Harestanes virtual art work

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre is hosting the ‘Virtually Scotland’ exhibition of felted paintings by acclaimed Selkirk-based artist Moy Mackay.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th September 2011, 7:43 am

Working in her trademark vibrant colours the exhibition highlights some of Moy’s favourite haunts across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Since Moy’s first solo exhibition at Harestanes in 2003 she has become one of the region’s most successful and sought-after artists, working from her studio in Selkirk and showing her paintings across the UK and beyond. Her richly coloured works use traditional felting techniques with merino fleece, providing an extraordinary warmth and texture.

Moy Mackay said: “I believe, as an artist, that it’s important to embrace the new opportunities of the digital world as well as the more traditional ones. With that in mind I recently commissioned an Apple software app which displays some of my Scottish landscape paintings in a virtual gallery for use on Apple iPhones and tablets. The free download has proved so popular that I wanted to exhibit the featured paintings themselves and Harestanes was the obvious choice.”

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Harestanes Centre Manager Michael Scott said: “I am delighted that we are show casing Moy’s work again at Harestanes.

“There is a real warmth to Moy’s felted paintings, both in the materials that she uses and in her choice of landscapes and other subjects. It is also refreshing to see how she is harnessing modern technology to create new audiences for enjoying her work both in the online world and in a traditional gallery space.”

‘Virtually Scotland’ can be seen in the visitor centre’s recently refurbished Gallery and is open daily from Saturday 27 August to Thursday, October 6.