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Art Society of Inverness summer show online – until Hogmanay


By Neil MacPhail

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The President's Prize went to Margaret Cowie with Daffodils and Fruit.
The President's Prize went to Margaret Cowie with Daffodils and Fruit.

The annual summer exhibition and sale by Inverness Art Society was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Normally a highlight of the Highlands' visual arts year, with Inverness Town House providing the glittering setting for the show, the event showcases the work of artists from the city and its surrounds.

It has been held annually for 75 years and the society had been hoping to find a suitable venue that would allow the tradition to be continued, but coronavirus made this impossible.

Undaunted, the Art Society of Inverness was determined the show would go on, and their big event is now taking place – but only until December 31.

The exhibition has more than 190 works available to view with most also for sale direct from the local amateur and professional artists. It can be found at www.artinverness.com/index.asp

Meg Milne's Tides won the Marion Bennie Prize.
Meg Milne's Tides won the Marion Bennie Prize.

As an added bonus, the society is not adding commission charges so potential buyers are sure to get the best price.

Committee member Kevin O’Neill said: “Despite the difficulties imposed by the Covid crisis, or maybe even because of them, artists have been exceptionally creative this

year and have produced many exciting new works.”

Society president Liz Hoey said: “We were determined that the show would go on.

“We were fortunate that one of our members, Bob Peckham, has the skills to put the works online and we are very grateful to him for shouldering this.

The Ring of Brodgar earned Most Improved Artist for David Brown.
The Ring of Brodgar earned Most Improved Artist for David Brown.

“Getting the show on despite everything has really encouraged the members. Normally we would be busy with face-to-face workshops and tuition, but one of our professional artists, Jonathan Shearer, has managed to run online tuition, which has been really well received.”

Three prizewinners with artwork in the exhibition are Meg Milne who won the Marion Bennie Prize with Tides, Margaret Cowie, who scooped the President’s Prize with Daffodils and Fruit, and David Brown, who was named most improved artist thanks to The Ring of Brodgar.



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