Art Society stages 50th anniversary exhibition

Morris Grassie and William Young [ wombat]. Morris Grassie officially opened the exhibition. William Young won the Torness Cup for his Dandelion Murdock painting.
Morris Grassie and William Young [ wombat]. Morris Grassie officially opened the exhibition. William Young won the Torness Cup for his Dandelion Murdock painting.

Well known artist/speaker Morris Grassie officially opened Berwickshire Art Society’s 50th anniversary exhibition which is being staged in Southfield Community Centre, Duns, this week.

Society chairman Marianne Morrison introduced Mr Grasssie before cutting the 50th anniversary cake. The savouries and wine proved extremely popular with probably a record foot-fall for recent years and the entry, standard and presentation of the paintings were most favourably commented upon.

Sandra Hollands Trophy was won by Elisabeth Stobie handed over by William Young.

Sandra Hollands Trophy was won by Elisabeth Stobie handed over by William Young.

Several of the “original” Society members were present- Katherine Prentice, David McLean, Roy Oliver. Unable to attend were Andrew Binnie and Anna Marie Dodds.

Katherine Prentice read some “Reminiscences” from Anna Marie Dodds from the 1960’s, the Art Society’s early years, and added a few of her own.

The Torness Cup for the best painting in show was awarded to Mr William Young (Wombat) for his painting in acrylic entitled “Dandelion Murdock”.

The Sandra Hollands Trophy for the best work by a member of the Society’s Painting Group was awarded to Mrs Elizabeth Stobie for her painting in watercolour entitled “Snowstorm”.

This year there was a special prize for a painting by a member of the Art Group, chosen by William Young (Wombat) and the prize this year went to Mrs Elizabeth Stobie, again for her painting “Snowstorm”.

There are many expressive paintings this year and all by talented Borderers - an exhibition well worthy of a visit.

The exhibition is open this week as follows: Monday - Friday 2-4pm and 7-9pm, Saturday 2-4pm.