Exhibitions

An invite to Kingussie

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Our lovely tutor Angus is exhibiting his work next month in Kingussie and we’re all invited to opening night.

He’s teamed up with Campbell Bryson (ex-GGS head of art) for the show, Lochs and Landscapes, at the Iona Gallery.

They’re promising a glass of wine (or a softie for the drivers) and some colourful paintings inspired by the Highlands.

It’s a great wee gallery, run by the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists. If you’ve never been,, this is the perfect opportunity!

Launch night is on Friday July 7, from 7pm-9pm and the show runs until July 14.

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Celebrating opening night

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Our Cairngorms exhibition is now open at Grantown Museum.

We were delighted to see so many friendly faces at last night’s opening. The art looks great and it was fantastic to see such a wide range of media and techniques being used. Pastels, watercolour, acrylic, embroidery, printing – all those lessons have really paid off!

And of course, the big event of the night – announcement of the winner of the Gordon Crisell Shield.

There was fierce voting, with a range of artworks in contention.

But the winner was Ellis Rowe, with his acrylic painting of Anagach Woods.

SAG chairwoman Angela Wood handed over the trophy to a delighted Ellis at the end of the night.

Many thanks to all who came along and especially to those members who organised, poured drinks and counted votes.

The exhibition is now on until July 1. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm. Our members will be on hand to chat to visitors about the work!

We’ll leave you with a wee glimpse of what’s in store when you visit – and our member Rona Smith left speechless after winning top prize in the raffle.

The final countdown

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With just a few days to go until we launch our summer exhibition, Cairngorms, here’s a wee reminder about the requirements and arrangements.

Members can exhibit up to four works, at a cost of £2 each. Forms have been sent out and should be returned to Liz Downie, with payment, by Wednesday Jun 14 at the latest.

Artworks should be handed in at Grantown Museum on Saturday June 17, 1-2pm. They must be framed – fitted with D-rings and cord, not wire. Works should also be taped at the back, along with a label detailing the title, artist’s name and price.

No clip frames and if works are too heavy/large, they may have to be exhibited on the floor.

The opening event is from 6.30pm-8pm on Saturday June 17 – all welcome so bring your friends. Drinks will be provided but members are asked to contribute a plate of nibbles.

The rota for manning the exhibition is circulating via e-mail so do volunteer for a shift if you can. Having members there really does help.

As usual, commission on sales is 20% (split between the group and the museum: the rest goes to the artist).

Collection of works will be on Saturday July 1, from 5pm.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there and enjoying the art!

Cairngorms exhibition, Grantown Museum 2017
Cairngorms exhibition, Grantown Museum 2017

 

 

 

 

Announcing our new exhibition

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The spectacular Cairngorms provides the inspiration for our 2017 annual exhibition.

Everyone has been hard at work producing original art for the summer show at Grantown Museum from June 17 to July 1.

And the event will open with a special open preview night on June 17 from 6.30pm to 8pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Those attending the preview will again be asked to vote for their favourite artwork. The piece will wins the most votes will be awarded the Gordon Crisell Shield. This prize, which was introduced last year, is named after a long-standing member of the Spey Art Group who died in 2015.

Members should have their entry forms, which include useful information about how to present your work.

We’ll post a reminder about arrangements for handing in your work and for opening night very soon.

Cairngorms exhibition, Grantown Museum 2017
Cairngorms exhibition, Grantown Museum 2017

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.

 

Where to see our members’ work this month

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Work by two of our members – Rona Smith and tutor Angus Grant – features in the latest exhibition by the Creative Cairngorms group.

All you need to do it take a wee trip to Findhorn to the Moray Art Centre before the end of the month. It’s well worth a visit – with paintings, screenprints, photography, jewellery, etc, there’s a tremendous breadth of work to look at. And it’s fantastic gallery in a lovely wee village!

 

Making a show of ourselves!

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You cannot escape the Spey Art Group this month: we’ve got work in two prominent Highland galleries!

The main show is at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, where you can see our epic exhibition, Consequences, for the second time. If you missed it in September last year, then this is a chance not to be missed.

And it’s on show throughout February so there’s really no excuse!

AND! You can also catch members’ work at the Iona Gallery in Kingussie this weekend (until Feb 5). Before Christmas we did a workshop on decorating masks – resulting in our famous group shot. Angus has arranged that these unique creations – and those done by some of his pupils at Grantown Grammar – are being exhibited for the Food on Film Festival.

This well-known event is celebrating its 10th year with lots of events and films over the weekend so making a trip down the valley is highly recommended.