Artistic touch as doors open to Kinghorn show

Kinghorn artists Kenny Munro, Margot Hailey, Sheena Berry & Les McConnell.  Pic by Fife Photo Agency.
Kinghorn artists Kenny Munro, Margot Hailey, Sheena Berry & Les McConnell. Pic by Fife Photo Agency.

Seven accomplished Kinghorn artists are adding the finishing touches to this year’s Kinghorn Artists’ Exhibition which opens on Saturday.

Now in its 12th year, the popular event, which showcases some of the work of leading painters, sculptors and glass designers who all live or work in Kinghorn, has become a major event on the town’s calendar since it started back in 2003.

And this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than before, with a “Golden Oldies” and a line drawing section.

Organiser Les McConnell says he is hoping this year’s event will be as successful, if not even better than in previous years.

“It really has become part of the community now, and people often ask when it is well in advance. We have been getting quite a good crowd along in recent years which is great – but it also means we have to keep improving each year!”

The exhibition, held in Kinghorn Community Centre, will take place daily from Saturday until July 26, from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., with a preview showing for invited guests tomorrow (Friday). It will be closed on Sundays.

It will feature paintings in a variety of different mediums as well as sculptures and glass art on subjects ranging from seascapes to still life.

The artists taking part this year will be: Sheena Berry, Margot Hailey, Ian McLeod, Les McConnell, Kenny Munro, Carole Robinson and Kerry Watson.

And this year’s exhibition will feature a special treat for visitors, with one room of the three-room show dedicated to “retro” work dating back to the artists’ student days – which for some could be as much as 40 plus years ago!

There will also be a range of figure drawings from a winter activity run by another Kinghorn artist, Lynette Gray, at the Kinghorn Station Gallery, which the featured artists and a range of others participated in for one evening a week.

As the artists modelled for each other, visitors to the exhibition will be able to compare the likenesses or otherwise of each artist’s work.

Entry is free and the majority of the work on display will be for sale to the public. Two of the artists will be there in person at any one time throughout the duration of the exhibition when visitors are welcome to speak to and ask them questions about their work.

Les added: “The exhibition will fill three rooms of the Community Centre, so there will be plenty of work on a wide range of topics on show for people to come along and have a wander around. I think this year with the extra sections there will be over 100 items on show.

“We are all hoping for a good turnout again this year, as it is usually quite steady, and we have been busy setting everything up for the past few days in preparation for the event. We are really looking forward to it, and hope visitors will enjoy it too.”