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Coming soon, a programme of events for the G66 villages arts and music events to be staged in May 2015. Watch this space!
St Andrews Festival of Art and Music Nov 2015
The art exhibition was part of the 3-day village culture festival, 21-23 Nov 2014. As in previous years, it was a MIlton of Campsie Village Hall Trust promotion supported by grants from East Dunbartonshire Arts Council and G66+Live. It was the village’s annual “G66+Live” St Andrew’s Festival - this time under the umbrella of the 'Thomas Muir Festival' which helped with publicity. The grants enabled the Hall Management Committee to promote musical performance, Classical, Celtic Folk music, Jazz music and Art appreciation in Milton of Campsie and the surrounding area. Attractive music was provided throughout the exhibition as background for the viewers, and home baking added to the enjoyment of the coffee, cakes and conversation afternoon. This was the most successful Festival yet, involving local performers and the largest audiences yet achieved. It is a fine example of cooperation between Clubs and a Hall Trust, in which each benefits financially whilst boosting the community image of both.Art Club 2015 Calendar
Following the success of the club's 2014 calendar, we produced another for 2015 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.
East Dunbartonshire Art Exhibition at the Auld Kirk Museum, Kirkintilloch
An excellent exhibition ran in the Auld Kirk from Sat 16th Aug until Thur 18th Sep 2014, at which were displayed paintings by many artists across East Dunbartonshire, including several by MOC Art Club members . Congratulations go to club members Vivian Durham and Lucas Forrest who won prizes at the exhibition opening.
Great Milton of Campsie Art Club Exhibition at the Auld Kirk Museum 3rd to 28th May 2014, Kirkintilloch!
The Club was delighted with the exhibition which ran from 3rd May to 28 May in the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch. A total of 76 pictures were displayed, with contributions of up to five framed pictures each from 16 Club members.
We wish to thank the very helpful Museum staff for a highly professional show and their preparation of fine publicity which featured a striking picture by Club member Geoff Foord.A professional artist judged the paintings and awarded first prize to Vivian Durham's oil painting, second prize to Lucas Forrest's water-colour and third to Jeanette Murray's pastel.
The comments in the Visitors' Book are superlative and this was reflected in the large number of paintings sold.
Club Calendar 2014As a new venture the club produced a calendar for 2014, in good time to be displayed and sold during the 2013 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.
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.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.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.
Our thanks go to Kirkintilloch Herald newspaper for the excellent photos.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.