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Artists at Large

1: Janice McNab's 'Accession Paintings '

When Gordon, as 14th Baron of Prestoungrange & Dolphinstoun, first gained access to the Barony in 1998, Janice McNab from Glasgow was commissioned to make three paintings to celebrate. They are here on the WebSite of course and the originals hang in the permanent gallery at the Prestoungrange Gothenburg.

2: Michael MacVeigh at The Haven and The Fair

Currently, the Arts Festival has a second artist at large on the baronial lands, Michael McVeigh. He is already a well recognised Scottish artist and many of his works are available here in the McVeigh Gallery. If any of them are to your liking, although the originals have since been sold, prints are available at between ?0 and ?5 each unframed.

Michael McVeigh has, we are delighted to say, accepted a commission to paint at least six in his own inimitable style in and around Prestoungrange. The first two of these, Morrison's Haven and The Chapman's Fair, are now available as shown below:

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For eight hundred years the Prestoungrange industrial area supplied coal, bricks, glass and more to Scotland and beyond. All goods leaving from this hard working harbour.

Michael McVeigh was educated at College in Dundee and Edinburgh in Painting & Drawing and now works from the WASP Studios in Edinburgh. His first commission was to paint a peacock for his mother's neighbour, but although completed it went undiscovered for many a year. Finally the delighted neighbour received it when it turned up under an old bed.

He has done some early work as a muralist, and they can be found at the Dundee Centre of Contemporary Arts and the Bowling Club. However, his current commissions with Baron Courts are for work on canvas to grace the homes of Panners and beyond. We don't know yet but we normally expect to see the sea, ships and animals in Michael's works. He explains that the animals, especially the giraffe, come from his early part-time work in zoos not Africa's rolling plains.

Giraffes on African plains
Safely Indoors with the Giraffe

Michael's fascination with ships and the sea quite simply comes from being an east coast Scotsman. You are never far from the sea!

3. Thomas Ewing 'In celebration of July 23rd 2003'

On July 23rd 2003 the Arts Festival was delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Gothenburg to The Prestoungrange Gothenburg. For that occasion Thomas Ewing, a local artist in Prestonpans, was invited to paint in celebration. He created two works - the first taken to Goteborg for the Lord Mayor and the second now hanging in the Lord Mayor's Bar and Table at the Prestoungrange Gothenburg as seen below.

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4. 2006 Water Colours by Alastair Stroyan

In the summer of 2006 Tranent artist Alastair Stroyan held an exhibition of his Scottish water colours at The Prestoungrange Gothenburg and was subsequently invited to create a series of water colours from Prestonpans and Vicinity. Prints of all his works, which hang at the Prestoungrange Gothenburg, are available on sale in the Boutique.

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