Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Superstars at Saltcoats Heritage Centre

Most Cunninghame Art Club annual exhibitions have a superstar or two hanging on the wall.  I remember seeing a very impressive Willie Nelson last year.  This summer's exhibition also had a few stars on display.

The first work that greeted us was a Raymond Guffie acrylic portrait of Bob Dylan.  We also had the great Tom Jones, Rocky Balboa and Sex Pistols' front man, John Lydon.  All so different in styles, as was their personalities in real life.

The real stars though were the artist who created these marvellous works.  Well done to you.  The portraits were well admired.

Local art lovers were indeed spoilt for choice this year.  We had local scenes and landmarks in various mediums.  We had exotic views, abstract work, mixed medium, figures, portraits, pencil drawings, pen and ink, . . . the list goes on.

There were 10 items of work sold over the course of the week.  A list of the artists and titles of their work will appear at the end of this blog.

So, once again, well done to all the artists.  You can now all look once more at today's blog headline and attribute the 'Superstars' tag to yourselves.  Thank you also to all the volunteers who gave up their free time to provide stewardship during the week.  I am writing this with a red face, as other obligations prevented me from taking my turn.  Hopefully that will not be the case next year.

Here are some more pictures of the excellent work that was on display.

A little more info about future blogs/newsletters.  The committee has almost completed a list of demonstrating artists for our new season.  Please continue to look in here from time to time, because it is here that you will be able to read all about upcoming demonstrators.  There will also be links here to their websites if they have one.

I also hope to provide a report and some photographs for each demo night.  You can play your part too.  My email address is always up there on the header, so please feel free to get in touch.

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Now, as promised, here is a list of all the artists who sold work during the exhibition . . .

Marian Black:  Dollar tree
Margaret Bratchie:  One for the road
Mary A Gillan:  Tulips
Helen Irving:  Autumn sundown near Portencross
Agnes C Morrice:  North shore, Ardrossan
Brian Morrison:  Claire
Tom Rutherford:  Hebridean hideaway
Sharon Smith:  Sunset Ardrossan
Doug Stonelake:  Largs landmark
Doug Stonelake:  Wee Cumbrae ferry

Friday, 10 August 2012

2012 art exhibition opening night

A treat was in store for all who attended the opening night of the club's 2012 exhibition at the Heritage centre in Saltcoats.  Not only did we enjoy excellent wine and nibbles, we were mesmerised by all the beautiful works of art that our members have submitted.  There is a lot of artistic talent in North Ayrshire!

I took some pictures of the work on display on the night, but I think I will add it gradually over the coming weeks to this blog.  Look out for your own painting.

The exhibition was officially opened by ex boxer, Jim Montgomerie.  Jim, who is also known as 'The running kilt' due to his many jaunts around the planet, running marathons for charities, gave a short speech before declaring the exhibition officially opened.
He also selected one painting for the raffle.  For this he told the assembled audience about an experience that he had whilst visiting Africa for a marathon.
He happened upon a local lady who didn't see him approaching.  The painting that he chose, a work by Janie P Macgregor called 'Going Home' made, as Jim put it, 'The hairs on my neck stand erect'.

The scene was an exact replica of the situation he found himself in on that day, with the female retreating and running up the steps because her face had been looked upon by a stranger.

The opening night was a great success - and I am hoping to add some good news on sales in next week's blog.  In the meantime, please enjoy some more photographs from the night. . .

Hope you have enjoyed our first blog.  Please send me any material that you wish added to future blogs to the email address at the top of the page.

Happy painting!

Sunday, 5 August 2012


Welcome to the world of blogging.  This is the official New Cunninghame Art Club's blog.  It is easily accessible to all members, just add this Link to your favourites.

I am Brian Morrison and I will be the author of the Club's blog, which is going to be a sort of newsletter about all that is going on within the club throughout the year.  I already have some photographs from the exhibition opening night, which will be posted here soon, along with a report on how the exhibition was attended and how successful things were with sales etc.

I also hope to keep members up to date with demo night reports and photographs.  If you liked what you have seen at a demo night, pop in here and read about the artist and view the photographs taken on the night.  I would also like to share your views here on anything to do with the club.  Just let me know what you wish to be added to the blog and I will endeavour to display it here.

I am sure that this will be a valuable addition to the club and it is only a click away.

Best Wishes