Showcase weeks for Uist artists

By Iain A MacSween

A special exhibition lasting for three weeks will again showcase the best of Uist art this summer.

‘Art on the Map’ is an annual event, run by the Uist Arts Association. Held at Taigh Chearsabhagh arts centre, in Lochmaddy, the exhibition officially opens on the evening of Friday June 17, and is on until Saturday July 9. Alongside the exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh are special studio events, with participating artists opening their doors to anyone who is interested.

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Landscape and light inspire Anthony


By Eilidh Whiteford

After 22 years in the Western Isles, artist Anthony Barber is still inspired daily by his adopted home.

And with works previously exhibited at the National Gallery for Scotland with the RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour) and the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy); as well as at the Mall Galleries in London through the RSMA (Royal Society of Marine Artists) and Discerning Eye exhibitions, Anthony is delighted to showcase what he finds so fascinating about island landscapes to a wider audience.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1962, Anthony studied architecture and design in West Yorkshire, pursuing his joy of sketching and painting both in Yorkshire and whilst holidaying in Scotland’s various west coast islands.

His love of islands took over in 1994 with a move to the Isle of Lewis, where he and his wife settled at Port of Ness.

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Keeping Beauty as a wonderful memory…

Suzan Visser-Offereins has been painting portraits of people for more than 30 years. She says that from the start at home in The Netherlands: “It was amazing how people opened up and told the story of who they were. Their faces lightened up when telling about their work and lives, their family, what they have loved so much.

“To me it is always a challenge and an honour to try to capture the being of that person.”

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Borgh pottery… tradition reborn

Even before you step foot inside Borgh Pottery, there’s a wonderful sense of serenity as the soothing sound of a stream gently trickling its way to the sea sets the tone.

And thanks to an extensive refurbishment in 2015, the first thing you see as you enter the building is Sue Blair working her magic on the wheel. 

It was in 1973 that Sue and her husband Alex relocated to Stornoway from Lancashire, as part of an initiative by the now-defunct Highlands and Islands Development Board, to breathe new life into socially and economically fragile areas. 

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Café with art and vistas…


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Situated at Ardhasaig on the Isle of Harris, the vistas open to visitors from Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom are rivalled only by the fine art landscape photography displayed within.

Overlooking West Loch Tarbert, with panoramic views towards Taransay and the North Harris mountains, Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom was opened in 2014 by professional photographer Darren Cole and partner Chris Griffiths.

Darren and Chris’s love affair with the Western Isles began with their first visit in 2008, when Darren was working as a photography tutor at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Over the next five years they both returned to the isles periodically, with Darren building up a collection of images and exploring different locations.

And in 2013 Darren and Chris made the move to relocate to Ardhasaig, with Hebscape opening the following year.

Open, airy and spacious, the Gallery walls are a delight to look around as Darren’s range of images – from monochrome to colour, abstract to digital illustrations – capture visitors’ interest.

High-quality prints, mounted and framed on-site, are available to buy; and orders can usually be fulfilled overnight.

Greeting cards and Darren’s photography book, both unique to the Gallery, are also available to browse.

And the Gallery is complemented by the Tearoom, run by Chris who trained as a Master Baker and Confectioner, which offers a welcome tea-stop for visitors to Harris, with award-winning Suki leaf teas and Stornoway’s Hebridean Tea Store teas to select from, along with fresh gourmet barista coffee, and a variety of freshly made cakes and scones.

Light meals, including hearty bowls of soup, with home-made Scottish soda bread, and home-made Stornoway hot smoked salmon paté, farmhouse paté, cheese scones with Orkney cheese, are also available to enjoy at the Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom which is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am to 4.30pm (meals served 12-2.30pm).

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