Art group present cheque in memory of a dear friend

cheque presentation
cheque presentation

A local drawing group have handed over a cheque to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after raising money in memory of a former member and friend.

At the end of last year, Muchalls Drawing Group created a calendar of their life-drawings and have now raised £500 for the Neuro Sciences HDU after Newtonhill artist - and keen member of the group - Alex Hamilton died from an aneurysm last October.

Alex (70) was one of the founding members of the group after retiring as a popular teacher of art at Hazelhead Academy for 30 years.

During his stay in hospital, fellow artists and friends who attend the group had planned to create a calendar to raise money for the ward he was in. However, when Alex died, the group were left shocked and saddened by the news and decided to continue with the idea of a calendar with their drawings, and also Alex’.

The group raised a total of £500 by selling the calendars to family and friends and have expressed their gratitude to Gallery at 55, Holburn Gallery, Claremont Gallery and Milton Gallery - where the calendars were also on sale.

It included drawings by local artists Rob Ward, Mairi Ewen, Alex Hamilton, Rosy Long, Sandy Cheyne, Ross Barrett-Ayres, Linda Masson, Liz Munn, Sjarifah Roberts, Val Oates and Bernie Ross.

The group, made up of both professional and amateur artists, was formed three years ago and meets every fortnight in Muchalls Village Hall where they use professional models to develop their drawing skills.

Rosy Long, organiser of the group, said: “Alex was very talented and we miss his support and encouragement.’’