Saturday afternoon.

The weather was kind to us on day one. The cloud had the good sense to disperse without threatening much in the way of showers and when it was sunny, it was pleasantly warm and just about right for crawling round the first few venues.

I still have high hopes of hitting the eighty plus venues. Julie, even as I type this is arching a disbelieving eyebrow. We’ll try our best.

Incidentally, there are some photos to accompany some of the venues, but 3G is some kind of meaningless high majick in Pittenweem and posting the text is going to be challenging enough, so this might need to wait til we get home to finish.

17. Page Pottery Gallery. Off to a bit of a dull start. I mean, it’s nice with lovely washed, earthy tones. But no matter how washed or earthy the tone or how shiny the sheen, it’s just pottery. Julie liked the plant pots. For pottery fans, it’ll be a hoot. Not my cuppa tea.

16. Jim and Barbara Fleming Art and Jewellry. The art work initially looks quite samey but seemed to hide African animals like giraffe and such. No puffins or boats so far. Julie saw no animals. I’m not the best judge of what makes good, arty jewellry, but it all seemed very nice in a classical way.

15. Funky Scottish. Now we’re talking. We like Funky Scottish. In fact, we love Funky Scottish. Karen Edward does these crazy ceramic plates and we’ve previously bought a few and commissioned one for a unique present. Last year, we added a Linzi Knox felt puffin to our collection. It’s all great fun. The cartoony aspects of Karen’s plates don’t really show the extent of her talents, however this year her wonderful mixed media work really caught the eye. We ended up buying stuff. Again.

Anita E Hutchinson

Anita E Hutchinson

12. Anita E Hutchison. A firm favourite from the last couple of years and she continues to impress. Anita goes on beach walks across Scotland and makes art from the things she finds and the inspiration along the way. Art is an involving experience and it flows through Anita’s work. For example, she has 20m tickertape length of thin fabric with a story handstitched into it and the story is about as entertaining and impressive as the art. Last year, she made hundreds of little cloth tents and placed them round about the stretch of beach that was being bought up by Donald Trump. As an exhibition, it’s exactly what Julie and I love. There’s thought behind every delicate stitch, a story round every corner and hidden treasures within the work that make it a rewarding experience. Every year, Anita manages to put in a new twist to keep her work fresh.

69. Josephine Gillespie & Terry Adams. The first garage venue is down on the harbourside in a venue that I would imagine is usually home to fishing boats and boxes of fish. It’s a big space, filled with a huge variety and probably an awful lot for the casual art fan to enjoy and admire. Julie thinks it a little underpriced but the standard, especially on the Gillespie side of the garage is impressive. Boats, nudes, landscapes, flowers, snaps of life, oil, watercolour, pastels. You name it. Pick of the bunch, something called Lovely Day, featuring two old dears having a natter outside the shops. I’m a sucker for that kinda stuff. The busker outside was a bit throaty, though.

Julie bid on a fish.

67. Gavin Burnett & Nicola Cairns. It’s more earthenware, which is something of theme so far on the first day, and glassware which stands out more. Impressive conches of blown coloured glass immediately catch the eye, as do some mounted porcelain that look like what would happen to an ashtray in a Salvador Dali painting. Can’t get too excited about pots and £200 tea lights. Very modern, perhaps too modern for my tastes and a bit pricy.

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