With the opening of a new exhibition featuring the work of Stuart Buchanan, Kim Canale and Dominique Cameron, Wall Projects in Montrose has come full circle. Artist and curator, Kim Canale, started up Wall Projects in her home 13 years ago and from this starting point went off in all sorts of creative directions.

In the interim period, she curated a host of exhibitions, bringing talent such as Anna King and Dominque Cameron to greater attention and facilitated various happenings at the nearby Old Ropeworks in Montrose. I attended Heroica's Joan Eardley: A Private View there in 2017. The rawness of the space and the connection to the industrial past of this north east town coupled with Alexandra Mathie's astonishing performance as Eardley, who lived and worked in nearby Catterline, made for a memorable evening.

Canale has now decided to go back to where it all started and get back to painting herself and showing it on a domestic scale. She has poured all her creative energies into creating a new body of work for this show.

"There's been a shift and my new work is stronger," she explains. "When you facilitate a gallery, your objectives are your artists. I was so busy trying to get other people out there that I neglected my own work. Being creative gives me a purpose and I think there's a depth to this new work. I have stripped everything back. And also returned to my house where it all started in 2006."

Featuring ten new paintings apiece from Canale, Catterline-based Buchanan and Cameron, who lives further down the coast in Pittenweem, there is a freshness in terms of colour, tone and mark-making to all the work on show.

"Stuart has concentrated on Catterline and the work is so strong," Canale says. It includes a tiny painting of Joan Eardley's studio, The Watchie, which is just wonderful."

Silk scarves, I Love You + I Always Will, based on a painting Canale made to commemorate her mother, who died in 2003, will be available from today, at a special introductory price £95 each.

Dominique Cameron will be giving an artist's talk in the gallery next Saturday, December 7 from 2-3pm.

Three Artists: Stuart Buchanan, Dominique Cameron & Kim Canale, Wall Projects, 17 Wellington Street, Montrose, Angus, DD10 8QD, www.wallprojectsltd.com, 07714 368203. Preview today from 12-4pm. Until January 25, 2020. Open weekends. Call Kim Canale for appointments.

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As my colleague, Sarah Urwin Jones pointed out last week on this page, small is beautiful, especially when it comes to Christmas markets. Holding this thought, if you are in the Glasgow area, Etsy Made Local is back for its fifth year in Glasgow. This two-day event features the work of 68 different sellers on each day. It’s part of a nationwide event that will see cities from coast to coast celebrating makers, designers and collectors that make up the creative community selling on Etsy.com, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. Look locally for this year’s Christmas gifting.

Etsy Made Local Market, The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HZ, facebook.com/GlasgowEtsyTeam, today and tomorrow, 11am–4.40pm. Free entry.