An initiative to form a link between two Angus artists and ENABLE Scotland got off to a flying start with the recent launch of a new gallery in the Angus Glens.
Jack and Marion MacDonald have reopened what used to be their photographic studio as an art gallery to display their artworks and have pledged to contribute a quarter of their income from sales to ENABLE Scotland - and specifically to Darling’s Coffee Shop in Arbroath.
The coffee house – set up as a social enterprise by the leading charity for people with learning disabilities in Scotland - is dedicated to providing training and employability opportunities for young people with learning disabilities.
A recent private exhibition to launch Jack and Marion’s gallery, The Byre Studio, raised a fabulous £560 for ENABLE Scotland and Darling’s.
Since they retired five years ago from their nationally acclaimed photographic business, painting has become a passion for Jack and Marion.
Many of Jack’s limited edition canvases are in private collections throughout the UK and abroad and Marion’s paintings are gaining a reputation through their other gallery at Currie & Co in Kirriemuir, and as a regular overall winner of the art competition at SWRI’s annual Angus Federation Show.
The connection was made with Darling’s when Jack’s work attracted the eye of a member of staff and he was invited to display a small selection of his limited edition artworks in the coffee shop together with his handmade luxury greetings cards.
The artists then became more aware of the wonderful work that was happening within the small Angus social enterprise and a more ambitious plan arose in the MacDonald’s fertile imaginations.
Jack said: “We wanted to contribute to the Angus community in some practical way.
“Marion and I are in our mid seventies now and needed an exciting project which we would enjoy. The association with ENABLE Scotland was the perfect fit.”
Marion added: “We’d love to see old friends, acquaintances and other interested folk relax over a cup of coffee and maybe buy a painting or a greetings card knowing that part of their purchase is going to such a good cause.”
The 300-year-old stone-roofed byre is situated at East Kinclune.