Art work shines at Year of the Light exhibition

Year of the Light art exhibition being held in Arbroath library was offically opened by Georgiana Osborne Lord Lieutenent of Angus on Friday evening. Pictured with her are, from left - Frank McDiarmid, Harry Simpson and Norman Arkinson.

Year of the Light art exhibition being held in Arbroath library was offically opened by Georgiana Osborne Lord Lieutenent of Angus on Friday evening. Pictured with her are, from left - Frank McDiarmid, Harry Simpson and Norman Arkinson.

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THE YEAR of the Light art exhibition opened to the public on Saturday in Arbroath Library.

Over 60 paintings that celebrate the spectacular coastline of north east Scotland are on show and features work from top Scottish artists.

The exhibition’s curator is Frank McDiarmid, who has a painting of the Bell Rock lighthouse featuring in the show.

Other artists including Jim Dunbar, Dick Hunter, Irene Halliday, Derek Robertson and Joe McIntyre will also have work in the exhibition.

Frank said: “There will also be paintings – and a few sculptures and ceramics - by some very well-known local artists, such as Norma and Sarah Maclean, Rikki Craig and Jim Gordon.

“All the artists invited to participate in the Year of the Light exhibition come from within a 30-mile radius of Arbroath so there’s a high concentration of paintings of the Angus coastline.

“The Angus cliffs, beaches, harbours, fishermen’s cottages and, of course, the Bell Rock Lighthouse, star in many of the works on show.”

On Friday night selected guests enjoyed a preview showing of the exhibition that was officially opened by Lord Lieutenant of Angus Georgiana Osborne.

The exhibition is just one of many events that have been held in the town to celebrate the Year of the Light marking 200 years since the completion of the Bell Rock lighthouse.

And it is hoped that the show along with other events has boosted tourist numbers to the area.

Councillor Jim Millar, convener of neighbourhood services at Angus Council said: “I’m delighted that Angus Council’s cultural services has been able to help the Year of the Light Steering Committee with this exciting exhibition by providing the Arbroath Art Gallery venue and staff assistance.

“I feel sure that the exhibition will attract many visitors, including tourists visiting Arbroath at this time.”

The Year of the Light Exhibition runs at Arbroath Library until August 24.

It will also be displayed at Discovery Point, Dundee from October 15 to January 5, 2012.