PENFEST 2015 Diary Alert

 

Get hold of your diary and ringfence PENFEST 2015 dates and times!

 

Here is the schedule as it stands at present for the 2015 week of your local Arts Festival.

 

Get in touch if you wish to put on and register YOUR selforganised event! It is not too late yet, just get in touch to discuss! We will include you in our PENFEST brochure if you manage to get confirmation by the 15th July deadline. In any case we will always add you to our online calendar if you miss the deadline.

 

As always, we have the very popular Penicuik Turner Prize Exhibition, concerts and workshops scheduled. The schools project this year is a slideshow of art pupils from all schools, Primaries and Secondaries, have made over spring and summer 2015 in their local environment. And then of course there will be Open Studio and Arts Trail if you take part as usual?
Looking forward to hear from you!

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June News Bulletin

 

Although life is a little quieter during the summer months there is still plenty happening at the Arts Centre. Our cafe remains open throughout the summer and remember it has a small garden to the rear which is a suntrap. Just the place to meet friends for coffee and cake.

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The gift shop upstairs is usually open during Cafe hours and is always well stocked with hand crafted goods made by local artisans; pay us a visit to get that extra special gift. If we don’t have what you are looking for please discuss it with us. We may be able to help.

 

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Exhibitions

June is a very busy month for exhibitions with three very different exhibitions in the centre – another three good reasons to drop in for a coffee.

27th May – 6th June:  Kirstie Hustler

There is a special pop-up exhibition in the cafe gallery of works by Kirstie Hustler. Kirstie produces atmospheric, semi-abstract coastal paintings and collages. Kirstie is interested in the margins: the places where things meet and merge and the spaces between them.

   

Across the Cliffs                   ~      Fractured                      ~      Funfair

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a special exhibition of prints in room 1 of the Arts Centre

Every year the Royal Print Society exhibits in room 1. This is always a first class exhibition and is free. Please take the opportunity to look in at room 1 during normal cafe opening hours for this very professional exhbition.

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Community Arts Classes with Opening on 7th June, 2pm

From the 7th of June the community Art Classes take over the cafe. Works from classes led by Tony McKale and Jan Miller will be on show. Come and see what your friends are up to in their art classes. Phantastic range of media on display, and great talent.

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Summer Events

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KNIT 1 BIKE 1 :  Talk on Tuesday 18th August, 7.30pm

Later in the summer we are hosting Janet Renouf-Miller as she makes her way round Scotland on a folding bike crocheting and knitting things seen on the way. You can find out more about this fascinating, crazy trip at www.createwithfibre.co.uk  
Janet will give an illustrated talk on her travels in Room 1, 4 West Street, Penicuik on Tuesday the 18th of August starting at 7.30pm. Tea and coffee provided. Cost £4 (£2 for PCAA members). Tickets at door or from the Gift shop from the beginning of July.

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ANTHONY SCHRAG PROJECT

Anthony Schrag is a contemporary artist whose exhibitions and projects centre on live events from climbing a gallery wall to encouraging people of all ages to roll down hill for his exhibition of MALE ROLL MODEL.  His next project is a walking pilgrimage from Aberdeenshire to the Venice Biennale starting on the 7th June. We are hoping to host and encourage him on part of his journey. Keep an eye on the website for more details of this exciting project and help to put Penicuik on the artistic map.

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Other Happenings

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AGM

Tuesday, 16th June, 7pm, Arts Centre

Hurray, time again to give thumbs up to the uniqueness that is the PCAA !
The agenda can be seen here below 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!
View or download the AGM papers from here.

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FLOWERS IN THE FOREST……

and for one night the forest was carpeted by flowers.

Local artist Susan Gierasik worked with pupils from Garvald school to bring colour and beauty to the Lost Garden of Penicuik. This installatin was part of the “Woollen Woods” Voluntary Arts Week initiative, and recycled crafty itens of the PCAA’s previous Brightening Penicuik Ventures.
click on image to see full album

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“Said WHO?”

A blogging ‘who-dunnit’ game!
It is now exactly a year ago that around 150 primary pupils of Penicuik went on a quest to write the best Penicuik Mystery story after having attended inspiring workshops with Award Winning Children Books author Janis Mackay.  81 of these children succeeded to enter their creative writing to our story competition, which then resulted in a publication, The Penicuik Epic. 15 local writers worked away over the summer months 2014 to process the entries and there are still a few copies of this unique book for sale in Penicuik: at our craft shop, in the library, at the Town Crier, and at Peny Coe press.
Cool  summer holiday reading!

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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.”

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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.

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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.