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)

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!



Sharp focus on Grantown

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The Grantown 250 celebrations of last year are back this summer, with a schedule of fun events.

Among them is a photography competition focussing on the architectural heritage of Grantown.

There are prizes in three categories – Under 16s, 16-24 and 25+.

Anyone with a camera (or a mobile phone!) can enter – the emphasis is on creativity and depicting the built features of Grantown in an interesting way.

Images must be taken in 2016 in or around Grantown, showing a building or other architecture.

Entries, which cost £3 each, have to be submitted by the end of May.

Posters with more information can be seen around the town or you can contact the organiser of the Grantown 250 extravaganza, Bill Sadler at

And the winner is…

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The results are in from our logo competition!

Louise Jones, of Cairngorm Futures, was very impressed with the standard of entries.

She picked out a winner, plus a second and third place, and a highly commended design.

In reverse order…(drum roll please)

Third (and also highly commended) was Viv Anderson, second was Norma Polson and first… massive congratulations to Angela Wood, whose inspired use of a fish as a paint palette clinched the prize.

Angus is now working to make Angela’s design into a digital file. The logo will be used on all of our publicity material, including exhibition posters, an introductory leaflet for new members and on our websites.

Watch this space!


It’s competition time!

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coloured pencils

Dear members,

As promised, here are details of our new logo design competition! Top arty prizes are available to be won!

We are renewing the logo to make it easier to reproduce on branded items and for advertisements. For that reason, it is important that your design is clean and simple. It would be best to work in blocks of colour – using simple shapes will make the image easier to print or embroider. Strong, simple shapes also allow the logo to be nicely reproduced in black and white or colour.

Pens, coloured pencils, coloured paper in collage, acrylic or gouache (in blocks of colour) will work well.

Blended paint, textural brushstrokes, pastel and sketchy drawing will be tricky to translate into a workable logo.

I’ll chat a bit about the competition this week – it’s a tutoring night so you could start work on your ideas.

Entries should be handed in to Angus by March 16.

I don’t want to be too prescriptive in the brief but if you’re stuck it might be good to include images from the national park, the Spey itself, or paintbrushes and general arty things.

The best three designs – judged anonymously by digital business expert Louise Jones, of Cairngorm Futures – will win prizes including art materials and Spey Art Group products with your own logo proudly emblazoned upon them!

The winning design will then be made into a digital image by me.

Best of luck!


The Big Draw!

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Series of competitions and events, sponsored by ‘greatart’ started already but ongoing. for more information visit The Big Draw. The theme this year is ‘every picture tells a story’.

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