Broch artists invite you into their studio

The work of Adele Mackie is just one of the artists visitors will get to view
The work of Adele Mackie is just one of the artists visitors will get to view

People in the Broch interested in art are invited to enjoy a glimpse into how artists work from next week as part of the North East Open Studios.

Four local artists will open their doors to visitors interested in seeing how it is done.

There will be four open studios in area, with two of them being available for the first time this year.

The North East Open Studios (NEOS) begins on the 12th of September and runs until the 21st.

Two of the workrooms are in St Combs, one in Lonmay and one in Strichen.

Marie Buchan and Mary Torrance open their respective doors in St Combs.

Marie is based in 8 Church Street, which she described as an ideal painting spot.

“My studio is virtually on the sand dunes.

“I will again be doing painting demonstrations so why not have a go yourself,” she said.

Mary works out of 11 West Street, who will have a theme to her artwork.

“Last year I focussed mainly on cats, but this year my new works reflect the local environment.

“I enjoyed meeting folk, sharing my techniques and inspiration and receiving their constructive comments last year,” she said.

The two studios new to NEOS will be Jill Chandler’s and Adele Mackie’s at Lonmay and Strichen respectively.

Jill, whose work is online under the alias Buchan Birds and Beasts, welcomes you to Cherry Cottage and said: “I love to portray the animals and birds of the area.

“My aim is to raise a smile. Come and find out if I have been successful.”

And anyone who visits Ashley Cottage, Bridge Street in Strichen, will find the diverse portfolio of Adele.

She said: “My work varies in subject matter, ranging from seascapes, landscapes, still life and animal portraits.”

All the artists have created a map, that can be picked up at any of the studios, detailing a trail showing directions to the other studios.