Roxburgh String Quartet in April filled the room with a glorious sound leaving the audience entranced. We hope you will be able to join us for our next concert (see below)

 

Brian Johnstone                     by Margaret Christie   Jamie Reid Baxter

POETRY AND MUSIC AT ROSSLYN CHAPEL on Friday the 22nd May at 7.30pm. 4 musicians and 3 poets combine to make this an unforgettable night in the beautiful surroundings of Rosslyn Chapelmiguda 2013 720x479. Brian Johnstone, Jamie Reid Baxter and Margaret Christie will read from their own works. All are pubished authors and Margaret Christie’s “The Oboist’s Bedside Book” was short listed for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. The evening is completed by the Miguda  Quartet playing Haydn. To find out more about the performers visit the events page here. Tickets are £8 (£6 for PCAA members) available on line or from our Gift Shop at 4 West Street.

EXHIBITIONS

Self portrait                       Alasdair

Aine Divine is the featured artist for May in the Cafe Gallery. Come and meet the artist on Wednesday the 6th of May between 7.00pm and 9.00pm when Aine will also give a 2 hour live portrait demonstration.

Refreshments will be provided for a small donation by Aine’s daughter, Hope. Hope is fundraising to send money to support a family in Malawi.

We hope you will be able to join us for this enjoyable evening.

You can see more images of Aine’s work here.

PENFEST 2015

This year’s arts festival will run from the 5th to the 13th September. We have a busy programme planned but there is always room for more. If you, or a group you are associated with, would like to put on an event please call Jackie on 01968 675661.

Here is just a little taste of what is planned:

Music events include concerts by the Castaways, an a cappella group; The Fledgling Viol Group and local folk group Herken. The gala concert on Saturday the 12th September features Siobhan Miller with Aaron Jones supported by the classical guitar of The Scottish Guitar Duo and new kids on the block Liquid State.

Lectures and workshops: look out for the Samba Rhythm workshop for adults and a  singing workshop led by Siobhan Miller.  There will also be a lecture by Elizabeth Cumming on the Art and Craft Movement of the last century.

Exhibitions include the annual open exhibition and Penicuik Turner Prize. This year the judge is Damian Callan, a well known Edinburgh teacher, artist and author.  The exhibition in the cafe gallery will be by local textile artist Christine Finlayson. There will be a special exhibition of the schools’ environmental art project at various venues throughout the festival. We also hope to have open studios and other exhibitions.

More details on all these events will be on our website soon.

 

AGM DATE

The AGM of the Association will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday the 16th of June in the Arts Centre to receive the annual report and accounts.

The agenda can be seen here and further papers will be available on the website later.

We promise to keep the formal business as brief as possible and allow plenty of time for discussion and informal talks with the committee members. It is very rewarding to be involved with such an active organisation. Come along and find out more. We promise not to twist anybody’s arm!

FINALLY our friends in the Penicuik Community Development Trust have been short listed by building firm Jewson to receive a grant. This will allow them to progress their ambitious plans to set up a papermaking museum and gift shop at Pen-y-Coe Press. The next stage of the process depends on a public vote. If you would like to find out more about their bid and to vote for them click here.

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April News Bulletin

We were thrilled with the rich and varied performance Gerda Stevenson gave us in April with her imaginative self penned songs and with her wonderful band, which you can see here scaling mountains with their ecclectic instruments in this video. Our condolences go to her and her family for the passing of her father, the composer Ronald Stevenson.

We hope you will find something to interest you in our busy programme for April.

EVENTS

April 24th at 7.30pm: The Roxburgh String Quartet play works by Purcell, Mendelssohn and Mozart. The intimate atmosphere of the Arts Centre is the ideal setting to connect with the musicians and appreciate the essence of chamber music.

“Inspired music played with complete control, imagination and deep insight.”

Capture roxburgh

 

We expect it to be a busy night and recommend reserving tickets early. Tickets £12(£10 for PCAA members) are available from the craft shop or on line.

 

MAY 22ND at 7.30pm The Arts Assocation is hosting a poetry and music evening in Rosslyn Chapel. Henry Marsh, Margaret Christie and Brian Johnstone will read from their own works and music is by the Miguda Quartet. As usual the star of the show will be the Chapel, which is at its best when being used and enjoyed by people.

Tickets £8(£6 for PCAA members) will be available from the 25th of April.

 

EXHIBITIONS

April in the Cafe Gallery is an exhibition by Priscilla Brightman.This is Priscilla’s first solo exhibition with us. Priscilla trained at Edinburgh College of Art. She works mainly in oils depicting a variety of subjects from still life to portrait and landscape. The uniting theme of her work is colour; so expect a bright and cheery cafe for April.

Capture priscilla

There will be an opportunity to meet Priscilla on Sunday the 12th of April between 2.00pm and 4.00pm in the Cafe Gallery.

May in the Cafe Gallery will be by local artist Aine Divine. The exhibition opens on Wednesday the 6th of May from 7.00pm till 9.00pm. At the opening Aine will also demonstrate her technique of using watercolour.

Self portrait

 Aine specialises in portraits using watercolour and reached the final of the recent Sky Portrait Award Competition. Her work has been shown in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Find out more about Aine here.

 

 

Self portrait by Aine Divine

Workshops

The yarn group continues to meet every Wednesday in the cafe at 10.00am and have completed many UFO’s.

About a month ago we met to hear about Linus Quilts, a charity providing comfort quilts to children in hospital. This was followed by two practical workshops to start making some quilts for this very worthwhile cause. To date, two quilts are almost completed and two more are under construction.

For more details on these groups contact membership@penicuikarts.org

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Association helps us to keep up the work of providing a dedicated arts and crafts centre in Penicuik. Membership is very reasonably priced at £15 per annum and £7.50 for concessions with a family membership of £25 per annum. Membership also entitles you to reduced entry fee to most of our events. To join pick up membership forms from the cafe at 4 West Street or join on line here

AND FINALLY, our friends at Howgate Art Club have their annual exhibition on Friday the 8th May from 4-8pm and Saturday 9th May from 11.00am-4pm in Howgate Village Hall.

On the 18th of April, also in Howgate Village Hall, from 11.00am-4.00pm there will be an exhibition of embroidery by Elizabeth Leary.

A Hidden Gem in Penicuik

zoe writesI had known about Penicuik Community Arts Association (PCAA) for a while, being an arts and crafts lover.  I felt it was an organisation I should get to know better, however being a master in the art of procrastination I didn’t get around to it for quite some time.  It wasn’t until I came along to the ‘Inspired Writers’ group earlier this year that I realised what a great organisation PCAA is.  The passion for arts and crafts, as well as for Penicuik, was evident from the moment I walked through the door.  It was difficult not to be swept along with their enthusiasm.  Actually, who am I kidding?  I let myself be completely swept along with their enthusiasm!  I quickly had the amazing opportunity to get involved with the Penicuik Mystery, a storywriting competition for primary school children in Penicuik.  What a privilege and joy it has been to see what the next generation are capable of…there is definitely a lot of talent in Penicuik.
 
I came along at a very busy time for PCAA – Penfest 2014 is about to begin and the very dedicated PCAA volunteers are busy setting up a new website for the organisation.  There is also a lot of work going into The Penicuik Epic (we would love to see you at the award ceremony on 13 September!).  Glitches and hitches are, unfortunately, par for the course but we will get there and we hope you will bear with us as we get everything up and running!
 
I am having so much fun volunteering with PCAA – I think the organisation is an important part of Penicuik and I hope we can go from strength to strength.  Why not come down to West Street and visit the café, you can even venture outside into our garden if the lovely Scottish weather allows.  There is also a craft shop, and exhibitions.  It really is a hidden gem in Penicuik.
musical cafe garden
You heard me mention Penfest…there will be lots of events around Penicuik.  Whether art, music, poetry or crafting is your thing, there is something for you.  Please check out our Penfest 2014 website and come along and support us.  And, if you have a couple of hours a week spare, we would love to welcome more volunteers on board!

 

Zoe x