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.

lupins silk painting
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.

Grantown Museum stall
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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Grantown craftiness

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Just a reminder that some of our members will be selling their wares at the Grantown Museum’s Christmas sale on Saturday.

The Spey Art Group will have a table at the event, which includes a coffee morning, with a range of products made by our talented members.

But if you’d rather get your hands dirty, there’s still time to sign up for Angus’s jewellery workshop, which is on the same day at Inverallan Parish Church Hall.

Contact the Cairngorms Learning Partnership on 01540 662 420 or find more information at the CLP website.


Just one week to go…

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The Spey Art Group’s Wednesday night classes start again next Wednesday. Realise you’ve all probably rediscovered the Great British Bake-Off over the past two weeks but I’m sure that that we all want to swap the wooden spoon for a paintbrush.

A programme of lessons until Christmas is now on our Winter Term page. Angus has prepared lots of exciting plans to stretch our artistic skills.

He has also built in time for more tutoring this term so, if they wish to, members have a chance to spend more time on their personal projects.

And don’t forget about the jewellery workshop running on November 12. You can find out more on this post or here on the Cairngorms Learning Partnership’s website.

See you next week!



Five exhibitions to inspire you this autumn

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We’re on a break until October 26  but that’s no excuse to neglect your art.

There’s lots of places to seek inspiration over the next few weeks.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

The Main Gallery is hosting Remembering the Great War, an exhibition that marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. This show has been developed by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and includes famous Scottish artists, as well as the lesser known. There is a rich variety of portraits and other related works in various media and the exhibition provides an opportunity to learn about the impact of the war and the key role that Scotland and its people played.

  • Until November 5.

Related to this, the Small Gallery hosts Next of Kin, which showcases a range of family keepsakes, including postcards, letters and photographs.

IMAG is one of eight museums and galleries working with National Museums Scotland to exhibit objects and archives in this show.

  • Until November 5.



Iona Gallery, Kingussie

Jon Scheuler’s Skyscapes will be on show at the Iona Gallery until the end of the month. This exhibition coincides with the centenary of the artist’s birth. The Milwaukee-born painter studied in California before moving to New York in the 1950s.

In 1957 he came to Mallaig and the landscape he found there influenced his work throughout the 1960s. In 1970, he returned to the village and stayed for five years, returning most summers until his death in 1992.

  • Until October 29

Meanwhile, you’ll have to be quick to catch the photography exhibition in the Small Gallery : Lost in the Glen features landscape works by Preslava Gancheva, of Bulgaria.

  • Until October 15

But even if you do miss out on that, another small exhibition is due to replace it. Local artist Lynne Cairney’s latest collection is Back to the Farm.

  • From October 17-30

Lots of lovely events

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Grantown Museum is jam-packed with upcoming events during the autumn.

With our own exhibition Consequences running until September 30, there is no better time to get down to Burnfield.

This weekend sees The Big Draw, a national festival of drawing. You are invited along to find inspiration in the museum’s collectio. The event runs from Friday-Sunday, 1pm-4pm.

In October, two events will be running during the Highland Archaeology Festival. The first, on October 1 at 7.30pm, is a talk on the prehistoric sites of human occupation in Strathspey. This will be delivered by Dr Steve Goodall, with a suggested donation of £5.

A few days later, the museum will recreate the popular historical tour around the policies of Castle Grant. This will start from the museum at 10am on Thursday October 13. The suggestion donation here is £10.

Andfinally local artist Chloe Kelman will be showing her Highland cow paintings during October as well as the long-awaitedTen exhibition, in which 10 people have chosen an object from the collection and written a response to it. It could be a poem, a memory of just a few lines on why they like it.


Consequences is coming

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Our new exhibition, Consequences, is just a few days away!

Everyone is looking forward to the big reveal on preview night when we will see the full chain of works hung together for the first time.

It will be very interesting to see how we got from the start to the end – the pressure is on for those at the end of chain!

Preview night is on Saturday September 17, from 6-9pm. Wine and nibbles will be on offer.

For more information see the Consequences exhibition page.