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Planning is already well under way for the art exhibition and other events taking place in our October festival of arts this year! Here's the poster showing these - just click on the thumbnail. There's plenty to choose from so be sure to get it in your diary:-

CAMPSIE OCTOBERFEST 2016 of Art & Music.

octoberfest poster

Past Events (Recent)

CAMPSIE MAYFEST 2016 : Art & Music festival

The pictures show the extent and the great success of  'G66+live' Campsie Mayfest 2106, promoted by Milton of Campsie Village Hall Trust. 

The art events started with a public painting demonstration by renowned professional artist, Nicole Stevenson.

N Stevenson art demo

The Opening of the big Art Exhibition started the weekend of events. Both our MP Stuart McDonald and MSP Rona Mackay were there in support. Rona did the honours for the official opening, and she informed a large audience that this was her first public engagement since the election! 14 artists from Milton of Campsie Art Club covered the main hall walls with 70 pictures. Delightful live music on piano, guitar and lute accompanied the picture viewing.

                          R Mackay MSP                                                                                                              S McDonald MP

              The Opening of the Art Exhibition & the Festival weekend by our new MSP, Rona Mackay.                                          Our local MP, Stuart McDonald, enjoys the exhibition of paintings.                             
           Here she is being welcomed by the Chair of the Milton of Campsie Hall Trustees, David Stirling.

                                                                                 Elliott Summers guitar                                                                                       Artists
                                                         Elliott Summers entertains the art-lovers with his guitar.                                Nine of the fourteen Milton of Campsie Art Club exhibitors.

Next came Factor Forte, a cover band with stupendous arrangements of the greatest pops and three fine singers. Their beat really got people dancing. The 'Open Stage for our Young Folk' resulted in a capacity audience of over 100. 27 children performed superbly in a very varied programme with players of the clarsach, violin, saxophone, guitar, keyboard, banjo and whistles. The music varied from ancient Celtic melodies to fine modern pop tunes. The supple Lorraine McDonald Dancers provided lively entertainment in both halves of the programme.

                                       Factor Forte Night                                                      Kids Concert                       
                                            Rocking & Rolling among the paintings to Factor Forte playing Beatles' hits.                                  Rhona Boyle plays to a crowded hall at the Young Folks' concert - surrounded by MoC Art Club pictures.

This same afternoon the small hall was filled with superb creations from five contributors to the Craft Fair, including MoC Artists.

                                                                                        Karla craft demo
                                                                One of the five craft-workers, MoC Art Club member, Carla Faulkner, displays her creations at the well-supported Craft Fair.    
The children's art workshop, run by professional caricaturist, Derek Gray, had very enthusiastic participants who learnt a lot - creating faces which included the queen and Andy Murray!  

                                                                                              Derek Gray artist
                                                              Professional caricaturist, Derek Gray (Hon Member MoC Art Club), with two of the children at his art workshop.

The recorder band ARCARA presented an astounding programme with great variety. There was much interest and appreciation from a large audience.  

The grand finale was the jazz afternoon. The Allander Band presented good fun trad at it's best, and this was followed by Aubrey Gerber's fine swing band, The Sounds of Jazz. That was the end of a terrific Campsie Mayfest. 

The organisers on behalf of the Village Hall Trust thank all helpers and all members of the Art Club for their great show. Financial support from East Dunbartonshire Arts Council is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks also for publicity help from Scotland Voluntary Arts and the local Coop.



St Andrew’s ART & MUSIC Festival 2015 Success.

As in previous years, the three-day St Andrew’s Festival in Milton of Campsie Village Hall was a success – thanks to the great support of communities beyond the village.

Milton of Campsie Art Club put on a fine display and musicians came from far and wide – giving their services to help the Hall. This proved very popular with those from the wider G66+live area and beyond.
Opening Night St Andrews Fest 2015 opening         Some appreciative supporters 2015 Nov audience

Visitors enjoyed the great variety of art, music, dance and refreshments, as documented in the Visitor’s book. Local Member of Parliament, Stuart McDonald, opened the Festival, After this, while the pictures were being viewed, some delightful music was provided by Darcy Howat, clarsach, and Rhona Boyle, violin. Milton of Campsie Art Club members provided fine hospitality with Fair-Trade drinks and table service by Diane Neely
A trusty band of helpers from the village made this event possible. Those to be thanked for giving help with refreshments in event breaks included Fiona Quirk, Margaret Boyle, Ann Pert, Mary Bannatyne, Mia Casey and Syd Sharp. Thanks also to the ‘heavy gang’ dealing with equipment set-up and clearing: Syd Sharp, Andrew Morton, Jim Pert, Stan Quirk, Derek Gray, Arran Summers, Michael Boyle and Alistair Heatherwick.
The Art Club excelled in displaying over 60 framed paintings for sale. Buyers could also choose from a print selection and a table-sale of good-value originals. Visitors voted for their favourite picture and the winner this year was Etta Dunbar. Nearly 20% of pictures were sold. Again the Art Club produced an excellent Calendar showing their paintings. These were also sold for 3.00 at the Post Office in Milton of Campsie and the Auld Kirk Museum: as last year it was a sell-out.

The folk lovers enjoyed the local Campsie Scottish Folk Players who played compositions selected from the new book of their own compositions. Their new CDs sold like hot cakes. Stan Quirk sang a lovely Irish Air with the band. The popular Willow Moon Singers provided close-harmony singing. The lively music from the nine-piece Campsie Ceilidh Band ensured that almost everyone was dancing. Interlude songs from Bill Forrest and Rena Scott were much appreciated, as was the clarsach of Darcy Howat.
Willow Moon performs
2015 Willow Moon            Campsie Scottish Folk Players 2015 Nov CSFP           CSFP with singer Rena Scott 2015 CSFP + Rhona

An enthusiastic audience had a rare treat in the orchestral programme presented by the St Vincent Baroque Players: Christmas Baroque music, Renaissance dances and Christmas carols. A highlight was the remarkable solo performance of Italian guitarist Marco Ramelli. The audience participated as an improvised ‘fun’ percussion band for Mozart’s Toy Symphony and other pieces, under the direction of the bass singer, Frank McCamley. The concert finished with everyone joining in the carol singing.
  2015 SVBP   St Vincent Baroque Players in action  2015 SVBP 2

The large Sunday afternoon Jazz audience enjoyed the 11-piece Black Diamonds Havana Band under John Power: they got people jiving.  The fest concluded with the swinging guitar of David Findlay and his trio including gorgeous singer, Celia Somers.
The music-appreciation visitors greatly enjoyed the artwork on display and purchased pictures!
2015 Jazz Jazz at St Andrews Fest, Milton of Campsie  2015 Jazz 2

The organisers acknowledge support from G66+live which made this festival a success.


Art Club 2016 Calendar
Following the success of the club's 2014 and 2015 calendars, we produced another for 2016 which sold out very quickly indeed, both at the St Andrews Art Exhibition (report above) and at local outlets. Purchasers were delighted not only by the quality of the calendar but with the quality of art displayed in the club artists' individual contributions.

                                       2016 calendar front                               2016 calndar rear

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