July News Bulletin

We hope by the time you receive this e-bulletin you will have enjoyed the wonderful Community Art Classes exhibitons during June in Cafe ? Jan Miller’s class work is still on show until this Saturday, and you can see art works in the window above here. We also hope you be enjoying some good summer weather. But whatever the weather you will always find something interesting at 4 West Street.

Summer Exhibitions

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SUMMER!

opens Sunday 5th July with a second chance to meet the artists on Sunday 12th July.

All are welcome to these events.

Sarah, Ulla, Linda and Kirstie combine to produce this beautiful varied exhibition. Sarah is a professional gardener and microlite enthusiast; her work includes striking aerial images of East Lothian. Ulla is a familiar face in Penicuik, from Pen-y-Coe Press and Open House; the show features her intense landscapes and figure paintings. Linda also volunteers with Penicuik Community Development Trust; her love of local landscape is reflected in colourful pastel and watercolour paintings.      Kirstie’s project to assist elderly people to create art was highlighted at Penicuik Library last year; she interprets landscape in atmospheric paintings and collages.

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Photographs by Claire Cox

opens Sunday 2nd August

Claire is a professional photographer and a former pupil of Penicuik High School. This will be her first exhibition in Penicuik and we are very much looking forward to it. The opening will be on Sunday the 2nd of August between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. We hope to see you there.

“Leith-ed” – new exhibition at Penicuik Community Arts Association

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Summer Events

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KNIT 1 BIKE 1

on August the 18th at 7.00pm

Come and hear the crazy tale of Janet Renouf-Miller who, for some reason, has decided to meander round Scotland on a folding bike crocheting and knitting things seen on the way, Check out her website.

This should be a fun evening. Tea and coffee provided.

Tickets £4 (£2 for PCAA members) available at the door on the evening or in advance from the gift shop at 4 West Street.

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PENFEST 2015 : 5th – 13th SEPTEMBER

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The annual art festival is a bumper variety package crammed full of local talent. Penicuik is home for some great talents in music and visual arts and this year they are putting on a spectacular festival at very affordable prices – The Festival Concert for only £10! . Why go in to Edinburgh when the talent is on your doorstep?

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Here are just a few dates for your diary:

Saturday 5th September at 2.00pm  The CASTAWAYS a cappella group performs at the opening of the Annual Open Art Exhibition (free)

Sunday 6th September at 2.00pm Liz Stephen leads a percussion workshop for adults: A Junk Samba Band (tickets £5/4 for members)

Sunday 6th September at 7.30pm Music Across the Centuries features the Feldglings Viol group and Herken, a local folk group led by Alan Murray. (tickets£5/4 for members)

Thursday 10th September a lecture by leading expert Elizabeth Cumming on the Art and Craft Movement in Scotland 1880 -1920. (tickets £5/4 for members)

Friday 11th September Poetry and Music in Rosslyn Chapel. This year the poets are Henry Marsh, Alan Riach, Pauline Prior-Pitt and music is by the Miguda String Quartet. (tickets £8/6for mebers)

Saturday 12th September at 7.30pm the Festival Concert features Siobhan Miller, Aaron Jones, Phillip Thorne, Selina Madeley and Liquid State.This concert is truly a celebration of local talent 6 out of the 8 artists being local and 4 of the artists being acknowledged leaders in their fields. The programme ranges from pop to classical to folk and all for a tenner. (£8 for members)

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Other events run throughout the festival or on several occasions including the Annual Art Exhibiton, open studios and the  Schools’ Environmental Project (SEA), a digital show of Environmental Art created by pupils of local Primary and Secondary Schools. More details here.

Full details of all events will be found on our PENFEST 2015 page or on our  September Calendar Page

 

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

If you know of an event, or would like to organise an event as part of the festival please contact Jackie on 01968675661 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” circle_position=”circle_center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

with the details for your Penicuik Turner Prize Entries

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The timetable for this year’s Annual Open Art Exhibition is as follows:

Thursday 3rd September from 2.00pm till 4.00pm and again from 7.00pm till 9.00pm:  Works will be accepted in Room 1 of the Arts Centre.

Saturday 5th September The Castaways will give a brief recital in Room 1 from 2.00pm and the exhibition will then be open for general viewing from 2.30pm. Voting for the People’s Choice will open.

The exhibition will then be open from 10.00am till 4.00pm Monday till Saturday.

Sunday 13th September 2.00pm till 4.00pm: judging of the Penicuik Turner Prize by Damian Callan. The prize and the result of the voting for the People’s Choice will be announced at about 3.00pm.

Unsold works should be collected between 4.00pm and 6.00pm on the Sunday.

Artist’s Packs will be available in the cafe from early July. They are also here online.

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You can also view and download the Artists Pack from here: click on link or view in box

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Joining the Association

Nothing could be easier. Costs £15 pa standard. £7.50 for concessions and family membership £25 for 2 adults. Application forms can be picked up from the cafe or on line.

Join before the festival and reap the members benefits from reduced ticket prices and reduced hanging fees and commission for the art exhibition.

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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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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.
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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