In Colourful Company
24 May to 21 June
We are delighted to invite friends to join us at the Private View of Catriona Millar In Colourful Company on Sunday 24 May from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
Enjoy the opportunity to view a Solo Exhibition by Catriona Millar along with a collection of paintings by eight exceptional Scottish artists known for their colour: Carol Dewart, Jackie Gardiner, James Harrigan, Amaryllis Johnston, Jennifer Mackenzie, Jacqueline Orr RSW, James Orr and Marion Thomson. Scottish artists are renowned for their colour and these artists all display an acute colour sense.
Catriona Millar is one of Scotland’s most collectable artists. In 2012 she relocated to East Sussex, so we are delighted to be hosting the first body of her work to be shown in Scotland since she moved.
“Up close the viewer is tempted to reach out and touch the canvas, so packed is it with paint. While this might be seen as simply a preferred painting technique, the depth of character and subtle nuances of narrative that Catriona Millar achieves is what sets her figurative work apart from anything else you’ll see.”
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All work will be on the gallery website tolquhon-gallery.co.uk shortly before the exhibition opens next week.
Joan and Danny Ross
From the Ellon Times /Inverurie Herald
Susan Burgess, property manager and head gardener, said everyone had been working hard to get the popular attraction into shape.
She explained: “We are particularly excited to unveil our new orchard which visitors can access from the walled garden.
“The orchard has been in the planning stage for several years but last autumn the gardeners set about planting more than 200 trees and fruit bushes in a one acre former grazing paddock.
“It’s not every day you get to create an orchard with apples, pears, cherries, currants, rhubarb and even cob nuts and filberts to name but a few.
“More than 20 staff and volunteers have been involved in this project.”
She explained that the orchard will take several years to reach maturity but they were looking forward to being able to harvest and sell the produce which will contribute to the garden’s financial stability.
Jim McColl, from the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden, officially opened the orchard. He has had a long association with Pitmedden and is patron of the newly-formed Friends of Pitmedden Garden group.
A Pitmedden woman has raised a further £2,000 for an autism charity by knitting.
June Filby has taken in £12,000 over the last five years by knitting scarves, hats, toys, tea cosies and cushions on behalf of her daughter Ruth Glynne-Owen’s charity Speur-Ghlan.
Based in Bridge of Allan but active across Scotland, Speur-Ghlan (Gaelic for blue skies) delivers early therapeutic intervention for young children diagnosed with autism or developmental delays.
The charity was founded in 2010 by Ruth and is the country’s first specialist early intervention therapy service for preschool children experiencing key developmental and milestone delays, using play and music-based therapy sessions.
June said: “Speur-Ghlan has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of families across the country. Given it’s a charity, it solely relies on funding from organisations, companies and individuals.
“I’ve been busy knitting for five years and the support I’ve received from the local communities around Pitmedden and Ellon has been fantastic.
“It’s nice when I see many locals, adult and children sporting my creations.”
June’s knitting is on sale in Ellon’s Gallery Coffee Shop, Pitmedden Church cafe, local craft sales and local music festivals.
Bonnyton String Quartet – 9th May 2015
The Bonnyton String Quartet is re-formed for a concert to count down towards the Annual Pitmedden Music Festival in Udny. Friday 8th of May in Pitmedden Church to listen to a selection from Dvorak, Haydn, Corelli and Bach. Just £5 and children under 12 free. Refreshments available after the concert.