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Press Release : Local Museum & Artists Welcome NEOS back to Fraserburgh Area The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses is among 9 venues in Fraserburgh and Buchan area taking part in North East Open Studios from 13th to 22nd September. 203 artists, galleries and studios are open across the North East of Scotland for the fifth North East Open Studios. NEOS is an award winning collective of artists, makers and galleries based in northeast Scotland, who open their doors to the public yearly. Formed in 2003, it provides an informal contact network, and helps the public access the wealth of creative talent throughout northeast Scotland. In 2007 NEOS won the Northern Lights Tourism Award for best Aberdeenshire Tourism Initiative. Tanking part for the first year, the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses‟s exhibition „Art of the Lighthouse‟ includes work by local artists, poets and musicians as well as copies of some of the most famous lighthouse paintings in the world. “This will be a great show”, said Director Virginia Mayes-Wright. “It is a unique opportunity to see a huge range of art works inspired by the romance, skill and dedication of lighthouses and their keepers”. Other venues open for North East Open Studios in the Fraserburgh area include Drifter Arts Studio in Hannover Street, Fraserburgh open at various times throughout the week. Local artists Isobel Gregory and Stephanie Sepulveda will share studio space in Sandhaven, a short distance from Fraserburgh, open 11-5 from 13th to 21st September. Isobel‟s work is based on items found on beaches and Stephanie‟s work combines painting, drawing, photography and computer aided design. Further afield, Sine Mcdiamid will be displaying her paintings and photographs at Sandhole Bothy Gallery in Memsie daily from 11-5 except Wednesday. Christina Maitland will hold an exhibition of her rural paintings at Smithyhillock in Rosehearty which will be open daily except the second Monday. Furniture maker John Crook from Boyndlie will open his workshop from 11-5 every day except Sundays. Photography by Brian Stewart-Coxon will be on display at his studio outside Maud. The Gallery at Willows Animal Sanctuary will also be taking part this year. Also local artist Louise Hewitt will be back with her paintings at Haddo House a venue which is shared with local artist Joyce Wisely who creates beautiful embroidery collages. It is also planned to display paintings inspired by Haddo from members of Louise‟s art class. “We are delighted to have such a range of artists and galleries participating in this area, and hope that „Brochers‟ will pick up their free catalogues and visit many galleries, studios and workshops during the event in September.” said Louise Hewitt the NEOS Local Representative. Free catalogues for NEOS giving details of all the participating artists, galleries and studios can be picked up from The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses daily, and the Dalrymple Arts Centre Foyer 10-13.00 during weekdays. Also the catalogues are available from all the participating artists. These catalogues are useful the whole year round as a directory with information about artists and makers in the local area. Ends Notes to Editors NEOS is an award winning collective of artists, makers and galleries based in northeast Scotland, who open their doors to the public yearly. For further information contact Louise Hewitt, Local Representative or visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk. The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses tells the unique story of the lighthouses set up around the coastline of Scotland, their engineering feats and the stories of the people who manned them. The Museum is open seven days a week. April-June, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12am-5pm. July-August, Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-6pm. September & October, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12am-5pm. November-March, Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12am-4pm. For further information please contact the Director, Virginia Mayes-Wright on 01346 511022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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