Artistic talent on show in Inverurie

Karen Meldrum's parents Gordon and Renee pictured with Janet Hoper  from the Gordon Forum for the Arts and the Peoples Prize winning mixed media "The Granite Mile"
Karen Meldrum's parents Gordon and Renee pictured with Janet Hoper from the Gordon Forum for the Arts and the Peoples Prize winning mixed media "The Granite Mile"
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Gordon Forum for the Arts held their 24th annual Art Exhibition in Inverurie Town Hall last week.

On display were artworks in all mediums from across Aberdeenshire and this year’s Peoples Prize, voted for by visitors to the exhibition, was awarded to “The Granite Mile” by local artist Karen Meldrum.

Karen is currently finalising her studies to become an art teacher so was unable to accept the award, but her proud parents stepped in to do the honours.

Karen was educated at Inverurie Academy then went to Aberdeen College for a one year course in Art. She studied at Grays School of Art gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art, Painting.

She had a most successful conclusion to her Degree Show, winning the Royal Scottish Academy “Pillans and Waddies” Prize and also the BP Fine Art Award.

Her work has been represented at further exhibitions at The Royal Scottish Academy, Leith Galleries in Edinburgh and the Aberdeen Art Gallery Annual Exhibition.

2015 Award Winners:

Douglas Prosser Gold Award: Chris McIntosh for Wildflower Meadow; June Hidalgo Silver Award: Rebecca Patterson for From Dusk Till Dawn; Gordon Forum Bronze Award: Maria Ponte for Crabapples; Commended: Lesley McKenzie for Two for Joy

Donside Frames Trophy and Gold Award: Isabelle Roberts-Haritonov for My Tree; Under 16 Silver Award: Bente van West for Twit too; Under 16 Bronze Award: James McIntosh for Three Masted Ship; Commended: Connor Urquhart for Hungry Carp; Commended: Ben Girdwood for Titanic.

Hughes Macdonald and Davidson: Anne Emslie for Moo & Moosie; Inverurie Dental Surgery: Roselyne O’Neill for Through the Mists; Jennifer-Jane Stained Glass: Pearl Acton for Pink Gable, Crovie; Tartan Touch: Barbara Mcpherson for Skimming the Waves; Donside Frames: Liz Young for New York Halloween; Butterfly Fabrics: Rebecca Patterson for The Owl and the Pussycat Came to See; Garioch Blinds: Jamie Cameron for Inverurie Town Hall; Gibbs Gentlemen’s Outfitters: Tracey Swift for Lady in Orange.