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Fire & Ice : Sue Mara
Fire & Ice : Sue Mara
Fire & Ice : Sue Mara
Fire & Ice : Sue Mara
Fire & Ice : Sue Mara
Fire & Ice : Sue Mara
Fire & Ice : Sue Mara

Fire & Ice : Sue Mara

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Sue Mara's Fire and ice exhibition opens in Hoy gallery


Fire and ice: a winter on North Ronaldsay

photography by Sue Mara


Dates: 29 August - 11 September 2019

Times: 11 am - 3 pm daily


Venue: Beach Gallery, Cantick Road, Longhope, Hoy  KW16 3PQ

Fire and ice: a winter on North Ronaldsay, the exhibition of new work by Orkney-based photographer Sue Mara, re-opens this week for a second showing - this time at Beach Gallery, Hoy's latest exhibition space, on Thursday 29 August.  

This follows a successful opening run this month at the North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Centre, where it was part of the island's Sheep Festival.

Said Beach Gallery owner Carolyn Shepherd: "I’m thrilled Sue is bringing her exhibition to Hoy, and am so pleased that we could accommodate her show at fairly short notice.  I admire artists that create their own opportunities to take their show on the road and make creativity happen. Being open to artist-led spontaneity like this makes the gallery feel fluid and fresh, so we’re excited to help with this."

And on Sunday 8 September there will be a Meet the Artist day at the gallery. 

About Fire and ice

Could I survive an Orkney winter, let alone a North Ronaldsay one? moving from southern England to a tiny windswept isle in October for 6 months felt like jumping in at the deep end, but I was curious to find out.

Keeping warm in a cottage heated solely by a coal stove was a satisfying challenge, rewarded by cosy nights snuggled by the flames as the wind howled a banshee round the eaves. My lullaby was the wild waves crashing on the rocks, yards from my pillow.

Living so close to the elements was deeply pleasurable. Ilingered often by the window, drawn by the ever-changingdrama of sky hues and light quality through the short hours of day. One of the most exciting times was the two days of snow we had in January, a brief thin blanketing that transformed landscape sound, texture, shape and colour into an unfamiliar other world.

And every night, my pre-bedtime ritual was to peek through the front door to check the lighthouse beam and its endless 10-second circlings. No matter how thick the cloud, how black or wild the night, there it swung, unfailingly - the comforting lantern of the night-watch.

In the end, it wasn't just about survival - more a thriving, onlight, wind, wave, fire, and the warmth, kindness and company of people.

Sue Mara is an art photographer, living in Orkney.


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About the venue


Beach Gallery is an art exhibition space, located next to a quiet beach on the island of Hoy, Orkney. There's also a small display and online shop of locally made art and craft work. A range of art classes are often available.