Sunday, 21 June 2009

A Sense of Place

The week before last we called at the Morven Gallery, Upper Barvas, on the Isle of Lewis for coffee.

I find the Morven Gallery to be s strange place. 'Front of house' it is bright, light and antiseptically clean - and totally lacking in atmosphere. The coffee is drinkable and the slices of cake so big that even I didn't have one. All-in-all i don't feel it is the sort of place to attract repeat visitors and yet it does. I, for example, am happy to drop in there any time we pass. Why? Because the display of art for sale is wonderful. To use my eternal phrase - "if I were a rich man I'd...." buy a whole host of items from there.

At the moment it has an exhibition called 'A Sense of Place'; quilting work by Effie Galletly.

Brother-who-Blogs was not taken with it but I liked it immensely.

I settled for buying some postcards of Effie Galletly's works. (The name Effie Galletly always reminds me of Holly Golightly and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'!) Mind you, anything that reminds me of Audrey Hepburn is always welcome.

This is my favourite quilt. It depicts Berneray beach and the original is 114cm x 116 cm.


  1. Thanks for this, on my list, some superb art. begs the question how do they sell it so far off the beaten track?

  2. They let you take photos in there too!

  3. I have to say that I think the quilting work looks a lot better in your photos that it does face to face so to speak. I don't quibble with the skill involved or the result intended. It's just not my cup of tea.

  4. Wow, these are really beautiful. I was in Camebridge and London for a few days, and I always wished I could go see the places like this.

    Happy Father's Day!

  5. I enjoy seeing these faraway places through your eyes. I'm still amazed by technology. You're a great tour guide. I just love that first photo. I've been back to look at it several times since you posted.

  6. That woman definitely has to have vision, right? How does one piece that together???
    Looks like brain surgery to me...

  7. Amazing to work with fabric and thread and come up with art like this! Beautiful!

  8. Quilting like Monet, requires the viewer's eye to mix colors and create transitions. I agree with you: I call it -- amazing visual candy.


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