Campsie Art VibeMilton of Campsie Art Club recently hosted an art event, the Campsie Art Vibe, supported by Festival 2018. The info below was our introductory news about it. Now that it has concluded, we're delighted to be able to report that the Campsie Art Vibe was an outstanding and well-attended success.
Campsie Art VIBE is a celebration of art and creativity across East Dunbartonshire and the Campsies. It runs from 6th to 12th August but
most of the activities take place on Sat 11th/Sun 12th. The idea is to showcase the talent and creativity of local artists and provide
opportunities for people to get involved and try something new. As well as some well known local artists opening up their own studios to
the public where you can meet, chat and see them at work, there is also a pop-up shared studio day being hosted by MoC art club in MoC
village hall and a Family Art Day at the Memorial Hall in Lennoxtown.
There will be a range of activities on offer at the Family Art Day from 1:30-4:30 on Sat 11th for adults as well as children. Come along and
have a go at an acrylic pour, try silk painting or paint a ceramic. There will also be live music, storytelling for the little ones and a fabulous
tearoom run by the hall committee.
The creative spaces pop up studio day on Sunday in Milton of Campsie also has plenty to offer with original artwork from local artists
available and a range of tutorials and drop in activities. Still life painting with Maggie Sadullah, pastel tutorials with Lynn Howarth and
upcycling with Selvedge Selvedge. 11am - 4pm Sunday 12th August (Some tutorials start at 10am)
Full details can be found at www.facebook.com/CampsieArtVIBE
The pictures below illustrate the success of this year's MAYFEST presented by Milton of Campsie Village Hall Trust. Donations to the Hall Trust by all
MAYFEST participants totalled approximately £440 which will go towards further upgrading of the Hall facilities. On behalf of the Hall Trust the
organisers thank the Festival Team and all performers and exhibitors who contributed their time and talents towards this exuberant festival of Art
& Music. The event ran over a full week, culminating in the weekend 11th-13th with the Art Exhibition and concerts.
The festival kicked off with the Campsie Countryside Walk, blessed by warm sunshine and ably led by Ann Martin.
This ended at the lovingly restored Old Station area, with cakes and coffee donated by Billingtons and much enjoyed music from the Calum Low
duo on accordion and drums.
Start of the walk.... .....End of the walk at the Old Station Music by Calum Low duo
The Art demo was presented by the professional artist Lynn Howarth who produced a terrific portrait with the aid of a volunteer sitter. The large
audience attending this demo found it most interesting and instructive.
Lynn Howarth Demo
The Milton of Campsie Art Club exhibition was very successful, with 15% of exhibited pictures sold and many prints. Artist Carla Faulkner's fine
seascape won the competition by public vote for the most-liked painting. The children's art workshop presented by local professional artist,
Derek Gray, was an inspiring event with really commendable efforts from the young participants.
The Grand Opening was performed by East Dunbartonshire Provost Alan Brown, whilst lovely piano music was provided by local resident, Tanya
Tvinogradova to accompany the viewing of paintings. There was strong support from our elected representatives: Rona Mackay. MSP, Cllr. Gary
Pews and Cllr. Susan Murray.
The grand opening David Stirling with Provost Alan Brown Tanya Vinogradova with Art Club president John Lindsay
The weekend of musical events was well-attended and enjoyed by all. This included the Celtic Folk Music Concert which was superbly
compered by Stan Quirk with four sets of excellent performers. The "Young Folk on Stage" concert was very well organised and hosted by Michael
Boyle. Show-cased were some fine young singers, instrumentalists and dancers. Finally the the Sunday Lunchtime Jazz session provided an
enthusiastic audience with relaxing music from Richard Burton's Jazz Quartet.
Saturday, Young Folk on Stage Sunday, Richard Burton and Jazzco
The provision of superb refreshments was well-organised by Mary Bannatyne and her team of helpers who all deserve many thanks. Last but not
least, we must also thank Elliott Summers' heavy gang for their hard work with stage set-up, lighting and tables.
The Mayfest 2018 organisers thank East Dunbartonshire Arts Council, The Coop Community Fund and Milton of Campsie
Community Council for providing essential support, enabling this community festival to remain absolutely free!
Brilliant OctoberFest 2017!
OctoberFest presented by Milton of Campsie Village Hall was a great success – thanks to the support of the communities throughout a wide area, East Dunbartonshire Arts Council, MoC Community Council and the COOP.
Milton of Campsie Art Club put on an impressive 72-painting display and sold 11% plus many special bargain pictures and prints. Joint winners of the Art Prize for the best-liked picture were Elke Hinton and Geoff Foord. 32 musicians gave their services, and donations were gratefully received from visitors to help the Village Hall in its impressive refurbishment project.
160 visitors enjoyed the great variety of art, music, dance and refreshments, especially the Scottish craft-brewed ales provided by MoC Coop! The Chair of Milton of Campsie Community Council, Jamie McGuire, opened the show followed by appreciative viewing by all present. Music was provided by Elliott Summers (guitar) and members of Campsie Scottish Folk Players, while Art Club members provided fine hospitality.
Artists & Visitors at the Art Exhibition Opening Sampling the Real Ales
A Hall full of jazz-lovers enjoyed the Sunday afternoon with JazzCo and trumpeter Robert Henderson playing, with Chris Clark's singing and guitar. Andrew Greig's Factor Forte got a packed hall dancing on Saturday - including a lot of young folk enjoying their Beatle numbers and rock-pop. The ARCARA recorders playing on Friday evening were sheer magic and the music by the Bucher String Trio on Saturday afternoon was a delight.ARCARA Bucher String Trio
JazzCo Chris Clark
The Art Club's excellent Calendar, show-casing their paintings, sold quickly and they are now on sale for only £3.00 at the Post Office in Milton of Campsie and the Auld Kirk Museum. Thanks to George Smith for technical skill in the production and to East Dunbartonshire Arts Council for support.
Teams of helpers from the village made this event possible. Those to be thanked for assisting with refreshments include the organiser, Mary Bannatyne, with Anne Stevenson, Josie Dunipace , Fiona Quirk, Kazia Shand, Susan Murray, Mia Casey and Laura Mellor of the COOP. Thanks also to the 'heavy gang' organiser, Elliott Summers, for dealing with staging, equipment and furniture together with Andrew Morton, Gregor Summers and Neil Kitchener. Michael Boyle helped greatly with event organisation and Sue Baxendale with social media team advertising.
The strong support for this community event was much appreciated.
St Andrews Festival of Art and Music Nov 2014
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.
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