And Up and Running

Draw breath, enjoy life, and relax

That is what I have been up to in the last week since the exhibition opened to great acclaim. The private view was hoochin’, a great turnout, with about 250 guests (guesstimate), and the carpark over-flowed onto the country lanes…

So to share some images of the exhibition, before it all kicked off, and my carefully curated room got peppered by red dots, and gaps in the display due to sales.

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The In the Garden with Friends exhibition is evolving as the first week has gone by, with artist’s bringing in ‘top ups’ of work, which I personally think keeps adding interest!

So we are about half-way through the exhibition, and here are some of the comments received so far:

“The exhibition is well worth a visit. So much local talent deserves plenty of attention from far and wide.”

“So much talent under one roof and reasonable prices for unique pieces of art. Loved my visit and my Ceri White purchases 💖🌻

“Went the other day xxfantastic!!”

“great venue and a great selection of talented people”


The Posters

We have to say a big thank you to Neil Thomson of N T Design for the brilliant work on the posters.  The team just love them, and they really captured the spirit of the exhibition.

In case you haven’t seen them yet, here are the four posters:

Poster featuring Lorna Radbourne’s stained glass owl
Morag Lloyds
Poster featuring the wee houses made by Morag Lloyds
A4poster barbara
Poster featuring Bab Pease print
A4poster ann
Poster featuring Ann Smith felted wool picture


And the countdown is on – as I sit at my computer on a sunny day, doing the signage and other miscellaneous bits of information.  Delivery tomorrow, and setting up during the week, and the Private View on Friday. Open to all from Saturday.

See you there!

Interview with The Artists: Gillian Hunt

1)  Who are you and what do you do?
I am a Photographic Artist i.e. I don’t do weddings, corporate etc rather I take artistic images of flora. To support the starving artist side of me I work alongside my Photographic Artist husband doing printing and framing for ourselves and contracts for other artists. I am also the Membership Secretary of Perthshire Open Studio and work with Fortigall Art on their SocialMedia. On the non creative side we also have a busy holiday cottage 🙂
More recently I have been approached and signed up by an American Licensing Company. My first License was sold last week and it looks as though I may possibly have another sale in the pipeline.
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2) What is your process?
My process is twofold. I spend many hours walking around where I live and photographing the flora. I did a four year study of the Rosebay Willow herb and produced a body or work called the Fairy Ballet. I also grow flowers from seeds as I get to build a relationship with them and buy growing plants from our local garden centre. The are all potted up and grown on our first floor decking. We have a wild wildlife area surrounding us and the rabbits, ducks a deer eat any plants I try to grow in the ‘grounds’.
Each day in Spring Summer and Autumn I study the plants and the light – and when it feels right I spend hours taking images from many different angles with different lenses. I also introduce ‘other elements’ during the shoot to bring in the Enchanted Forest effect which is currently what I am working on. Once the images are taken I then choose the ones to go forward. I then spend many happy hours with my flowers in photoshop and with my drawing tablet. Once I am happy (and like all artists I struggle with ‘when do you stop’) they are printed. This year I am bringing in new elements to the printed work – to highlight the ‘glints’ you would see on the living flowers.
3) If you walked into a shop/gallery and saw your work for the first time as a customer, how would you describe it?
I would say my work is different, it has a ‘painted’ feel to it. The images are usually bright and colourful although some are more edgy and they do grab the attention. The images are there to provoke reaction and are not stock shots of flowers. I have had it said to me that I take Macro Flowers to a whole other level!!!
4) Did you have a ‘non-creative’ life/career before doing what you do now and how did it compare?
My working career includes working in a library, living and working in a hotel for a year in Scotland in the early 70’s – called the Ardeonaig Hotel. I came back to London after that and started my 15 year long career on the technical side in Broadcast Television. I worked in the edit suites of post production and also with the studios during the productions – I have a few tales to tell about celebrities. What happened in the studio didn’t stay in the studio it made it on to the Christmas tape!!! A tradition across TV. I loved working in TV until the money men got hold of it. I left when I was pregnant with our first child. I ran a children’s clothing company for a while, once both children were toddlers, selling seconds and end of lines at parties and play groups. The I pursued a writing career writing Children’s books and had some success. I also trained as a Reflexologist – practising for eight years..Then we moved to Scotland with the family and I stared my career letting out mine and other people’s holiday cottages. At the same time I did my Relexology. We are still doing renting out our cottage along side our creative careers. I did also train as a counsellor. I have a deep interest in mental and physical health. In the end though the creative side of me won.
I LOVE what I do now and wouldn’t want to go back to anything I have done in the past.
5) Apart from your hands, what is you favourite tool or material to work with?
Obviously my camera. But I love the feel of paper and always work with textured papers. I also work with paint brushes, glitter and now crystals. Plus I love working with wood for my frames and the stains and waxes we mix and apply. I also love my drawing tablet and pen which is key in most of my work!
6) Is there a different medium/method of art/craft that you’d like to give a go?
I would love to be able to paint and draw, but despite the fact that I am told everyone can draw – I don’t feel I can.
7) What visually inspires you?
I am always drawn to bright colours of nature whether it is Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter. Oddly though when I working on my drawing tablet – I have specific films on in the background and that seems to inspire how my images grow.

Patricia Ace

Poet with talent in spades

I wrote my first poem when I was 11. It was about a horse galloping across a beach at sunset and I felt excited when my Dad had it typed by his secretary at work to show off to people – my first time in print! Since then I have published hundreds of poems and stories in literary magazines and anthologies, in print and online, and have won prizes for my poems in several national and international poetry competitions.


In 2006 I enrolled on a Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and my pamphlet, First Blood, came out that year. I was a member of Lippy Bissoms, four female poetry pals, who took their cabaret-style poetry show to the Edinburgh Fringe, with the mission of celebrating the female experience and ‘telling it like it is’. Large audiences of women (and the odd man) lapped it up!


In 2013 I published my first full-length poetry collection, Fabulous Beast, with Freight Books in Glasgow – ‘a moving, enjoyable book that resonates with a universal humanity’, ‘a highly accomplished collection…a significant achievement’, ‘Patricia Ace’s witty, distinctive and unashamedly female voice offers a breath of fresh air’, ‘Ace is a poet with talent in spades…An indefatigable chimera of a book’.


In the same year I was partnered with Edinburgh artist and print-maker, Lindy Furby, in the Written Image project (Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh Printmakers). We made a selection of haiku postcards, displayed as ‘Wee Galleries’, and available as individual prints. These were exhibited at two locations in Edinburgh and at the ‘In the Garden with Friends’ exhibition, curated by Katy Galbraith, at The Bield in Perthshire in April 2014.

I have always enjoyed collaborating with other artists and responding to visual media such as paintings, photography and film. In February 2017 I took part in the Poetry School’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, writing and performing in ‘Somme Suite’, a collaboration of 10 poets from across Britain commissioned to respond to the 1916 documentary film, The Battle of the Somme.


I write mainly about relationships – birth, ageing, love, separation, death, transitions and renewal – but also about the natural world and spirituality. In my other life I’m a yoga teacher, married and the mother of two grown-up daughters.


Dave Hunt

Experimental Photography
Dave Hunt, a self taught fine art photographer hiding away down the end of a track near Killin in Perthshire. My style of photography ?, well that seems to be rather diverse and constantly changing. Today it’s a mix of digital compositions and victorian/vintage analogue film processes … a did say it was diverse !!
What can you expect to see at Friends in the Garden this year ?
Definitely some digital fine art prints featuring trees, landscapes and figures and no doubt there will be some of my recent alternative process handmade prints from Salts to Cyanotypes.
Also if I get my act together I will be sharing some of my most recent experimental work using an 1870’s process where the print is created with chemicals onto glass and aluminium plates inside the camera, it’s called Wet Plate photography cos that’s what it is.
A favourite quote to summarise my work –
“I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique.”
Anne Geddes
Is that all … well not quite as those with an appetite for learning can also find details of our training workshops in all things photographic.

Gio Martin

Quirky Ladies

Gio makes figurative art in many mediums; ceramics, linocuts, printmaking, gouache on paper, drawings, acrylics and oils.

Her figures are simple and stylized, often feminine.


Natural elements come into the work like birds, hares, butterflies , dragonflies etc illustrating the need to belong and connect to the natural world.




Louise McLaren

Delicate, highly intricate, patterned images

Louise McLaren is a designer maker producing paper cuts and screen prints.


An Architect by training, she studied at The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, part of Robert Gordons University in Aberdeen and practiced in rural Perthshire before branching into paper craft and following her passion for making handcrafted objects.

Louise is fascinated by the contradiction and contrast that is implicit in the craft of paper cutting; a single sheet of paper which, using only the simple notion of positive and negative space, is transformed into a delicate, highly intricate, patterned image.

Louise seeks to capture and celebrate the human inner voice in her work; the inherent thread of emotions and dreams that runs through each of us, defines us and tells of our desires, experiences and life. She uses fragments of text capturing these thoughts as the starting point of each design.

Louise’s paper cutting skills are entirely self taught and her choice of paper and cutting tool has been won through a process of trial and error.

She draws and cuts each piece by hand, cherishing the character and idiosyncrasies that appear in her work as a result of the process and firmly believing that’s where the beauty and individuality of hand crafted objects lies.



Telephone: 01764 670270