All eyes may be on Edinburgh as it prepares for it’s annual festival, but there’s an altogether more laid back and equally enjoyable event on our doorstep right now.
Pittenweem Arts Festival has taken over the town and filled it with a wonderful array of exhibits and galleries.
It has commandeered community buildings, garages, workshops and people’s own homes as doors are opened to a diverse range of artists to showcase their work.
There are some 82 venues around the town - all you need to do do is grab a brochure and take a wander.They are easy to find, and with some advance planning you can quickly tick off the ones on your ‘must see’ list before enjoying a day drifting in and out of the make-shift galleries where you can meet the artists, see their work, and maybe return home with a purchase or two.
The festival offers a fantastic day out - two or more if you really want to visit every exhibitor - and a chance to see works by names which may be new to you.
The 2015 festival has five invited artists plus a plethora of creative folk to fill the many stages.
The art on show varies in price from the easily affordable to the seriously collectable, and the styles are as diverse as the venues hosting them.
Alison Kinnaird’s work in glass is showcased in the Old Town Hall and it’s a short stroll to catch the fantastic work of Iain McIntosh whose exhibits celebrate everything and everyone from Burns to the Crail Whale.
Take a trip along the High Street and the Shore and you’ll find everything from paintings to jewellery to large scale pieces by Craig Mitchell up in the Fish Loft.
The influence of the Kingdom’s light and landscape abound everywhere - the programme is a fascinating source of background information and guides you gently towards the many doors.
Many exhibitors are also participating in a raffle, so sign up - you may go home with a unique piece of art!
The festival runs until Sunday, get up early and make the most of the parking - a donation of £2 is more than reasonable - and enjoy a feast of art in a truly magnificent setting.
For more, see www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk