City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Art Festival: "Edinburgh & its Fringes" Review

By Vivien Devlin - Posted on 25 August 2013

Walk with Me - Poppy Cyster
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Flaubert Gallery
Flaubert Gallery

St Stephen Street in the charming urban village of Stockbridge, Edinburgh is the first retail destination in Scotland to be accredited with a world class award for excellence in customer service.

This is an official accreditation by the international World Host programme which began in Canada during the Winter Olympics to ensure the best visitor experience.

With its attractive boutiques, jewellers, home design, vintage clothing, antiques, pubs, cafes, restaurants and art galleries, this is a street to spend the day and linger awhile.

Founded in 2006 by Derek Gilchrist, Flaubert Gallery has a prime site on St. Stephen’s Street with a fantastic open space, high ceilings and huge windows to bring the light inside.

The Festival 2013 exhibition is neatly entitled "Edinburgh & its Fringes", featuring a diverse range of the gallery’s well established and popular names as well as talented young artists.

Celebrating the Capital city and its beautiful countryside and coastline nearby, here are stunning landscapes, city scenes, harbours, boats and bridges, captured in both moody, monochrome and bold, expressive colours.

Jen Collee is a remarkable illustrator of horses and deer as well as atmospheric countryside scenes, in which soft glimmering light and thick brush strokes are reminiscent of the cornfields by Joan Eardley.

I have always admired Claudia Massie’s work - she captures the tranquil beauty and rolling hills of the Borders and Perthshire as well as wild empty moorlands and windswept cliffs of the Scottish Highlands.

Shapely, geometric, expressionist visions of the land are painted with fine original style by Poppy Cyster. Most impressively, these are based on aerial perspectives taken from the air as experienced by flying over the area.

Tommy Fitchett is a regular exhibitor at Flaubert, renowned for his unusual abstract paintings on glass which creates a rich luminous tone. He is inspired by both the natural scenic views on the Isle of Arran and dark cityscapes.

Award winning, multi-media artist Camilla Campbell is inspired by maps and historical records to create a real sense of place with finely crafted patchwork- style paintings. Incorporating a collage of narrative text or map imagery, they explore the story of life in the landscape, past and present.

Edinburgh & its Fringes offers a truly picturesque, painterly and unique selection of Scottish landscapes.

Flaubert Gallery is friendly and welcoming so take a walk along to 74 St. Stephen’s Street soon. A cup of freshly made espresso will be offered as you browse around ....

After the Festival, the next exhibition is Reflections by Amy Marshall - oil paintings of the Scottish coastline, the expanse of light on the sea.

Edinburgh & its Fringes, 2 – 31 August, 2013
Reflections, 6 – 22 September, 2013

Opening times:
Tues-Fri, 10am -6pm. Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm