Exhibition a Hain family affair

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Four members of the Hain family from Lilliesleaf have a unique exhibition at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre this autumn.

The Hain Family Art Show showcases the paintings of husband and wife Rob Hain and Margaret Scott side by side with the ceramics of daughter Philippa and paintings by their son Alexander.

Rob and Margaret have worked as professional artists since graduating from Loughborough art school in the late ‘70s.

Philippa studied fine art at Newcastle University and has moved from working with enamelled copper to ceramics inspired by sealife.

In contrast, Alexander has developed his own painting style as a self-taught artist.

All four are in demand with Rob especially sought after for commissions. 
Harestanes centre manager Michael Scott said: “It’s not often that the opportunity arises to display the artistic output of an entire family, and for it to be such a harmonious and satisfying ensemble of work.

“Rob Hain’s paintings of Scottish landmarks and 
Borders villages are especially memorable for their 
incredible colours and sense of life.”

The Hain Family Art Show is open daily in the visitor centre gallery from 10am to 5pm until Thursday, October 3.

Rob told The Wee Paper that it was the first time that the family had exhibited their work all together, and that the opening of the display on Sunday had gone well.

“It was very well attended and we had a number of sales on the opening day, which was a great way to kick it off.”

Rob added: “Michael Scott at Harestanes got in touch and said I’m booking you all in for an exhibition – you sometimes need that kick!”

Although daughter Philippa is currently working in Cromarty, near Inverness, Rob said it had been quite easy for the four to pull the pieces together for the exhibition.

“We are all professional artists, so it comes quite easily to us,” he said.