Weather doesn’t hinder success of Art Exhibition

Junior Gold Award winner, Fay Van West who took the Donside Frames Trophy with her picture "Edward IV of England".
Junior Gold Award winner, Fay Van West who took the Donside Frames Trophy with her picture "Edward IV of England".

ORGANISERS have said that the Gordon Art Exhibition has been a great success this year with a vibrant display of art from across Aberdeenshire.

Even the appalling Spring weather hasn’t damped the response from artists, visitors and volunteers. This year at the exhibition there were a number of extra events “on the side” including a demonstration of I Pad painting by Liz Young, an Inverurie Artist, Graham Fyfe’s figure drawing classes and an interactive talk with Maggie Nickson, local artist and teacher. Maggie uses the display of art in the exhibition to highlight examples of form, colour use, tonal value, perspective and other artists’ techniques. One of the questions discussed was “why we are attracted by different works of art?”

The Gold Award Winner, Tina Naysmith with her "Textile Landscape".

The Gold Award Winner, Tina Naysmith with her "Textile Landscape".

Year on year the Gordon Art Exhibition continues to provide a lively first focus to the Arts season in Aberdeenshire, and organisers say that next year they will try to organise Spring weather to match!

Gold Award Wimnner Trina Naysmith trained as a primary school teacher and has recently diversified from teaching into Art and Floristry after taking part in the NEOS (North East Open Studios) event three years ago.

Having a lifelong love of art and having enthusiastically worked with an Inverurie Florist in her teens and through her twenties, Trina has become brave enough to exhibit her art in quarterly exhibitions from her home in Insch and has started taking orders for flowers for all occasions across Aberdeenshire. Being very modest and dismissive of her talents she usually underestimates her talent for both Floristry and her Art, but the Douglas Prosser Award from the Garioch Arts Forum has given her a great boost and encouraged her to get going with her next exhibition towards the end of April. Trina was delighted and very surprised by the award with a piece which displayed her love for the use of textiles, natural materials and mixed media, bark and lichen.

Trina’s family of three, complete with dog, are growing up fast and she’s now trying to use her talents to turn her hobbies into a career. It’s a real family enterprise as the home, husband, and extended family are often called upon to assist or even add to her exhibitions.