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Dreams of Land and Sea


'Dreams of Land and Sea' is the latest exhibition by Forres based artist Brian Crawford Young. In this show he develops and extends his expressive and gestural style to the landscape of the Scottish highlands and islands. Painted from sketches done while camping in wild and remote places, they seek to capture the timeless beauty of mountain, sea and sky. Brian is an honours graduate of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), and has been painting for twenty years. He has worked and exhibited in New York, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. At The Nicholson Gallery and Framers, 1 St. Catherines Road, Forres, Moray, IV36 1LL. From 4th - 31st August. Open 10am - 4pm. Tuesday to Saturday.

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The Body in Media

by Rachael Horsburgh

Achieving my BA Hons in Fine Art wasn’t only four years of study, but also many more years of passion. When I look back, it was my secondary school art teacher who truly inspired me to follow my passion for art, and so lead me to where I am now. She was a very talented woman and I was just blown away by her figurative drawings. Portraiture was what I enjoyed the most, but my obsession with anime and manga had made my proportions go awry, so seeing her beautiful drawings made me turn away from that style and become more realistic.

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A Walk of Art: Visionary Shoes

The exhibition “A Walk of Art: Visionary Shoes’ explores whether a shoe that can’t necessarily be walked on can still be called a shoe, If it can’t, is it art?

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Gilyan Noble Featured Artist

For many years my work has focused on what we humans refer to to as the natural world. Initially my paintings were figurative and were largely concerned with replicating details from a wide range of species from flies and fish to mammals. However I came to realise through study and practice that I was motivated and inspired to focus on creatures and their habitats, such as the nests they built or the fields they ran through, not simply because of their physiology, but because of the feelings of awe that their sometimes fragile and miraculous forms invoked in me.

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Jane Yeadon - a profile

A rich vein of artistic talent exists in the Highlands and Moray. It might be inspired by the beauty of the landscapes and vistas found where mountains meet the Firth. Or perhaps our comparative isolation on the outermost fringes of Europe lends a unique perspective.

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Murder Mystery Show

2nd, 3rd and 4th February 2017

Cullen Hall Church, York Place Cullen

Tickets £7 adult £3 children – can be bought from the Paper Shop, The Square, Cullen

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Inverness Choral Society's popular annual marathon of continuous carol singing on Saturday 17th December, from 10.30am to 3.30pm takes place near M&S's upstairs entrance in the Eastgate Centre, Inverness. The choir will once again entertain Christmas shoppers while raising funds for the Society's future performances and for a chosen charity. This year's charity is Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland.

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Santa on the Streets

Santa on the streets of Elgin over two nights Thursday 15th in west end and bishopmill side of town, Friday 16th in new Elgin.

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Portessie Public Hall Christmas Tombola

Star prize £75 shopping vouchers. Doors open 6.30 pm, eyes down 7.30 pm. Entry £1.00. Please bring a cup.

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Royal Scottish Geographical Society lecture: Doug Allan: Oceans at the Crossroads

Drawing from some of his own truly breath taking images world renowned wildlife cameraman Doug Allan discusses how climate change is affecting the oceans and their most charismatic inhabitants. With over 40 years first-hand experience of the poles, Doug has seen for himself the effects of the change in sea ice cover on sea mammal populations in both the north and south. What Doug has witnessed has reinforced his determination and commitment to raise awareness of this global issue through his speaking engagements. Admission: Adults £10; RSGS members, students and under 18's: free

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Portessie Public Hall - Christmas Craft Fair & Coffee Morning

9.30 am - 12.00 noon Various craft and local charity fundraising stalls, hall sales table and raffle. Donations welcome. To book a table costing £5 please ring Alison 01542 836095 or Rosella 01542 833969. Adults £2.50 Children £1.00.

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World Full of Colour - Shona McInnes

Born in the Orkney Islands, Shona went on to study at The Glasgow School of Art, specialising in stained glass design. After graduating in 1983 she began working for a stained glass company in Yorkshire. “It was a steep learning curve” she laughs “having had the luxury as a student of experimenting with ideas, materials and taking as long as you liked to complete a project, I now had to work to a client's brief and be focussed on deadlines and high quality craftsmanship.”

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