Abundant art in Auchmithie

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This weekend saw a calm and sunny Auchmithie buzzing with visitors attending the Third Biennial Arts Festival.

Art works were displayed in 19 different venues from the village hall, potting sheds to front rooms.

These quaint temporary art galleries, set in this ancient fishing village, with the striking backdrop of the sea and cliffs made this a memorable and well-attended event.

One visitor said, “I’ve been to all three art festivals in Auchmithie and I love it. I think it’s brave of the house owners to open up their homes this way; the fishing cottages themselves are really interesting if you enjoy the folklore around this coast”.

As the festival went on these, often tiny, venues were full to bursting point with both art works and visitors.

The artists felt the festival had been a resounding success where their work had been shown to best effect.

HAAR Committee member Rikki Craig, himself one of the exhibiting artists said: “There is art in every style and type of medium, there is something to interest every taste and every pocket.”

A visitor commented, “I bought a painting today for less than a print would have cost, and it’s a one-off.”

Maggie Brown, Chair of the HAAR Committee said: “There is always a wonderful atmosphere in the village during the arts festival and this year was no different.

“People love popping in and out of the old cottages, church and school to see local art work hung there. There is something magical about seeing a beautifully painted seascape hanging beside a window that overlooks the sea.”

The smell of stovies and fresh smokies wafted through the village enticing a large number of visitors into the village hall to view the art and where they also enjoyed tea, coffee and home made biscuits.