In­spi­ra­tional art

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Haugh of Urr Ru­ral pres­i­dent, An­drea Irv­ing, wel­comed 20 mem­bers and in­tro­duced the speaker, Helen Ack­lam, who is a mixed me­dia artist.

Helen had started her work­ing life as an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, but had to give up work when she con­tracted ME. She later un­der­took some art cour­ses as ther­apy.

She at­tended col­lege at Ge­orge Street part-time and first gained her HNC and then pro­gressed to her HND.

Later she did a foun­da­tion de­gree at Cum­bria Col­lege. Since then she has worked from a stu­dio in her home and has been part of Spring Fling.

She has drawn much of the in­spi­ra­tion for her work from the land­scape and his­tory of Orkney and Lewis.

She loves to bring derelict cot­tages back to life in her pic­tures.

Some of her pic­tures are on can­vas, some on wa­ter­colour pa­per.

She has also made many 3D pieces from found objects and a va­ri­ety of tex­tiles.

She likes the el­e­ments in her pieces to have mean­ing and sym­bol­ism.

An­drea gave the vote of thanks for a de­light­ful and in­spir­ing talk.

The busi­ness meet­ing fol­lowed.

Com­pe­ti­tions: Pic­ture made with odds and ends - 1 El­iz­a­beth Smith; 2 Caro­line Barnard; 3 Mar­garet Hart.

Three tat­tie scones: 1 Su­san Smith; 2 An­drea Irv­ing; 3 Caro­line Barnard.

Flower of the month: 1 Su­san Smith; 2 Liz Green; 3 Mar­ion Gourlay; 4 Kate Kirk­patrick.

An­drea closed the meet­ing by thank­ing the hostesses for an in­ter­est­ing sup­per.

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