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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.