Exhibitions

A Big Nature Weekend – indoors!

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A wee reminder about the Big Nature Weekend exhibition. Obviously with one thing and another, this event has been postponed until next year.

But there will be a special virtual exhibition of the Spey Art Group’s work and hopefully some of you have already emailed photographs of your work to Lucy Ford, lucyford@cairngorms.co.uk by May 4. Make sure you include your name, the title of the work, the medium and also a comment on the piece. Put Big Nature Virtual Weekend SAG in the subject line of the exhibition.

As it is a virtual exhibition, you don’t need to worry about fees so you can enter as many works as you want. This is a great chance to share our work with other people despite being stuck inside.

Really looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to over the past few weeks,

Armchair art critic

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We can’t go out to celebrate Easter but there’s still a way to see world class art. And all from the comfort of your favourite chair.

Lots of the most famous galleries and museums across the globe have pages providing virtual tours of their expansive corridors.

Best of all, you don’t need to strain your neck to see past the crowds around your favourite artwork.

Here’s a rundown of a few galleries to “visit” this Easter!

Splendid Isolation by Andrew McIntosh
We’re starting close to home with Andrew “Mackie” McIntosh, who grew up in the town and is now based in London. His aptly titled exhibition, “Splendid Isolation”, opened at the James Freeman Gallery just before the pandemic put us all in lockdown. You can have a look at the new paintings at the gallery’s website and see a video about the works.

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The National Gallery Google Tour
Staying in the capital, the National Gallery offers a tour of some of its rooms created by Google in 2011.

National Gallery Google tour

 

The National Museum of Scotland
Not strictly an art gallery but this is still a great way to spend an hour or so. It was the first Scottish museum or gallery to be part of the Google project to make artistic and historical collections online.Click here to tour the permanent galleries and look at more than 20,000 objects.

National Museum of Scotland Google tour

 

The Vatican Museums
If you fancy going further afield, you could head to The Vatican museums. There are seven tours of various parts of the complex – accessible by clicking here.

Best of all, they are in 360, immersing you in the splendour of the rooms as well as the art. And the Sistine Chapel is on the list – letting you see the amazing frescos without the crowds!

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And if those aren’t enough to keep you occupied, then check out this list from Time Out for some fascinating collections from across the globe.

People and Places

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Thanks to all who have visited our new exhibition People and Places at The Pagoda in Grantown over the weekend.

Launch night was on Friday and it was great to see so many familiar faces enjoying our hard work. We are grateful to The Pagoda for such a wonderful space to show our work: the exhibition looks great.

We’ve got dozens of lovely artworks, from acrylics to watercolours and everything in between.

And as is now traditional, we handed over the Gordon Crisell Shield to the work voted favourite on the launch night. This year it was The Hoose Beyond, a mixed media piece by Sandra White. Congratulations to Sandra, who received the trophy from our chair, Angela Wood.

The exhibition is on all week so make sure you pop in. And do add a doodle to our big drawing – pens and pencils provided!

People and Places 2019

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people and places an exhibition of art and craft by the Spey Art Group
Our 2019 Exhibition runs from Saturday 24 August – Sunday 1 September

An exhibition of Art and Craft by the Spey Art Group.

People and Places is the theme for our 2019 annual exhibition. Through another interesting year members have been hard at work producing original work for the summer show at The Pagoda in Grantown.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 24 August – Sunday 1 September and is open 10am-4pm each day. There will be a special open preview night on Friday 23 August 6pm-8pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be available.

This popular group meets weekly at Grantown Grammar school between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday evenings during term time. Tutoring is provided by art teacher Angus Grant and lessons cover a range of media.

Chairwoman Angela Wood said “We are all looking forward to the new exhibition, showcasing the wealth of talent within the group, this is our first year of exhibiting at the Pagoda and we are looking forward to it”.

Everyone attending the preview will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork, the winning piece will be awarded the Gordon Crisell Shield. This prize was introduced in 2016 and is named after a long standing member of the Spey Art Group who died in 2015

 

 

Oh Christmas tree…

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Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your Santas.

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Check out the group’s brilliant contribution to the Christmas Tree Festival at the Episcopal Church in Grantown. Love all the Santas!

Osprey inspiration

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News of a wee competition for you all!

It’s Year of the Osprey and organisers are looking for artwork inspired by this magnificent bird.

There’s some nice prizes available for the best works.

Get more details by clicking here: LEAFLET2FINALFORPRINT (1)

Exhibition now on!

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Our annual exhibition got its launch on Saturday night – thanks to all who came along to support the group.

As per tradition, the show is on at Grantown Museum and will run until May 5. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Mojo by Mary Hill. The 2018 winner of the Gordon Crisell Shield.
Mojo by Mary Hill. The 2018 winner of the Gordon Crisell Shield.

The quality of work this year is amazing, with a great range of subjects and media.

And big congratulations to the winner of the Gordon Crisell Shield for Best Painting – Mary Hill, for her coloured pencil drawing, Mojo. She was the winner of the public vote at Saturday’s launch.

Hope you all make it along – it’s a great exhibition. Here’s a couple of hastily snapped pictures to whet your appetite.

 

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