Town hall art show canvassed many visitors

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Staff at Campbeltown Town Hall hung paintings not stockings at its first ever art show in the week before Christmas.

A triptych by Campbeltown artist Anne Cousin was particularly poignant commemorating the sinking of Her Majesty’s yacht HMY Iolaire.

From Hogmanay onwards the Cousin family joined dignitaries including Prince Charles in Stornoway to remember the sinking on December 31 1918.

In a note about the painting Mrs Cousin said: ‘This triptych titled ‘An Ataireachd Bhuan’ – The Ceaseless Surge of the Sea has been painted in memory of my uncle John MacLeod of Uigen on the Isle of Lewis.’

John MacLeod (Seocan a’Ghobha) of the Royal Naval Reserve, was lost aged 20. He was the elder brother of Murdo MacLeod, a former school master of Southend School.

Mrs Cousin added: ‘He, along with 200 others, returning after serving their country in World War One, was tragically drowned, in the early hours of New Year’s Day 1919 when the motor yacht HMY Iolaire was dashed on the rocks within sight of Stornoway harbour.’

Campbeltown Town Hall manager Zena Coffield displayed dolls house miniatures.

Ms Coffield is described as a doll’s house artizan and her work has featured in Dolls House World magazine and a t the Miniatura International Dolls House Fair.

Her specialties are miniature printed kits and unique hand crafted clothing for dolls house collectors and enthusiasts.

Ms Coffield’s display was a 1/12th scale dolls house department store where one inch is equal to one foot.

The exhibition ran for five days from December 17 to 22.

Exhibition panels at the art show. 25_c52art02

The Triptych titled ‘An Ataireachd Bhuan’ – The Ceaseless Surge of the Sea by Anne Cousin. 25_c52art08

A display of doll’s house miniatures by Campbeltown Town Hall manager Zena Coffield. 25_c52art05

Bonnie Korner said she loved her cat very much and still misses her. This picture is an attempt to describe her grief at her first experience of death. It was priced at £40. 25_c52art07

The sea featured in many pictures this is Christine Russell’s centrepiece. It is an oil on canvas titled ‘The Beautiful West Kintyre Coast. 25_c52art18

A mixed medium work titled Butterfly Corset by Eilidh Morris. 25_c52art14

A Christmassy display of dolls, not in the art show, comes from the collection at Glenbarr Abbey which was split up this summer. 25_c52art01