Open spaces inspiration for Ken

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Not to be outdone by a certain extravaganza up the road in Edinburgh, this year’s Peebles Arts Festival (August 27–31) promises a fabulous long weekend of events.

These will highlight not just the wealth of artistic talent found locally, but also the town’s international artistic connections.

Now in its 33rd year, the festival has always offered something for all ages and interest – with this year no exception. Locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy a lively mix of events covering everything from walking tours and talks to exhibitions, live music and creative workshops.

Kick off the Peebles Arts Festival weekend in style by visiting the open galleries all around town. Always a big hit locally, the Open Gallery Evening is a chance to visit wonderful exhibitions, meet some of the artists and enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

This year Tweed Art will be hosting an exhibition by Innerleithen-based artist Ken Ferguson. Ken is self-taught and has been painting full-time since 1990.

“I have always been fascinated by the representation of distance – the wide open spaces of mountain tops and coastlines are a major source of inspiration.

“My early work concentrated on coastlines and lochs of northern and western Scotland, but in 1993 a chance climb in the mountains of Torridon fired an enthusiasm for hill-walking and a lot of my work is influenced by this. There is nothing quite like a clear day high up in the mountains and I aim for that clarity of light in much of my work – whether it is mountain, beach or Venetian canal.

“I work mainly in watercolour, though occasionally use acrylics. Seriously-flawed colour vision has led me to a limited palette and a largely tonal approach. Most of my paintings use only three or four colours at most and I avoid reds and greens wherever possible. I often use snow in my work to extend the tonal range.”

Ken’s exhibition runs from Friday, August 28, to Wedneday, September 30, at Tweed Art, 1 Biggiesknowe, Peebles. Tweed Art’s new website, launching at the beginning of September, will be at www.tweedart.co.uk