Bellany the star of new museum show

Eyemouth Museum Coordinator Lyn Bogle reading childrens books which also feature in the looking artist exhibition
Eyemouth Museum Coordinator Lyn Bogle reading childrens books which also feature in the looking artist exhibition

A painting by renowned artist John Bellany has sold for a five figure sum just days after going on display as part of Eyemouth museum’s latest exhibition.

The colourful depiction of Gunsgreen House was hung for the grand opening of ‘Telling Tales’ on Friday, August 2, and was snapped up by a local buyer by the start of last week.

But Bellany isn’t the only artist to have prompted visitors to open their purses.

By the end of last week six paintings had been sold from a display featuring the work of children’s illustrator Cara Lockhart-Smith; Sylvia Quinn Home; Sarah Cox; Roger Harris; Roni Butcher and Coldingham’s Annabel Milne alongside stories by Jennifer Doherty, Fay Waddell and Richard Yeo.

It is the third exhibition the museum has hosted since new manager Lynne Bogle took over at the turn of the year and she said it seemed to have really captured the imaginations of local people and visitors to Eyemouth.

“We had a lot of people through the doors during Herring Queen week,” she commented.

“And the best thing is that a lot of people, even those from nearby, were often visiting the museum for the first time and saying how impressed they were.

“The Bellany painting came about after I was given the email address of his niece who is also his P.A.

“I felt his work would be a great addition to the exhibition as he has a strong connection to Eyemouth and it’s really influenced his work.”

‘Telling Tales’ has proved so popular that a decision was taken less than a week after its launch night to extend the exhibition from its original closing date of September 8 by an extra two weeks to September 22 before the museum’s final show of the season.

“It’s an exhibition that has attracted slightly different people to the museum.

“And that’s what we’re always aiming to do; provide something that all ages can be interested in.

“The summer walks we’ve been hosting have also proved popular. There was a guy who came to our ‘Growing Up in Eyemouth in the 1950s/60s who actually left the town in 1966 but was back in the town and recognised a number of other people on the walk.

“He was so thrilled that he’s become a member of the museum.”

The final two walks of the series, ‘Day To Day Life in Eyemouth Past’ and ‘Eyemouth Harbour’ will run on August 20 and 27.