Local talent in the frame at Buckhaven exhibition

Artists Sheila Roussel, Karen Purves, Linda Judie, Lynn Smith, Tom Neil, and Aiden McCallum
Artists Sheila Roussel, Karen Purves, Linda Judie, Lynn Smith, Tom Neil, and Aiden McCallum

The standards of artistic talent in Levenmouth are definitely on the rise, as displayed by Fall for the Arts.

Top non-professional and full-time painters and artists showcased the best of their work over the weekend at the second annual presentation staged by the Buckhaven Beehive in College Street.

A colourful assortment of styles and creation was on show, featuring acrylic, mixed media, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lives, cards and crafts, and more.

Individual local artists, and those from further afield, exhibited their work, along with members of the Raith Art Group and the Kirkland High School Adult Art Group.

The artists agreed the Beehive show offered a tremendous opportunity to display their creations and have them seen, and hopefully appreciated, by the wider public.

Music at Friday’s preview was provided by Quern and the event was supported by Fife Council and the Rotary Club of Leven, with the work exhibited over Saturday and Sunday.

The Beehive’s Blair Denwette said the quality and diversity of the art was “absolutely brilliant” and the work produced by Kirkland and Buckhaven High Schols was particularly impressive.

There would hopefully be closer collaboration between the schools and the Beehive to enhance future presentations, he added.

“The whole Beehive is about trying to break the elitism that exists in art and recognising what’s in the community now that people don’t get the chance to see,” said Mr Denwette. “There are lots of folk out there who never exhibit.”

Mr Denwette said the annual event would hopefully allow more people to associate the Beehive with being part of the community and make use of the premises.

Artist Helen Morton, of Inverkeithing, who specialised in old forms of photography, said there were very few opportunities in Fife to show to the general public, while the exhibition was a first for 12-year-old Auchmuty High School pupil Aidan McCallum, who displayed a colourful collection of landscapes and harbour scenes.

Shona Paterson, from Buckhaven and living in Coaltown of Wemyss, said she loved the building and identified closely with it, being local. Shona, whose work included quirky-looking animals, added: “I wish more things like this could happen and more people would take an interest in art, because it’s really therapeutic.”

Tom Neil, of Edinburgh, added it was good to exhibit alongside other artists, with whom you could exchange ideas, and that many people believed their work wasn’t up to scratch when, in fact, it was very good.