Broch roses and handbags to go on show at Haddo

An exterior view of Haddo House in Summer 2008
An exterior view of Haddo House in Summer 2008

Friends Louise Hewitt and Joyce Wisely are to display and demonstrate their original art in the ‘Peatyards’ building at Haddo House.

This is the ninth consecutive year the artists have had their work on display as part of  the North East Open Studios week which runs from Saturday, September 6, to Sunday, September 14, and is a great opportunity to meet individual artists throughout Aberdeenshire .

Louise’s art is mainly in original paintings; working in oils, watercolour, acrylic, soft pastels and basic linocuts, while Joyce is a textile artist creating highly unique embroidery collage pictures and textile items.

Current themes for Louise include roses and deer.  Her rose paintings are inspired by studies of flowers in the gardens at Saltoun Place along from the Granda Swings in Fraserburgh.

Louise sees the colour and tonal variation of the petals as a part of her continuing exploration of light. The deer paintings resulted from a chance visit with her grandchildren to the Scottish Deer Park where she was able to observe the deer close up.

Louise is also displaying paintings of coastal sunrise and sunsets, close ups of pebbles, landscapes, boats and harbour scenes as well as demonstrating watercolour painting and basic lino cutting.

Joyce, who was born and brought up in St Combs, attended Fraserburgh Academy before going to Grays School of Art in Aberdeen where she studied design.

Joyce then returned to the local academy as an art teacher and has lived in the town for 25 years.

Her art work is primarily based on natural forms although they evolve into highly distinctive and colourful textile collages.

Her work is inspired not only by her local environment but by a strong sense of colour and craftsmanship.

Joyce also likes to construct unique textile handbags in contrast to her more abstract collages.

Louise and Joyce are again sharing the Haddo House venue with ceramicist Susan Wade-French and painter Olivia Davidson, both of whom have local connections.

To find out more about North East Open Studios, go online to the NEOS website: