Art exhibition is a Binnie family affair

Kathleen's fabric collage 'Bright Bird' is one of the many pieces in the 'Brush, Needle and Pen' exhibition
Kathleen's fabric collage 'Bright Bird' is one of the many pieces in the 'Brush, Needle and Pen' exhibition

Three family members are pooling their artistic talents into one exhibition entitled ‘Brush, Needle and Pen’.

Andrew Binnie, a former Berwickshire High School teacher and principal teacher of art at Earlston High School, is well known in the area for his oil paintings which are inspired by the Borders landscape. His work has been exhibited in local and national exhibitions and one also features in the Royal Collection.

His wife Kathleen, also a Berwickshire teacher, specialises in fabric collage which has featured in Scottish exhibitions.

Daughter Carol, a former Duns Primary and Kelso High pupil has an MA in fine art from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University and is currently leader of expressive arts at the Royal High School, Edinburgh. Her closely observed watercolour studies of flowers, still lives and architecture will form part of the family exhibition at the Town House, Kelso.

Amongst her exhibits Carol will be including some recent paintings of familiar Kelso buildings.

Andrew said: “When Kathleen and I were newly out of the Glasgow School of Art and came to the Borders we were both very active creatively.

“I was painting and Kathleen was specialising in fabric collage. At the same time as teaching in Berwickshire schools she was producing fantastic work in fabric and wool and exhibiting in the big Scottish Exhibitions.

“Her work was eagerly sought after.

“However, when she discovered the delights of gardening she began to channel all her creativity into that.

“Recently she was thrilled to be a stitcher in The Great Tapestry of Scotland. For years I have been trying to persuade her to rekindle her enthusiasm for collage, and was delighted when she finally agreed to join with Carol and me in this exhibition. She will be showing some important retrospective works, but will also include some new pieces which will be for sale.”

The exhibition’s sub-title ‘Fields, Flowers and Fancy Birds’, gives a flavour of the subject matter featuring in the show in Kelso town House.

The exhibition is on from Thursday, August 7, to Saturday, August 15, 10am-12 noon and 2-5pm (closed Sunday). Admission free.