Emma Eberlein: Eco-artist and gallerist

Pot Buoys Gallery, St Agnes, Scilly artists, eco-art

St Agnes Artist Emma Eberlein showcases her own work as well as other artists in her Pot Buoys gallery.

When you circumnavigate St Agnes, the most southwesterly of the Island of Scilly, one of the first attractions – after the wildflowers and the ripening blackberries – is Emma Eberlein’s Pot Buoys Gallery. It’s set in a ramshackle pair of fishermen’s sheds, a few steps down from the paved path.

Eberlein showcases an eclectic assortment of work. Her own art, which she classifies as eco-art, consists of island motifs painted in acrylic on driftwood; jewelry and sculptural assemblages of sea-eroded plastics and 17th century beads shipwrecked on the island. She makes nested “Russian” dolls that are sailors, octopuses and fisherman instead of Russian babushkas and translates her illustrations of shells, wildflowers and crustaceans into children’s colouring books and witty “treasure” boxes.

Pot Buoys also carries the work of other Scilly artists and markets work produced by children in St Agnes’s primary school art workshops that Eberlein conducts. Add to that glassware, ceramics and stationery and you have a great little shop to find unusual gifts and souvenirs of the Isles of Scilly.

Emma Eberlein’s Pot Buoys Gallery

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Peter Macdonald Smith: Artist in oils and acrylics

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Artist Peter Macdonald Smith in his garden on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly.

Scilly artist and Leicestershire native Peter Macdonald Smith arrived, like many in Scilly’s creative community, on a holiday; fell in love with the place and returned as soon as he could.

A camping trip with friends on St Agnes in 1964 turned Smith on to the special atmosphere of the islands. By 1965 he was back, working on a farm and painting his abstract expressionist work, in oil and oil pastels, every evening.

He’d left school with no qualifications but a crash course in academics earned him sufficient secondary school credentials to enter a four-year fine arts degree program at Falmouth Art School. After, his peripatetic career saw him working as a shoe designer, trying teacher training, joining the Newlyn Society of Artists alongside such leading British artists as Patrick Heron and Terry Frost, and eventually returning to the Isles of Scilly to live and paint.

A variety of styles

Today Smith works in his sunny garden on Rocky Hill, east of Hugh Town on St Mary’s. He paints in oils, oil pastels and acrylics creating impressionistic seascapes and vibrant expressionist abstracts as well as sculptural collages. Most days, Smith is on hand and happy to talk about his work between noon and 5 p.m. at his  Porthloo Studio Gallery, a short walk along the coastal path above Porthloo Beach. Prints of his original paintings are available through his website.  Visit the website for a good overview of his abstract work as well.

Paintings by Peter Macdonald Smith

Find out more about the artists of Scilly

When it comes to the variety of artists and makers, during my short visit I barely scratched the surface of the artwork available to see and buy in the Isles of Scilly. To find out more, pick up a copy of the Isles of Scilly Arts Guide at the tourist office on St Mary’s or check it out online

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