Head over heels at Fall for the Arts

Karen Purves with her Charlie Chaplin door design, one of many she has created within the Beehive. All pictures by George McLuskie.
Karen Purves with her Charlie Chaplin door design, one of many she has created within the Beehive. All pictures by George McLuskie.
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It was a picture perfect weekend weather-wise - and the outlook at Buckhaven Beehive was bright too at the third annual Fall for the Arts exhibition.

The event, which showcases the talents of artists from all over Fife and further afield, kicked off in style on Friday with a special preview night for exhibitors, friends, family, and invited guests.

Artist Charlie Staig and a visitor check out his work at Fall for the Arts

Artist Charlie Staig and a visitor check out his work at Fall for the Arts

Around 200 people got a sneak peek at the extensive exhibition, which features photography, paintings, textiles and jewellery, and had the chance to speak to the artists about their work.

Fiona Currie, head of music at Buckhaven High School, was also there along with a number of talented pupils to provide entertainment.

Over the weekend, the Beehive – housed in the former Free Gardeners Hall on College Street, Buckhaven – welcomed around a further 200 people.

Blair Denwette from the Beehive, was delighted with the outcome.

Thirteen-year-old Aiden McCallum

Thirteen-year-old Aiden McCallum

“It was most definitely our most successful event to date,” he said. “All of the artists had a lot of interest in their work, and I think all of them either made sales or had commissions. There are a lot of artists out there who might not necessarily do it professionally and don’t know if their work is worth anything, so it was a real confidence boost for a lot of them.

“The standard of work on show was really high.”

This is the third event of its kind, and Blair is happy that it is finally taking off.

“The first year we did it, it was really quite slow, and last year it was a wee bit better.

“But this year has surpassed any expectations we had and that’s fantastic.”

Of the 28 artists exhibiting over the weekend, 12 of them have had no previous involvement with the Beehive before.

A number of the artists had also never exhibited their work in public before, including Andy Chrichton from Kirkcaldy. He’s currently studying art and design at college.

He explained: “My mum is a member of a local art club, and when she saw the event advertised, she sent some of my stuff in.

“It was quite terrifying showing my work for the first time but it has been really good.”

Another newbie was Sophie Denwette, Blair’s niece, who has just moved to Dundee to start a four year course at Duncan of Jordanstone.

“I’m really excited about university. I’ve always been interested in art, for as long as I can remember – I used to get told off for getting glitter in the carpet!”

And no doubt the youngest exhibitor there, 13-year-old Aidan McCallum from Star took part last year, and has been painting for the last three years. He started painting after winning a voucher to buy art supplies, and loves to use locations around Fife for his inspiration.