Work of Eyemouth art group goes on show

AS everyone gets ready to be gripped by Herring Queen fever once again, some residents in Eyemouth have been busy putting their love for the town onto paper.

Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 12:21 pm

And the results can be viewed at a new exhibition which opened at Eyemouth Museum this week.

The work of 10 talented locals, all members of Arts Eyemouth, will be hung in the gallery on the top floor of the museum until August 1 and tutor Dorothy Aitchison said there are plenty of well known sights to be seen.

She commented: "People come to my classes to learn how to paint what they see every day.

"We are very fortunate that in this part of the world we have many fantastic views and among the pieces in the exhibition is a lovely one of the beach at Killiedraughts and then there's some of Fort Point; a few of fishing boats and landscapes from Burnmouth and St Abbs too.

"I'm there to encourage students and to teach them the necessary painting skills but then it's up to them what they paint. For people in my classes art is just a hobby and they are just happy to be able to paint let alone have their own exhibition."

Dorothy is known on both sides of the border for her painting. After graduating from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee she furthered her studies at Murray House in Edinburgh before deciding to be become a freelance artist.

But on moving back to Eyemouth from Perthshire in the 1980s she decided to follow the teaching route and was asked by the then director of The Maltings to lead some art classes.

She accepted the invite and continued in the role for a number of years as well as hosting art classes in Berwick Disabled Centre before taking her teaching into Scotland.

She has had a base at Eyemouth Community Centre for a number of years now and has helped bring on the skills of many residents both young and old.

Although all of the work in the new exhibition is by members of the adult art class, Dorothy has also been busy working with the youngsters of Eyemouth and is gearing up for a new summer project- The Eigg Plant adventure.

Together with 15 year old Eyemouth High School pupils Hannah Degrosa, Imogen Penman and James Chapman and 17-year-old Lindsay Walker, Dorothy is journeying to the island of Eigg, 10 miles offshore form Mallaig in the West Highlands, on July 16, for a week long course which came about as a result of her being baffled by two plants she came across.

Dorothy continued: "I've had an interest in wildlife for a long time now but on my travels a few years ago I found two plants that I just couldn't identify.

"I emailed pictures of them to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh to see if they could shed any light and it was them who suggested that I enrol for a course in Practical Field Botany at a summer school in Eigg.

"I thought it would be great to use this for our new project. I wasn't sure how the teenagers would react to being told they'd have to complete a botany course- they did an animated rock music DVD last year- but when I said we were going to Eigg to make a film they were all very excited.

"We've got some funding from Youth Chex so hopefully it will be a success."

The youngsters will receive some last minute behind the camera training next week before they head north, keep reading 'The Berwickshire News' to see how they get on.