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At the 'art of the village - MAYFEST 2013 ART EXHIBITION

The Mayfest art exhibition was, once again, very successful at Milton of Campsie Village Hall. Organisers were delighted to welcome Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod, who opened the exhibition. There were more attendees than ever this year. Milton of Campsie Art Club sold 17 per cent of the pictures on display. The excellent craftwork also sold well. George Smith won the art club’s prize for pictures gaining the most votes from the viewers. It was part of the annual feast of culture, music and more in Milton of Campsie. The opening of the exhibition is pictured below.

Mayfest Exhib Opening 2013


The Village Hall Trust and the Mayfest organisers wish to thank all those who made the Mayfest such a success this year. It would not have been possible without the helpers who gave their time in providing refreshments, assistance with setting up, etc. As always the 50 performers – providing pop, classical-baroque, folk, jazz, etc. – gave a great choice and, apart from the Celtic music night (with some astounding music), the hall was full and the audiences very enthusiastic about what they heard and saw. In particular, the young musicians and dancers were very well received by a very large audience. The art workshops – silk-painting and for children – were well attended and enjoyed. Finally East Dunbartonsire Arts Council and G66+Live must be thanked for their essential support. Some of the young folk are pictured below.

Mayfest 2013, Children
Our thanks go to Kirkintilloch Herald newspaper for the excellent photos.

St Andrews Fest Nov 2013

The Club once again displayed members' work at the St Andrew's Festival: 70 paintings on the walls and almost as many on the 'bargain table'.

Milton of Campsie Village Hall Trust promoted this G66+live Festival which featured a wealth of varied musical and artistic talent. The ceilidh audience enjoyed Stan Quirk singing with guitar, the Willow Moon singing quartet, Pat Woodcock on fiddle, Calum Low on accordion, and singers Bill Forest and Rena Scott. The Strathkelvin Ramblers sang their specially-composed 21st Anniversary Song. The Campsie Ceilidh Band was backed by fine drumming from guest, Paddy Flaherty. The St Vincent Baroque orchestra gave a lovely programme of Christmas Music including audience participation with percussion and carol singing. There was exquisite Violin playing by the rising Japanese star, Chiharu Shimano and moving songs from Davidona Pittock, Frank Mc Camley and Liz Sharkie.
Opening St A's Fest 2013

Sunday afternoon jazz was provided by the unique Black Diamonds Havana Band and jazz guitar of David Findlay. They raised 72 for the OXFAM Philippines Emergency Fund. As always, many fine paintings from Milton of Campsie Art Club were acquired by the lucky buyers.

Jazz Band at St A's Fest 2013
This Festival depended greatly on community effort. Thanks go to Anne Sharp, Mary Bannatyne, Mia Casey, Margaret Boyle and Fiona Quirk for refreshments and to Stephen Hughes, Andrew Morton, Barbara Mcintosh, Alistair Heatherwick and Stan Quirk for door duty, staging and heavy equipment work.

Club Calendar 2013

As a new venture the club produced a calendar for 2014, in good time to be displayed and sold during the St Andrews Festival. We're happy to report the calendars were much admired with the result that our print run sold out very quickly. Thanks to members who contributed images of their paintings and to Zak Hughen for his photographic expertise, also George Smith who handled the design and conversions to digital files. Later in the year we hope to produce another for 2015, in time for next St Andrews Fest. Don't miss it - it's an ideal stocking-filler at a very reasonable price.

calendar front                                            Calendar rear

Forthcoming Events for your diary!

The art club will be staging a special exhibition of members' work in the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch from 3rd to 28th May 2014. We will post further information on this important event nearer the time. This will replace the usual G66+Mayfest exhibition this year