Permanent arts and crafts outlet opens its doors

The success of pop-up shops in Moray has inspired a local art group to go one step further by opening a permanent base for showcasing local talent.

‘Artology’ has opened its doors in Fochabers stocking the work of local artists including the paintings, cards and jewellery of Rachel Ashton.

Behind the shop is the Speyside Artisans Group, who operated a highly successful temporary shop in July as part of Speyfest.

The shop organiser is Kathryn Abrahams, who said: “We had a great response during the week of Speyfest from local people and visitors who wanted to buy Scottish products – sales were excellent.

“This is the first permanent shop although for the past five years we have had pop-up shops in the St Giles centre in Elgin and at other local events.”

Included in the new shop will be the work of Speyside based artists such as Rant and Stave, who produce gifts and accessories created from whisky barrel staves.

Also on show will be the work of kilt maker Joy Mann who will also manage the new shop. Joy said: “I’m really pleased to have a place in Fochabers with a great vibe.

“This venture has pulled together a diverse bunch of characters to achieve something great – passers-by can come in and see the kilt making and it does interest them and draw them in.”

Future plans for the shop include a gallery where children can display their work and workshops for those wishing to learn different crafts.

The new shop opened its doors on Monday and is on 29 High Street in Fochabers.

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