Gordon Crisell Shield

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.

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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

An exciting night!

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Massive thanks to everyone who came along to our preview last night. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying our art.

The standard of work is so high this year. Many people seemed to be doing a couple of rounds of the room before deciding which masterpiece to vote for – it was really difficult to decide.

The breadth of work was also great to see – acrylic, watercolour, pastel, print, textile silk. The list of our talents seems endless!

And it was brilliant to see the red dots going up throughout the night.

But after an evening of fierce voting, there was a winner. Huge congratulations to Jane Candlish, whose linocut print, Castle Grant, was voted favourite artwork on the night.

She is the first winner of the Gordon Crisell Shield, named in honour of our former secretary and donated by his family.

Pictured here is our treasurer Liz Downie handing over the beautiful trophy to Jane at the end of the night.

The shield will be on display at Grantown Museum until the end of the exhibition.

Finally many thanks to Dan Cottam and the museum for their help in setting up and allowing us to have a wee party to launch the show.

And thanks are due to the group’s elite team of organisers – too many to name – who gave up their time yesterday to set everything up. The exhibition looks great!

Don’t forget we’re on until May 7, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Tell your friends!

Here are a few shots of a very successful evening!

 

 

Keep painting!

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Just a few days to go until our exhibition…

This is just a gentle reminder that you should have received entry forms via e-mail. The usual details are required, with a deadline of April 18 to get them to Kerstin. Don’t forget to give your work a name.

And there’s an extra incentive to display your best work this year.

The family of the group’s long-standing secretary, Gordon Crisell, has donated a shield to be given as a prize at the preview night of the exhibition.

All those attending the opening event will be asked to vote for their favourite artwork and the piece with the largest number of votes will take home the prize – and the prestige of being the first winner!

Opening night is Friday April 22, from 5-8pm. For the first time, the event is open to the public.

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