Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists

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.


Summer learning

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Our counterparts in the Society of Badneoch and Strathspey Artists are holding a week of free art classes in the Iona Gallery in Kingussie.

Subjects on offer include acrylic and watercolour painting, felting and weaving. And there’s even a class teaching how to make “fauxidermy” – needle felting to make a fake animal head trophy.

Organisers are trying to get an idea of numbers interested so they can ensure that there is enough material and equipment to go round and spaces in some classes may be limited.

Best of all, it’s in the school holidays so if you’re babysitting or have some children to entertain, this could be a welcome addition to the schedule. But children must be accompanied by an adult.

The climax of the event is a big exhibition of all the work created during the week

Anyone looking for more information should contact:

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The Iona Gallery

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Hope you’re all enjoying the summer.

Our counterparts at the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists start their summer exhibition from July 30. This is always a very busy show and well worth a trip down the road to Kingussie. See the poster below for opening times. the preview is on July 29, from 7pm-9pm.

As usual the work will be on display in the Iona Gallery – a wonderful space to see artwork.

As an added bonus, local artist Dave Fallows, who is also a Highland Councillor, will be showing his work in the Small Gallery at the Iona.


Three reasons to venture down the valley this month

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The Iona Gallery is a busy place this month with some new exhibitions starting, giving you three good reasons to visit.

 1 – In the main gallery, there is a celebration of 25 years of the Quilters Guild. Below is a beautiful example of the type of work you can expect to see.

The quilts will be on display until April 30.

2 – The small gallery will feature paintings and mixed media work by local artist Pat Hughes.She is the first of the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists to have their work hung in the gallery’s rolling programme of exhibits in this unique space. PAt’s work will be featured from April 4-9.

3 – Well-kent Grantown woman, Marie-Louise Napier, will show off another side to her creativity. Known best for her musical talents, Marie-Louise’s paintings will be on display from April 11-23.



Art classes in Badenoch and Strathspey

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The Cairngorms by Angus Grant

Our counterparts down the valley – the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists – have a few arty workshops on offer in the next few months.

The first is ‘Object and Memory’ led by Eleanor White, of Bridge House Art, Ullapool. It will explore everyday objects and consider the stories that they tell. This course, costing £75, runs over two days:

  • Friday April 22 – 7pm-9pm, and
  • Saturday April 23 – 10am-4pm

Get more information by clicking here.

The second is ‘Painting on Location’ with local artist Dan Cottam. He will teach a number of techniques for oil and acrylics landscape painting. This class will take place on May 7 at Loch Insh Watersports from 10am-4pm.Price – £55. Get more by clicking here.

And the third, which is also taught by Dan, is a life drawing class at the Iona Gallery. You’ll learn how to draw the human form, including lessons on composition and proportion. Get more information on the course by clicking here.

They’re being organised through the Cairngorms Learning Partnership. Even if you don’t fancy these ones, the CLP has a range of crafty workshops, all taught by local experts. Even our very own tutor, Angus Grant, is taking part. He’s teaching a felt-making workshop on March 19.