Coastal treasures turned art work on show in North East Fife constituency office

Stephen Gethins MP welcomes Art in Parliament exhibition by East Neuk Beach Crafts artist Louise Moncur

Handmade art created from driftwood, old fishing creels, sea glass and sea pottery is bringing the East Neuk coastline a bit closer to the Cupar constituency office of North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins.

Cellardyke-based artist Louise Moncur has been taking advantage of the treasure trove of broken pottery ditched in the sea following the demise of once-famous Kirkcaldy industry as the basis for her seaside pictures and jewellery.

Many of her quirky designs feature puffins and other seabirds common to the Neuk and Isle of May, alongside sailing boats and wire twisted into the shape of birds and waves.

During this month, a selection of Louise’s work is being exhibited in the constituency office and can be viewed during opening hours.

Commenting on the exhibition she said: “I was over the moon to be asked to be part of the Art in Parliament scheme that helps to promote local artists. I began creating my artwork just over a year ago, and have been humbled by the positive response I’ve received. I’m so inspired by the local landscape and wildlife and feel privileged to be working with, and hopefully helping to preserve, the antique sea-worn pottery, glass and wood offered up by the seas and beaches of the East Neuk.  Using naturally sourced materials also ensures each piece of art is complete one-off. I hope my fun and quirky seaside scenes will brighten up people’s homes and bring a smile to their face!”

Stephen Gethins MP said: “I’m delighted that Louise’s work is on display in the office in Cupar. Her creations are unique and a colourful, vivid interpretation of the East Neuk’s stunning coastline. It’s great to see her works in Cupar and at the Fisheries Museum and Isle of May ferry ticket office in Anstruther.

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