Acclaimed artist and Kirkintilloch native Dick Stevenson and his daughter Jackie Stevenson, a renowned artist in her own right, have been announced as the judging panel for this year’s Annual Art Exhibition at Auld Kirk Museum.
Dick Stevenson set up the annual event in 1970 as a way of showcasing the work of local amateur and professional artists but has never judged the event before. In the years since it was launched, the exhibition has grown from a small competition in Mr Stevenson’s small Townhead gallery, into a highlight on the cultural calendar.
This year’s show, which launches with an official opening and prize-giving on Saturday 11 August, will feature the work of 90 artists from Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Lenzie and the Campsie area. Prizes include a Civic prize and the Anne Stevenson memorial prize named in honour of Mr Stevenson’s late first wife and Jackie’s mother.
Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said, “Congratulations to all the local artists who have contributed to this excellent exhibition. The breadth of work on show this year is of a very high calibre. As well as art lovers from the local area, the event continues to attract purchasers and visitors from further afield. It offers a great opportunity to purchase an original and unique piece of art.”
EDLC Trust Chair Sandy Marshall added, “We are delighted that Dick Stevenson and his daughter Jackie Stevenson will be judging this year’s exhibition. Mr Stevenson is well-known throughout the area and visitors to the new Town Hall in Kirkintilloch will be familiar with his watercolour which hangs there and portrays the building in the 1960s.
“It is also an honour to welcome Jackie Stevenson, whose own work has been exhibited around the UK including at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in London.”
An official opening and prize-giving ceremony will take place at 2pm on Saturday 11 August and all are welcome to attend. Tea and cakes will be provided by Torrance-based Fairy Glen Teas and music will be provided by local band Willow Moon.
The 48th Annual Art Exhibition runs from August 11 to September 13 at the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-1pm; 2-5pm. For more information, call 0141 777 3013 or visit www.edlc.co.uk
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