People's Choice:
Carol Johnston


Penicuik Turner:
Aine Divine


It seems 'portraits' have won the day!

But also a very generous Raffle outcome - thanks to generous artists!
Enjoy the wee video here with animating music by Jo and Olly tempting us to dance and Mose Hutchison, People's Choice and Raffle prizes presenter keeping everybody animated.
David Annand, our 2013 Turner Prize Judge, had prepared an in depth short list, offering insights on a dozen or more art pieces, will send his notes still so we can match his comments to the right works. Here is his choice choosing, followed by a glimpse of his own sculptural portraits (click to go to his website).

All in All: the winner is..
hopefully you people all, whose lives and places got enriched by viewing art, visiting trails and studios in Penicuik, attending some of the marvelous events, meeting some of the local and visiting artists, making new friends and reconnecting with old ones, being inspired (and not totally expired if you were one of the organisers!).
Big thank you to everyone, our dedicate volunteers and cheerful participants, for being part of Penfest 2013.
Enjoy and share this blog, and if you want to see all the images go to these photo-albums: click on image below an then click again on one of the five albums):


AND NOW please LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF IT ALL BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK an taking a minute to complete that questionaire there

This year we have 69 entries for the popular Penicuik Turner Prize competition. It will be judged by the sculptor David Annand on Saturday the 28th September. This year we also have a 'People's choice' voting ballot box in the exhibition room, and the winner for that will be announced on same day by Mose Hutchison, the Penicuik Citizen of the year.

We hope you will have ample opportunity to view the art works live
  •  during the day when the show should be open from 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday, unless there has been a gap with the exhibition sitters. There might be classes going on in the room, but you can view the works all the same
  • during Penfest events held in room 1 - check program and venue here

You can also see photos of all the entries on this album, (at least I hope there are all of them to be seen over there? Please give a shout if you find one missing!) and you see a few examples in the slide show below.

Please bear in mind that this slide show and the above linked album is an amateur photographic sharing of very detailed art works. Plus the reflection in the glass of framed art also doesn't help give you the best impressions! ;-) 
If you want to really appreciate the art and especially if you wish to buy a piece for your own collection or as that special gift for someone special: please come and see for yourself :-)
And remember the best coffee in town and other nice things to eat and drink are available in the Gallery Cafe with Cafe Garden, Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm.

Looking forward to see who will be the runner-ups and who snaps that unique piece for their collection!
PictureAlan MacMillan setting a soothing ambience
Now comes the music - and the musings at the fireside painted and real: the official opening of the annual Penicuik Turner Prize at West Street, room 1. Nice turnout!

All the art this year is tightly packed on the walls of room 1, whilst refreshments were served in room 2, as well having posters and raffle prizes on show. 
It was such a pleasure to have had Midlothian Provost Joe Wallace with us this year!

Caroline and Joe Wallace
Jackie and Joe Wallace
We hope everybody from Penicuik can come and visit the exhibition, it is open from 10am - 4pm Mondays - Saturdays.
There is the 'People's Vote' ballot box there, too, and we are ever so curious to find out on the 28th what Mose will tell us the winner i.
Here a few glimpses of the opening event amongst the 70 or so art pieces on show.