Events

Dolly Allsorts

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Three of our members launch their new exhibition at a brilliant local venue this week.

Liz Downie, Ali Pressey and Rona Smith, AKA the Dolly Allsorts, have produced a range of new work for their Cairngorm-inspired show at the 1896 Gallery and Coffee Shop in Boat of Garten.

All three have their own distinctive style of art so it’s sure to be an interesting mix of artworks.

The opening event – to which you are invited – is on Friday June 2, 6.30pm-8pm – wine and nibbles will be available.

But no worries if you cant – the exhibition runs until July 1.

The gallery is open Mon-Sat (closed Thursday), 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm.

 

How to spend your holidays

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Even though we’re on our Easter break, the art doesn’t stop – particularly with lots of upcoming exhibitions. Our annual exhibition is in June this year and there’s a few more events planned.

And there’s a chance to join our tutor Angus on a silversmithing course in the evenings. He’ll be down at Kingussie High School every Tuesday during May, teaching how to make silver rings with stone settings.

There’s more information on Angus’s own website or here on the Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s site.

Be warned: we understand that there are still spaces available but they do fill up very quickly!

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Antarctic art

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If you’re at a loose end next week, you might be interested in a free talk by a renowned wildlife artist.

Darren Rees received the coveted Artist in Residency honour from the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute in 2015. It meant that he spent a month on board the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector, travelling from the Falklands to the Antarctic Peninsula.

His journey is documented through a series of more than 150 sketches, watercolours and acrylics in his book Ice Bound. His talk will highlight his methods, encounters and experiences.

Rees has been painting for more than 30 years. His first solo book Bird Impressions was published in 1993 to much critical acclaim and proved to be influential for many young artists.A knowledgable naturalist, he is a wildlife guide for several overseas destinations. He is also keen to promote the work of other painters of natural history and has penned many essays and a much-praised series of profiles of wildlife artists.

The talk will take place at the Grant Arms, Grantown, on March 16, from 8.30pm.

Jan 25: The return of Consequences

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Yes – it’s back!

Consequences is going on show at the north’s premier arts venue – Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

This is a brilliant chance for the group to display their work in the Highland capital – and for it to be seen by thousands of peole.

The chain of works will be hanging during the whole of February.

In preparation for this, Rona Smith, who organised the exhibition, needs to collect the works.

To that end, members must bring their works to the Wednesday Jan 25 class.

Rona and her team will be hanging the pieces at Eden Court on January, with the exhibition officially open the following day.

For more information on what Consequences was all about – and see the works included – click here.

Any further questions about the arrangements should be directed to Rona Smith.

Otherwise, the Jan 25 class will be an evening of tutoring with Angus, with a chance to print any etchings started last week.

Dates for the diary

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2017 is shaping up to be a busy one for us.

We’ve updated our calendar on the What’s On page. Please check it out and mark down the important dates for the diary. And keep a look out for more during the year – we won’t be ignoring any opportunity to share our work!

You’ll also find dates for workshops. At the moment, the only one on the cards is silk painting with Rona Smith. This is a chance to have a go at a delicate art technique that produces wonderful results.

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Speyside Lupins by Elizabeth Downie

Big thanks

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Thanks to everyone who supported our members at Grantown Museum’s Christmas sale on Saturday. And of course, thanks to everyone who took the time to make and sell items.

A great day was had by all and here you can see some of hardworkers on the stall.

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Liz, Angela and Norma on the stall

The Pagoda

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Anyone who fancies a nose around the refurbished Pagoda in Grantown should round there for the open day from 2pm-5pm. It’s had a chequered past but is now back in use and available for the community as well.

Yesterday’s launch night was busy, including a speech from local MP, Drew Hendry. Artwork from local artists looking good on the walls.

And watch out for the works by two budding your artists, Hannah Nelson and Gaby Meskauskaite, both students at Grantown Grammar School.

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