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Dr Bill Hossack's art collection goes on sale for Friends of Chalmers Hospital in Banff


By Chris Saunderson

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THE memory of a much-loved and respected GP who was also an accomplished artist will be honoured with the sale of his art collection in aid of the Friends of Chalmers Hospital in Banff.

Dr Bill Hossack was a popular GP and a talented artist and musician. Picture: Andrew Taylor
Dr Bill Hossack was a popular GP and a talented artist and musician. Picture: Andrew Taylor

The family of Dr Bill Hossack have donated 200 items, the vast majority his own watercolours and sketches.

The sale will take place in Banff Parish Church Hall on October 20, 21 and 22.

Janet Anderson, chairwoman of the Friends of Chalmers Hospital, said: “Bill was a very talented artist.

“He was involved in many local organisations and was well-liked by all.”

“Friends of Chalmers Hospital feel privileged to have been bequeathed his art collection for local sale in aid of their charitable purposes.”

Macduff-born Dr Hossack, who died last December aged 92,
had been a local GP for 34 years from 1956. He was a founder member of the Friends of Chalmers Hospital in 1989, a year before he retired.

“The Chalmers Hospital was very much part of Bill’s working day,” added Janet.

One of Dr Bill Hossack's watercolours which will be on sale this weekend.
One of Dr Bill Hossack's watercolours which will be on sale this weekend.

“We are hoping the sale will raise an incredible amount. It was the family’s idea and we are extremely grateful to them.

This collection will be exhibited in Banff Parish Church Hall on Thursday (October 20) and Friday (October 21) from 10am to 8pm, and on Saturday (October 22) from 10am to 4pm.

A group from the Deveron Singers will be singing his favourite songs and some jazz songs from 10.30am to noon on Saturday at the exhibition and sale.

Bill joined the Deveron Singers in the 1990s after he retired and went on to become their president. He was very musical and played several instruments and learnt to play the saxophone so that he could play jazz.

Bill exhibited his paintings at the Banff and Cumminstown Art Exhibitions.

Apart from being a talented artist and musician, Bill was also a great photographer.

He was also medic for the local lifeboat for many years.

Bill, front row on the right, with the Deveron Singers. Picture: Andrew Taylor
Bill, front row on the right, with the Deveron Singers. Picture: Andrew Taylor

Janet said he was proud of all his family and particularly delighted when one of his granddaughters went to medical school.

Janet thanked Banff Art Club for its help in arranging the sale of art.

Most are Bill’s own works but some collected by him of other artists.

Full details of the sale with an image of each of the paintings and sketches has been prepared and can be downloaded from https://tinyurl.com/58w2pc6n as a low-resolution pdf or a high-quality hard copy catalogues is available at a price of £4 (plus postage if applicable). Please email drhossackartsale@gmail.com to request a printed copy.

Most of the pictures are for sale at a fixed price – starting from £10 to £500 reflecting their quality.

These can be purchased at the exhibition or from 10am on Thursday, October 20 via email drhossackartsale@gmail.com

No sale will be complete until funds have been received.


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