Appetite for art at The Meffan

THE latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar is by The Artists’ Lunch, a group of well known professional artists from Angus, Fife and Dundee.

The exhibition, entitled ‘An Appetite for Art’ features an array of colourful and diverse work.

The members of the group work in a wide variety of media such as print-making, watercolour, oil, acrylic and pastels and encompass a comprehensive range of subject matter and artistic styles.

Founded about twenty years ago, the Artists’ Lunch was the brainchild of the late Lil Neilson, a distinguished painter, and printmaker Sheila Macfarlane.

The name ‘Artists’ Lunch’ was Lil’s brainchild, as meetings tended to be held on a Sunday in artists’ homes, where food and conviviality were combined with the business of discussing work and arranging exhibitions.

Another early founder member was printmaker Barbara Robertson, who is the present chairman of the group.

Printmaking played an important role in the formation of the group, as early members met up in the old Print Workshop in Dundee’s Seagate.

Several of the present membership of around 20 artists are keen printmakers as well as painters, and make use of the printmaking facilities at the DCA in Dundee.

Allan Beveridge, Elizabeth Shepherd, Eugen Jarych, Dawson Murray, John Johnstone, Margaret MacLeod and Ruth Walker have all been, or are presently, members there.

Artists’ Lunch members come from both sides of the Tay, and from Dundee itself, which is home to Pat Edgar and Liz McCarthy.

Angus members include Meg and Lawrie Harris, Tam Barber and Mike Turpie.

Members that are based in Fife include Jim Barclay, Anne d’Espremenil, Rufus McKidd and Liz Murray.

Many of the artists involved in this exhibition have shown widely throughout the country and their work is held in both public and private collections.

The exhibition opened to the public last Saturday and runs until Saturday, July 30 - admission free.

The Meffan is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.