Hundreds head to NEOS exhibitions around Ellon

Jewellery on display at the exhibtion
Jewellery on display at the exhibtion
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Many groups across Ellon displayed exhibitions last week as part of this year’s North East Open Studios (NEOS).

Riverview Krafty Art Group showed ‘Art in the Garden’, while the Inverythan Crafters worked to a ‘Four Seasons’ theme.

Various paintings on display at the Four Seasons exhibition for NEOS by the Inverythan Crafters

Various paintings on display at the Four Seasons exhibition for NEOS by the Inverythan Crafters

‘Art in the Garden’ was displayed in the group chairman Barrie Seddon’s house and back garden.

Meanwhile ‘The Four Seasons’ was staged out of the Mental Health Aberdeen’s Inverythan Community Support Service. Riverview Krafty Art Group recorded 125 visitors through their doors over the six days.

Group chairman Barrie Seddon said: “Visitors were a mixture of from very local to further afield in Aberdeenshire and Moray. We also had a family of visitors from Canada, East Yorkshire and Edinburgh.

“A selection of the visitor write-up comments included ‘very welcoming, excellent art’, ‘excellent as usual’, ‘inspiring art work, lovely garden’. Many more comments were placed in the comment book in this mode.”

The best selling items at the exhibition included greeting cards, pyrographed gift boxes and quotes, 
and jewellery.

An 8-year-old boy attempted acrylic painting for the first time and his proud grandad went back the following day to collect his grandson’s work after it had completely dried.

Barrie added: “He said that his grandson had wanted to paint that night and they gave him paper to paint on as they were so proud of what he had done at our demonstration session - obviously an artist of the future.

“Visitors are reminded that in their NEOS catalogue they are asked to make a return comment on the NEOS website on their visits. They are encouraged to do this by the offer of a draw prize.”