NEOS returns for ninth exciting year

Painting by Adele Mackie.
Painting by Adele Mackie.

Artists from Fraserburgh and the surrounding area are taking part in the annual North East Open Studios (NEOS) event.

The event allows artists to showcase their works in a range of locations across the North-east, including Fraserburgh, Findhorn and Montrose. The exhibitions are free to attend and will run from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 September.

Union Street Aberdeen by Paul Woodburn.

Union Street Aberdeen by Paul Woodburn.

This year there are 288 venues showing artists’ work, with nine exhibitions in the local NEOS. Some of the exhibitions have several artists showcasing their work but it is thought that the majority are single-artist exhibitions, often in the artists’ own home or studio.

NEOS produces a catalogue listing all of the venues where artists have work on display. The catalogues are free and can be picked up at Fraserburgh Library and participating studios. NEOS exhibitions will also be sign posted to help people on the artistic trail.

Commenting, Paul Woodburn, who will be exhibiting photographs as part of NEOS, said: “My photographs are mainly of the North-east. Since embracing digital processing in 2000 I have been experimenting with colour enhanced images to give an additional dimension for expression and emotion, adding further individuality to my work.”

Fellow artist Isobel Gregory commented: “This is my ninth year of taking part in NEOS and this year my theme is watercolours of corners of Fraserburgh. My other passion is designing jewellery from recycled materials.”

Adele Mackie said: I am really excited to be participating in NEOS this year! I feel fortunate to have a lovely space to exhibit my work - the Lodge restaurant in Strichen and right on my door step which is great! The work I will have on display will be a variety of still life, portraiture and animal studies. I work mainly in oils and use traditional painting techniques.”

Doreen MacRae commented: “Most of my paintings are watercolours and cover a wide range of subjects. In the last couple of years I have developed an interest in oil painting and pastel work. Some of my stained glass work will also be on display.”

Christina Maitland told us: “I work mainly in watercolour and pastel and I’m very much inspired by our lovely countryside and  the farm life around me. This year, I will be exhibiting my work at the Lodge Restaurant, Strichen.”

Graham Stephen is a self taught artist who likes to paint florals, landscapes, and some seascapes in oils, and watercolours. He said: “I will be exhibiting my art work at the Strichen Lodge Cafe along with two other local artists.” 

Rosemary Stubbs said: “I have been interested in photography since a young adult and having lived in the north-east of Scotland for over two decades have found inspiration to ‘shoot’ from the coast to the mountains.  Also with a passion for travel, I have archived material from several countries including Peru.  There will be a warm welcome when you visit Greenacres, Strichen - follow the signs from Brewery Road!”

Dr Helen Fowler at Finlayson Street Surgery commented: “The surgery is featuring the work of Fraserburgh Academy pupils with free entry during surgery hours.”

Also participating is Doug Irvine, artist and picture framer, who works in most mediums.