Silver Hunter Contemporary Gallery Opening
August 4, 2020 by Perthshire Creates
Perthshire based artist Andrew Hunter had a busy lockdown preparing the opening of his new home-based gallery in the hamlet of Enochdhu near the village of Kirkmichael, about 15 miles from Blairgowrie.
Set in a couple of acres of wild garden the Silver Hunter Contemporary Gallery features a collection of Andrew’s original paintings, giclee prints, and cards as well the work of ceramicist Jenny Charles & jewellery maker Kate West. As this Summer’s holiday plans include staycations and days out, it provides a new and welcome visiting option for both locals and visitors to the area. The gallery has one door in and another out enabling a safe visit and social distancing, as well as places to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the garden if the gallery is busy.
Having spent his working life in Graphic Design, and taken up painting after retirement, it’s taken Andrew some time to confidently make the move from graphic designer to artist. As a regular exhibiting artist and member of Perthshire Open Studios, he has been welcoming visitors to his studio for many years, these events provided both the opportunity and experience to talk confidently about his own work. Opening his own gallery was he admits a big leap, but a natural next step.
Andrew has found the planning, developing and opening of his new gallery an enjoyable and satisfying creative opportunity. His graphic design background has played a big role in the new venture, from understanding the importance of creating space to enjoy each artwork and displaying a variety of complementary styles of work, to developing the Silver Hunter brand identity. This is an adaptation of the design he created several years ago for his creative practice and website, by simply adding a roof to capture the architectural style of the new gallery building.
Starting a new business venture is challenging at any time and planning to launch in 2020 has been further complicated by the national lockdown due to Covid-19. Undeterred he has overcome what might have ordinarily been simple tasks such as the organisation of signage and promotional leaflets, and used used the time to add the gallery to his website and use of social media to promote the space.
Andrew’s work tends to be varied in subject matter and if he finds another artists’ work that is complementary he would happily consider showing them in the gallery. Additional work on display currently includes a collection of unique and dramatic hand painted jewellery pieces created by Kate West, whose work is inspired by hand by fossils & shells, and Jenny Charles’ wonderful ceramics, principally created using earthenware, with a vibrant blue glaze combined with contrasting turquoises and magenta.
Andrew’s work is also featured and available on the newly launched Perthshire Artisans website, the place to discover beautifully individually crafted pieces and creative services from across Perthshire.
The Silver Hunter Contemporary Gallery is open 10-4pm daily (apart from Wednesdays) and can be contacted on 07899 877439. You can also keep up with Silver Hunter Gallery news via Instagram and Facebook. With ample parking available, the gallery is located near the village of Kirkmichael in the hamlet of Endochu, 15 miles from Blairgowrie on the A982 via Bridge of Cally, the gallery is on the right 1.5 miles from Kirkmichael. If travelling from Pitlochry, it’s 10 miles with the drive on the left at the z bend sign.