Artist Profile- Shelley Jones

As this year’s 3 Har­bours Fes­ti­val drew to a close, one of the prime attrac­tions was the Mural Fest in Cuthill Park, on the out­skirts of Pre­ston­pans. Six artists faced the task of paint­ing a mural based on their inter­pre­ta­tion of the John Lind­say poem “Scary Haven”. Among the artists was local woman Shel­ley Jones.

Shelley Jones and her mural

“I wanted to con­vey the idea of land merg­ing into sea and sea turn­ing into land” she explained. “In the poem the Topaz  is the boat that gets stuck.” Shel­ley rep­re­sents this idea in the main body of her mural. “The skele­ton ships are stuck in the mud and they are never leav­ing.” There is an ele­ment of hope in the paint­ing though as the artist indi­cated the lone ves­sel in the top-left cor­ner of her work. “It’s the one that got away” she added with a smile. Continue reading


Mural Fest 5th June 2011

The Mural Fest in Cuthill Park show­cased the tal­ents of 6 artists in Pre­ston­pans on the final weekend of the 3 Harbours Festival. It was one of the main events wrap­ping up the week of art exhi­bi­tions. The painters cre­ated their murals based on their dif­fer­ent inter­pre­ta­tions of a given poem.

David Grigor is one of the artists who took part in the event. It was his third time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mural Fest and the artist obvi­ously val­ued the experience.

“It’s the most expres­sive way of get­ting involved in it” he said. “It’s fan­tas­tic hav­ing peo­ple com­ing around just to look and ask questions”. Continue reading

Artist Profile- Wendy McCarroll Sandeman

With a huge array of artists spread across the 3 Har­bours Fes­ti­val, there was no short­age of tal­ent in the area. Among the artists with exhi­bi­tions in Cocken­zie Power Sta­tion was local res­i­dent Wendy McCar­roll Sande­man. Orig­i­nally from Ire­land, Wendy has a stu­dio in Coburg House in Leith as well as work­ing from her home in Cocken­zie.

The envi­ron­ment was the dom­i­nant theme of Wendy’s dis­play at this year’s exhi­bi­tion. “I’ve been very con­cerned about the area because it’s actu­ally a con­ser­va­tion area,” Wendy explains. “But because it’s a bit off the beaten track peo­ple don’t take as much care of it as they should”. Cocken­zie and Port Seton also has some listed build­ings and Wendy is con­cerned that the place might be dis­ap­pear­ing a lit­tle bit. But she also feels the pos­i­tive impact of events like the Fes­ti­val on the community. Continue reading

Artist Profile- Genevieve Bicknell

Genevieve Bick­nell is one of the young artists who  took part in this year’s 3 Har­bours Fes­ti­val in East Lothian. Her exhi­bi­tion was on dis­play at the Cocken­zie Power sta­tion, along with sev­eral other artists from the area. Genevieve is very pos­i­tive on being part of the fes­ti­val. “It’s a great chance to meet other artists”, she says. “It’s a really good way of being with oth­ers, see­ing what they do and also hav­ing some­where for your work to be seen by any­one else”. Continue reading

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