|IN THE FRAME
Art galleries, as a rule, tend to be urban phenomena. If one does come across
them in the depths of the countryside, it's more than likely that they will be
dealing in images of the strictly huntin', shootin', fishin' variety. An
exception is the Stenton Gallery, situated in a former pub in the heart of East
What makes the gallery different is its consistency in giving wall space to art
which is innovative, inspired and of high quality. Importantly, too, it is as
far away from the expected as you could imagine.
What is now the Stenton Gallery opened in 1980 as the Macaulay Gallery, in what
had been the Oak Inn in the conservation village of Stenton. From the first it
championed contemporary Scottish art and was supported by such distinguished
artists as Robin Philipson, Mary Armour, David Donaldson,John Houston and
In 1997 the current owner, Barbara Christie, took over the gallery and has
continued to run it along the same lines, reflecting the vibrancy of
contemporary Scottish art. Critical successes have included shows featuring
abstract painter Campbell Sandilands and Annette Edgar's distinctive brand of
painterliness..This month sees a joint show by Nael Hanna and MaggieVance.
"I like to think that we are approachable," says Christie."lt's
important that people aren't intimidated
what makes the gallery unique
is a combination of the location, the art and sheer hard work."
Stenton Gallery, tel: 01368 850 256.