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Care home benefits from art show sales

By Caroline McMorran

Golspie artist Marcus Butler has won the Steve MacGruer Trophy for his “spontaneous” oil painting entitled Littleferry Farm.

The trophy is awarded annually to the exhibit judged to be the best in East Sutherland Art Society’s annual exhibition.

Mr Butler’s painting was chosen by judge Dean Melville, an art tutor who hails originally from Dornoch, at the launch of the society’ s 41st exhibition held this year for the first time at Fountain Road Hall.

Mr Melville said he liked the paintings’s “flow and the risks in the expression”.

Marcus Butler next to his winning painting.
Marcus Butler next to his winning painting.

The most popular painting, voted for by visitors to the exhibition, was an acrylic entitled Still by Jane McDonough, Latheron, who was presented with the Vic Rose bowl last Friday, the final day of the exhibition.

Jane McDonough, winner of the Vic Rose bowl.
Jane McDonough, winner of the Vic Rose bowl.

The art society has over the past few years been supporting local good causes by selling small pieces donated by members, ranging between £25 and £50,and the beneficiary this year was Golspie’s Seaforth House Resource Centre for the Elderly.

Society chairman Fraser Symonds presented a cheque toTina Mitchell, manager of Seaforth House resource centre, Golspie, and Tracey Campbell, chairwoman of the Friends of Seaforth House.

More than 50 artists entered around 250 exhibits this year in various different media. The youngest exhibitor was just 10 years of age.

Exhibition organiser and membership secretary Jennifer Mackenzie said: “The work covered a multitude of subject matter in various different media, although landscape as usual predominated.”

Lucky Squares winner was Mairi MacDonald of Golspie who takes home a painting donated by Jane McDonough. The raffle was particularly popular this year with 562 squares filled in - far in excess of the average 300 squares.

Around 900 people visited over the course of the show,

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