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Cullen Art Club show draws the crowds

By Alan Beresford

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NETHER wind nor rain could keep away the crowds when Cullen Art Club unveiled their latest annual exhibition.

It was time to travel to pastures new again when they pitched up at the McBoyle Hall in Portknockie over August 9-11 due to their traditional venue - Cullen’s Memorial Hall – being unavailable again.

A grand total of 121 pieces covering a wide range of media and subjects were proudly on show over the course of the three days, all of the works having been lovingly created by club members over the course of the preceding 12 months.

On hand to declare the exhibition officially open was Keith-Cullen councillor Theresa Coull, who was introduced by club chairwoman Myra Craig.

In addition to thanking her for opening the event, she expressed gratitude on behalf of the group to Councillor Coull for her key role in helping save Cullen Community and Residential Centre – where the art group meet and have done so since 1985 – from closure.

Councillor Coull said: “It’s absolutely lovely to be here and to be asked to open this art exhibition.

“The artists have clearly put a lot of hard work into their art on show here.

“There’s plenty of room here for them to hang their paintings so people can see and enjoy what they have done.”

Mrs Craig praised the work of club members plus the venue for this year’s exhibition.

“I’m delighted with this year’s exhibition and the McBoyle Hall has turned out to be an excellent venue for displaying the members' work,” she said.

“We’re very very grateful to Portknockie Community Association for allowing us to exhibit here and are hoping to be back in Cullen for next year’s exhibition.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who worked so hard to set up the exhibition.

“There’s a lovely selection of work again this year across a wide range of media, including oils, watercolours, pastels, acrylic and pen and ink.”

Mrs Craig added that the club were always looking to welcome new members to their weekly sessions every Tuesday in the community centre from 9am-12 noon.

There was a brisk trade in paintings across the weekend, with prints of the works on display were also available to purchase

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