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Ever-changing art exhibition in Aboyne

Lorna Purvis at ArtAboyne
Lorna Purvis at ArtAboyne

A constantly evolving exhibition of work from artists living in the north-east has opened in Aboyne.

The annual ArtAboyne showcase in the village’s Victory Hall features paintings, photography, woodwork, prints and textiles.

More than 45 artists are taking part in the show, which runs until August 5.

As pieces are sold, they are replaced with another work by the same artist, so visitors are treated to an ever-changing exhibition.

Lorna Purvis, who has helped organise the show, said: “It has become an annual exhibition which is organised by a committee of local artists and features work by other artists from the north-east.

“It is a massive show and there is an awful lot of work involved in setting it up.

“It is great to see as much of the artists’ work as possible being exhibited.

“It is not one of those events that if you do not get to the opening you have missed your chance, because it is always changing.”

The exhibition began as a gathering of friends organised by the late Brian Hart, a former Aboyne Academy teacher who was one of the area’s best-known painters.

After Mr Hart’s death in December 2002, local artists continued to organise the annual exhibition and named it ArtAboyne.

Ms Purvis, a jeweller, added: “We have kept it to north-east artists and they all take a turn in stewarding the event.

“There is the chance to get to know some of the artists and, if you are interested in a particular piece, you might get to talk to the individual artist involved.

“It gives the committee a chance to get together with other artists for a chat and to swap ideas.

“It is great to have the event in Aboyne as it shows how many nice things are being held outwith the city.”

The event is open to the public at the Victory Hall from 10am-8pm every day until August 5, with refreshments available, ample parking and wheelchair access.

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