Local artists join together for Whitehills exhibition

The six artists are pictured at the launch of their exhibition at the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar.

The six artists are pictured at the launch of their exhibition at the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar.

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Patients, staff and visitors at Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre in Forfar are currently enjoying a new art exhibition showcasing the works of six locally-based artists.

Running throughout April and May, the exhibition features works by Vicki Hepburn, Angela Hamper, Lady Jacqueline Mackie, Gail Renwick, Mabel Galloway and Shona Barr.

Between them they have travelled, worked and exhibited their work across the UK and the globe.

The exhibition features something for everyone with a variety of original paintings with a mixture of subjects including botanics, agriculture, landscapes and abstract work in watercolour, oil, acrylic and collage.

A retired architect and resident in the Forfar area for almost 60 years, Mabel Galloway enjoys painting with watercolours. Her favourite subjects are flowers and landscapes. She has exhibited her work in Dunkeld, Montrose, the Meffan Gallery in Forfar and the Kinblethmont Gallery near Arbroath.

Shona Barr’s artwork is inspired by her love of the natural environment, man’s interaction with it and the effects of the changing seasons and the farming year.

While an agricultural theme runs through her Angus paintings, the wilder landscapes of the north west Highlands are also favourite subjects.

Having originally worked in veterinary practice, Shona rediscovered a long held interest in art during recovery from chronic ME and attained an HNC in fine Art at Dundee College in 2006.

Angela Hamper has taught in high schools and secondary schools in Scotland, England and Nassau in the Bahamas, She is employed as a visiting teacher of art in primary schools in Angus and Dundee.

She has exhibited in oils in U.K. and abroad and her etchings vary from the representational to the abstract.

Lady Mackie was born in France and was educated there during the German occupation.

On marrying a Scot she moved to Scotland and in the 1970s became aware of the beauty of the elements in the north of Scotland.

She has exhibited her work at local galleries as well as the National Gallery in Edinburgh and Dunkeld Cathedral.

Vicki Hepburn attended a foundation course at Dundee College, attained an A level Art and completed a two-year, part time HNC Fine Art course.

She enjoys working in watercolour, acrylic and oil as well as mixed media and collage. Recently she has experimented with mosaics and loves the jewel-like effect. She is influenced by the Scottish colourists and the Angus countryside.

Gail Renwick loves to paint nature in all its forms. She is self-taught and is constantly trying out new techniques and looking for inspiration in the countryside around us.

Exhibitions at Whitehills are changed every eight weeks and the majority of the artworks are for sale, with each artist donating 20 per cent commission on all sales to the Whitehills Arts & Environment Fund. All money raised is used to enhance the Whitehills environment.

Situated in the main corridor, the gallery has provided space for many local artists to show their work and the public are invited to pop in and view this new exhibition.