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.