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Byline: Jan Patience

Cupar Arts Festival 2013 Cupar, Fife ( UNTIL 17.10 TOMORROW the fourth Cupar Arts Festival bursts into life when, for 12 days, this small Fife town, with its little closes, wynds and historic buildings, will crackle with life as more than 40 artists offer their take on this year's theme of Fate.

The artists, from as far afield as Japan, Taiwan and Italy, will place projects on the subject of fate in a series of unconventional venues including a former grain silo, the railway station, the town's medieval alleys, churches, county buildings, a former jail, vacant shops, the local park and the Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse.

One intriguing project comes from Edinburgh's Jenny Smith, which examines the answers of Cupar kids asked: "What is the most important decision you've made?" In another project, artist Anthony Schrag offers a funny but thought-provoking exploration of Cupar Justice in which residents are invited to capture the artist dressed as a pig.

There's also a strong musical element to the festival, which features the likes of FOUND, Kid Canaveral and Withered Hand, a member of Fife-based King Creosote's Fence Collective.

Jacki Parry: Resonance - Gathering and Sampling North Gallery, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh UNTIL 26.10 AUSSIE paper-making expert Jacki Parry has lived in Scotland since 1965 when she began studying at Glasgow School of Art.

She was a founding member of the acclaimed Glasgow Print Studio and became head of print-making at GSA until retiring in 2006. Her paper sculptures are beautiful. Some are delicate and robust at the same time, as though they might burst like a balloon any minute.

In a new exhibition at the fantastic Dovecot Studio, Parry is also showing her expansive archive of papers created from different plant fibres.

As well as showing off her paper-making skills, this shows off her skills at sewing, folding and weaving paper. Works include the vast installation, Ocean, which cascades like a large ocean wave.

Also well worth seeing at Dovecot is an exhibition of work by the acclaimed, late Scots photographer David Peat.

Menage: Michael G Clark Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh UNTIL 26.10 IN French, menage means a household and the people and things within it.

Building on a lifelong love affair with France and its culture, Ayrshire-based Michael G Clark has created 35 new paintings celebrating the simple things in life: good food and wine, the company of friends, warm and hazy afternoons.

At the same time, all these touchy-feely works evoke a back story. Two half-empty glasses of wine, a dish of higgledy-piggledy lemons, a bride-to-be having a dress fitting and two old men in black berets blethering...

Clark, a former Edinburgh College of Art student, says he always has had in his mind US-born painter James Whistler's ideas on the "cooking process" of painting.

By this he means ingredients are applied and mixed to create something entirely new.

This is particularly apt when it comes to painting in oils, the medium chosen for the bulk of the work on show in Menage.

Jan Patience
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 4, 2013
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