Friends gather for exhibition

WORK by the late Aboyne artist Brian Hart is on show in the village this week in an exhibition forming part of the local festival.

The annual Friends of Brian Hart exhibition is being kept going in his memory and is part of the Aboyne and Deeside Festival.

Work by a number of other artists will be featured in the exhibition, which was launched in the Victory Hall on Tuesday and runs until August 17 from 9am to 9pm.

Friends of Mr Hart, who died in a cycling accident in December last year, wanted to continue with the event. Iain Carby, Anna Sedgewick, Michael Cairncross, Anke Addy, Ian Nicholson, Myrtle Watt, David Wright, Anne Madden, Eileen Allan, Janet McEwan, Michael Zappert, Lorna Purvis, Jenny Musker, Pearl Ozanne, Scott Thompson, Robert Gray, Pip Housego, Mike Evans, Alison Ewan, Stan Fachie, Gus Abbott and Dorien van Diemen, will have pieces shown in the exhibition.

Meanwhile, an Aberdeen woman has created a tapestry interpretation of one of Mr Hart's last paintings from the series, Illuminatus. Kathleen Laird's tapestry is to be hung side-by-side with the original painting.

Miss Laird lives in the Cornerstone Community Care complex in Aberdeen. She worked closely with Mr Hart, who encouraged her to develop art skills.

She said: “I am very excited about exhibiting my first tapestry and am trying very hard to keep calm!”

Cornerstone service manager Flora Nicholson said: “After seeing some of Kathleen's tapestry pieces, Brian suggested that Kathleen interpreted one of his own paintings. He even helped her to choose the threads for the piece.

“Brian was very impressed with the end result and told Kathleen that her tapestry could sell for a substantial amount, she couldn't believe this and almost fell off her chair!”

The exhibition will also include pieces from 22 of Mr Hart's fellow artists. Earlier this year a memorial service for Mr Hart raised over 670, which his family donated to Cornerstone.

Cornerstone Community Care provides housing and supportive services to children and adults with learning disabilities and other special needs.