A Selkirk showcase for Borders artists

St Mary’s Mill in Selkirk – the only WASPS (Workshop and Artists’ Studio Provision Scotland) studio in the Borders – will open its doors and welcome the public into the workspace of 12 exhibiting artists next weekend, writes Corin Anderson.

Among those putting their work on show is Fiona Millar. A self-taught, much sought after painter, Fiona lives in the Borders and her work is often compared to styles from the 1930s.

Moy Mackay, whose richly-coloured pieces of work have been displayed in many solo exhibitions across Scotland, was born in Edinburgh, studied in Glasgow and currently resides in the Tweed Valley.

Rob Hain, a winner of the Civic Trust Award for his work in the Italian Centre in Glasgow, uses the Scottish landscape as his inspiration and exhibited The Weird and Wonderful World of Rob Hain at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Alan Richmond was born in 1960 in Hertfordshire and moved to Hawick when he was young. Since then, he has grown to love Scotland. His paintings are semi-abstract landscapes in acrylic and watercolour.

Ruffled Feathers’ giant puppets will also be displayed, as will the skills of newcomer Alex Hain, son of the aforementioned Rob. The other artists are Colin Philip, John Berry, Mary Morrison. Joy Parker, Kenneth Allan and Grace Smith.

As well as local musicians performing, home baking and refreshments will be on sale and children’s art workshops running.

The event is free and opens on October 1 (11am-5pm) and October 2 (noon-5pm).