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New exhibition by Ian McCubbin

August 8th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

PAA Member Ian McCubbin has a forthcoming exhibition of his airart and landscape paintings showing in the Café Foyer at Birnam Arts.

The exhibition is scheduled for later this month into September – keep an eye on the Birnam Arts website for further details – and all best wishes to Ian for a successful show.

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PAA Member Bill Phillips in running for National Art Competition success

August 8th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

We are delighted to let you know that a fellow member, Bill Phillips, who attends our Wednesday morning classes, has had his painting of an oak leaf short-listed in the National Open Art Competition.   This is a tremendous accolade for him.   His painting is now part of a World Art Vote and if you wish you could support him by clicking on the link below and voting for him.

The next judging will take place in Chichester and, if successful, Bill’s painting could be part of an exhibition in the Oxo Tower in London.

We wish him the very best of luck.
If you know anyone who is not on email but might like to support Bill by voting for his entry, please would you spread the word.

http://www.nationalopenart.org/gallery2.php?as=1&Oak-leaf-19185

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The Perthshire Art Association Award 2017

July 31st, 2017 by Robin Rodger

We are delighted to announce BRUCE SHAW as the winner of The Perthshire Art Association Award 2017.

Born in Perth, Bruce worked in industry before turning to art and graduated as a mature student from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, in 2009. A pair of etched prints of Scottish mountainous landscape clinched the prize for Bruce at the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open Exhibition, which opened on 21 July.

The cash prize is designed to assist the winner in preparing work for the Association’s Annual Exhibition, in which they will feature as our invited artist.

For the second year running the Award has been generously enhanced by the Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust. We are extremely grateful to the Trustees for their support of this initiative and look forward to seeing Bruce’s work hanging in December.

The Perthshire Art Association Annual Award was instituted in 2016 with Gray’s School of Art graduate Laura Porteous from Scone being the inaugural winner.

The PAA Annual Exhibition will be held in Perth Museum and Art Gallery from 1-16 December 2017.

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Ian Cuthbert Imrie – new publication

July 16th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

Long-standing PAA member Ian Cuthbert Imrie has announced the publication of an A5 book featuring a collection of paintings and drawings which he has produced on the theme of indigenous Native American people and their culture.

The collection off 20 drawings and 4 oil paintings has been produced to celebrate the well-known artist’s recent 79th birthday.

Copies of Ian’s book can be obtained direct from the artist by telephoning 01738 812423 or by e-mailing mail@iancuthbertimrie.com

 

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Major Award for PAA Member Claire Harkess RSW

July 16th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards……..And the winners are…

PRESS RELEASE
Stunning watercolour walrus scoops £10,000 wildlife art prize for Scottish artist Claire Harkess

Wildlife Artist of the Year winner

 

It was a wonderful night for wildlife as our 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition opened with a private view and awards evening at the Mall Galleries in London on Tuesday 27 June. The breath-taking collection of works that celebrate and champion endangered species is a stunning and stark reminder of how much we could lose if we do not protect the natural world and its wildlife.

“The faces of various different endangered species gaze off the wall, their eyes front-and-centre, piercing right through you. All around the room, pairs of vibrant eyeballs demand your attention. Together, they create a powerful and sobering effect,” wrote Chris Fitch in his review in Geographical Magazine

Selecting winners from this beautiful collection was not an easy task but the judges were unanimous and it was Claire Harkess’ watercolour entitled ‘Walrus of MagdeleneFjord I’ (pictured above) that stole their hearts. The work not only took the Wildlife Artist of the Year title but was independently selected by editor of The Artist Magazine, Dr Sally Bulgin, as her winner too.

“Watercolour is a difficult medium to master but Claire Harkess has expressed the qualities beautifully with an economy of colour to create a very understated but powerful work,” said Dr Bulgin.

“The winning artists came from across the UK and around the world with many attending the event last night from South Africa and Australia. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the artists, sponsors, judges and buyers who help make this such a special occasion for wildlife,” said DSWF’s Sally Case.

As the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundations’ (DSWF) 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year – Claire Harkess received the £10,000 top prize and, as winner of  The Artist Magazine, editors choice award, will be featured in an edition of the magazine this autumn.

Commenting on the winning piece the judges said: “Despite the softness of the painting it captures the weight and character of the animal and a real sense of place.”

Out of communication until Thursday, Claire returned home to a string of messages and was worried that perhaps her work had arrived damaged at the gallery. “What a great surprise. It is a huge honour to receive the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year and ‘The Artist Magazine’ award. Wildlife conservation is crucial. To be able to highlight this through making art is a great way of keeping it in the spotlight, raising awareness and allowing us to marvel at the wonders around us. Many thanks to all the judges.” she said.

Claire grew up on the West Coast of Scotland and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1993. Wildlife and the Natural World are predominant in her work and since being Artist-in-Residence at Edinburgh Zoo in 1998 she has travelled extensively, gathering material for her paintings – Antarctica, The Galápagos Islands, Australia, the Caribbean, St Kilda, Kenya and India. An elected member of RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour) she exhibits widely throughout the UK. In 2011 Claire was Overall Runner-up in WAY competition. She currently lives and works in Perth, Scotland.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2017, the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition brings together the world’s best wildlife artists exploring seven exciting categories. From Earth’s Beautiful Creatures to Urban Wildlife more than 130 original works challenge preconceptions of wildlife art.

 

The Perthshire Art Association is delighted to add its congratulations to Claire on this latest recognition of her exceptional talents.

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Perth Artistic Hub – Public Consultation

July 16th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

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City of Culture 2021 Shortleet

July 16th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

The Perthshire Art Association joins in the disappointment that Perth has failed to make the shortleet for the UK City of Culture 2021.

Although Perth failed to make the last 5, local politicians have been quick to stress the positive outcomes of what they regard as a strong bid. A number of key initiatives on the Cultural front have already been announced by Perth and Kinross Council and its partners, which will proceed regardless of the outcome of the City of Culture bid.

 

The PAA looks forward to seeing these progressing as planned. The schemes  include the refurbishment of Perth Museum and Art Gallery; the Creation of an Artistic Hub in the former St Johns Primary School (see separate page) and the creation of a new cultural facility in the former Perth City Hall.

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New Exhibition by Claire Harkess RSW

May 19th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

PAA Member Claire Harkess is currently showing new works in a one-person exhibition at The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan. Claire’s exhibition opened on the 13th of May and runs until the 17th of June 2017.

The Fotheringham Gallery, 78 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, by Stirling, FK9 4HS

gallery hours mon-sat 10am – 4.30m  

Enquiries :

Tel:  01786 832861
E: info@fotheringham-gallery.co.uk

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PAA Festival Exhibition

May 19th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

The Perthshire Art Association returns to the North Church Hall, High Street, Perth, for its 2017 Perth Festival Exhibition on Saturday 20th May (10.00am to 5.00pm) and Sunday 21st May (12 noon to 5.00pm). Most works are for sale.

The Church Hall can be entered via the arched pend in High Street a short distance up from Sainsbury’s, or via Mill Street by the gate at the side of the North Church.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Annual General Meeting

March 5th, 2017 by Robin Rodger

A reminder that this year’s AGM tales place in Perth Museum and Art Gallery at 7.30pm on Thursday 13th April 2017.

Nominations for the vacant posts of Secretary; Membership Secretary and Exhibitions Secretary should be lodged with Cynthia Mitchell in advance of the meeting.

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