Midlothian friends set for Dalkeith exhibition

Gore Glen. One of Newtongrange artist Fiona Horne's photographs from the exhibition
Gore Glen. One of Newtongrange artist Fiona Horne's photographs from the exhibition

A photography, jewellery and glassware exhibition showcasing the work of three Midlothian artists kicks off in Dalkeith on Friday.

The exhibition of works by photographer Fiona Horne, musician and photographer Caroline Gilmour (both from Newtongrange), and Dalkeith glass sculptor and jeweller Sharon Simpson will run until August 12 at the Riccio Gallery on South Street in Dalkeith.

Fiona Horne (45), who creates a “painting effect” on her photos, hopes it will change people’s perceptions of art.

She said: “It’s just really a trio of friends. I have spent the past year taking pictures of Caroline Gilmour at her gigs. She is also keen on photography. So our photos of around Scotland, including many in Midlothian, will be on show.

“Sharon takes her inspiration from nature, infusing it into glass. She looked at our photos and we looked at her stuff. There is tie-in. We influence each other.

“This is our first exhibition. We have done smaller ones but not like this, open to the public, for a long time.

“I’m excited but I’m also nervous because we are putting ourselves up there for everybody to see. But that’s the whole point, getting people’s reaction to our work.

“I think people should go along to see what’s around them. A lot of people don’t realise the beauty of what’s here.

“And some people think galleries are a bit above them but it’s not like that at all. It’s dispelling that myth. Art can be affordable and good fun.

“Maybe it will inspire people to do this as well.”