Calendar of life created in memory of founding member

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Artists from a local life drawing group that recently lost one of its founding members have created a charity calendar to raise money for the ward in which he was looked after.

Alex Hamilton, 70, was a keen artist who attended Muchalls Life Drawing group to continue art as a hobby since retiring as a popular teacher of art at Hazelhead Academy for 30 years.

Mr Hamilton, who lived in Newtonhill, was a much loved family man who suffered an aneurysm and sadly passed away in October.

When Alex was in hospital, his fellow artists and friends who attend the drawing group had planned to create a calendar to raise money for the ward he was in.

When Alex died, the group were left shocked and saddened by the news and decided to create the calendar of their drawings, and Alex’s, in his memory, as well as raising money for the ARI Neuro Sciences HDU.

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.

A wide variety of drawings were submitted and the group created a calendar committee to decide on the final selection, colour scheme and entire layout before one of the artists, Iain Burt, put it all together before going to print.

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

Rosy Long, organiser of the group, said: “Alex was a very talented artist, we will miss his support, encouragement, brilliant drawings and most importantly his friendship.

“The calendar is a lovely mixture of different artistic styles. It’s very elegant and tasteful and overall just very good art.”

Artist Bern Ross said: “It’s a great chance for someone to buy modern works of art for a very good price. Many of the artists that come here are professional artists who would charge a lot more for a print of their original work and this is a selection of many combined in one calendar to raise money for a great cause.”

Calendars are available to buy for £7 with proceeds going to ARI Neuro Sciences HDU. They are available from Gallery at Fifty Five on Allardice Street in Stonehaven, the Milton Gallery at Crathes or by contacting Rosy Long on 01569 730665.