Is­land ex­hi­bi­tion puts Gigha in the frame

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FOUR Ayr­shire artists are hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of their work on Gigha next month.

San­dra Rat­cliffe, Gillian Park, Brid­get Hunter and Irene Walker spent a week last sum­mer paint­ing on the is­land, and their work is re­turn­ing with them for the open­ing of the twom­onth ex­hi­bi­tion on Au­gust 6.

Around 30 oil, wa­ter­colour and acrylic paint­ings will re­flect the beauty of Gigha – the white beaches, turquoise wa­ters and stun­ning wild plant life.

Rothe­say-born San­dra Rat­cliffe, who has had two solo ex­hi­bi­tions on the is­land, said: ‘I love Gigha and have painted there for sev­eral years. I raved about it so much to the others that we de­cided to go and paint as a group last sum­mer. We were lucky with the weather and the is­land is so in­spi­ra­tional.’

San­dra has also held solo ex­hi­bi­tions in Spain and – two years ago – in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emi­rates to raise funds for Syr­ian refugees in mem­ory of her brother, James Rat­cliffe, who trag­i­cally died af­ter be­ing a hostage as part of Sad­dam Hus­sein's in­fa­mous ‘hu­man shield’ in 1990.

Gillian Park grad­u­ated as a graphic de­signer from Glas­gow School of Art in 1993 and, af­ter work­ing in the in­dus­try for 11 years, started her own de­sign busi­ness. She said: ‘ The need to paint be­came too much and in the sum­mer of 2000 I picked up a paint­brush for the first time in al­most 20 years, and haven’t stopped since.’

She is now a full-time artist work­ing at her studio at Irvine Har­bour.

Land­scape artist Brid­get Hunter added: ‘Paint is the lan­guage I use to record the en­vi­ron­ment around me. I loved our paint­ing week on Gigha and am very ex­cited about our ex­hi­bi­tion.’

Irene Walker stud­ied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, be­fore em­bark­ing on a teach­ing ca­reer for 37 years. Since her re­tire­ment in 2010, she has been paint­ing in her Ayr studio.

The Gigha Girls ex­hi­bi­tion opens on Satur­day Au­gust 6 at 2pm at the Gigha Gallery and runs un­til Oc­to­ber 4.

Left to right, San­dra Rat­cliffe, Gillian Park and Brid­get Hunter, hold­ing works in­spired by Gigha.

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