Buchan gears up for NEOS

Janet Ollason, Sharon West, Jane Keenan and Kath Smith at the Old Mart Cafe, Maud.
Janet Ollason, Sharon West, Jane Keenan and Kath Smith at the Old Mart Cafe, Maud.

A group of artists has been busy organising two exhibitions in Maud recently.

The group has put together the Art @ the Mart exhibition in the village’s Old Mart Cafe and is also going to be taking part in the Norst East Open Studios (NEOS) extravaganza.

The group comprises of five artists, Christine Coutts, Kath Smith, Jane Keenan, Janet Ollason and Sharon West, each of whom specialises in different art forms.

Christine Coutts has a degree in Printmaking but now concentrates on photography. Her main interests include capturing mood, light and motion in nature and people.

Kath Smith specialises in textiles and machine embroidery. She makes items including cushions, tooth fairy cushions and bunting from new and recycled fabrics. She has worked with textiles for 12 years and lives in New Deer.

Jane Keenan concentrates on graphic, hand pulled limited edition silkscreen prints, having graduated from Duncan and Jordanstone Art College, Dundee, in 1998. She has been doing screen prints since then and her inspiration comes from flowers, leaves and birds.

Janet Ollason has been a watercolour artist for the last eight years. She lives in Old Deer and her inspiration comes mainly from North-east scenery, water, reflections, rocks and stones. She describes her paintings as “an escape from normal life to somewhere special”.

Sharon West paints with gouache. She returned to painting three years ago, having studied Textiles at Gray’s School of Art. She lives in Ellon and takes her inspiration from photographs of Ellon and nature, including trees, flowers, shells and butterflies. The main focus of her work is on colour, texture and pattern.

The Art @ the Mart exhibition will run at the Old Mart Cafe for one month and will showcase pieces by a wide range of artists.

Commenting, Jane Keenan said: “We are trying to get the community involved with this exhibition. We are very grateful to the Maud Resource Centre management team, they have been so accomodating.”

Fellow artist Kath Smith said: “There is a great mix of pieces and we’ve had a great response from the public so far.”

Across the courtyard of the Old Mart Cafe, the group will be displaying their own artworks in two rooms, from September 15 to September 23, as part of NEOS.

The opening day of the week-long event is Saturday September 15 and there will be wine and nibbles for anyone who wishes to attend.

Commenting on NEOS, Janet Ollason said: “We are all apprehensive and very excited. We are all hoping for a really good turnout.”

The NEOS exhibition in Maud will run from 10am to 5pm on September 15, 16, 22 and 23, and from 10am to 3pm on each weekday during NEOS week.