Sad endings and new beginnings

June Hilalgo
June Hilalgo

It is the end of an era for Gordon Forum for the Arts as June Hidalgo steps down from her role as Gordon Art Exhibition team lead after six years.

The art exhibition celebrated 20 years this year and typically attracts in the region of 400 works from artists all over Aberdeenshire.

June, who took over from the founder, Douglas Prosser, has a reputation for unrivalled organisational skills and juggling the many balls to make the annual exhibition the success that it is.

The exhibition will now be fronted by a team of three who have all been involved in the Forum for a number of years.

Marian Reid, who will mainly be in charge of hanging the works during the exhibition said: “The show will be run organically. Obviously it will change because we are not June, but we will start from the main and work forward.

“The exhibition is very well organised. It is a well-established part of the Inverurie calendar and it signifies the end of winter.”

Speaking about June’s departure, Marian continued: “June’s organisational skills, her attention to detail and her cheerful, optimistic approach to life will always be very much missed. There was only ever a solution with June, never a problem.”

Neil Russel will become responsible for sponsorship. He said: “June has been a stalwart for the enterprise and she was the ‘go-to’ person for all final decisions. Becoming one of the decision makers is a huge responsibility and quite a daunting prospect.”

The third member of the Exhibition Team, Jacqui Maconochie, who will be responsible for IT, added: “June has been a great inspiration and has left the role of team leader with an extremely well run exhibition to take forward. Marian, Neil and I work extremely well together. Having worked closely with June we know what is required to make the exhibition a success.

“We are already working on the planning stages for next year and are looking forward to it. The Gordon Art Exhibition is a great project to be involved in and an excellent community event for all ages.”

The Exhibition Team is also supported by a large number of volunteers who, along with all the artists who enter their work, make this community event the success that it is.”