On the evening of Friday 8th September 2023, around seventy KADAC members and guests welcomed Perth & Kinross Provost Zander McDade to the Annual KADAC Art Exhibition held at the wonderful venue of Cleish Village Hall. The Provost opened the exhibition and praised the camaraderie and the work of the Art Club. In her welcoming speech, President, Dallas Key, thanked all members for their support, enthusiasm, and commitment to the Club. She also highlighted the dedication of two KADAC Members, Ian Gellatly and Irene Douglas, who support a small Art Group each Thursday at The Kinross Day Centre. Seven artworks by three of this art group were included in the KADAC exhibition. Dallas also paid tribute to Club Member, Tom Webster, who recently passed away, aged 90. His cheery and friendly personality will be much missed in the Club. The Provost was presented with a painting and card by Dallas before browsing the exhibits and chatting to the guests.
There was a delightful atmosphere in the Hall as the Provost and the other guests mingled throughout the artworks, enjoying wine and nibbles. Folks enjoyed viewing the one hundred and eighty-nine exhibits as well as the many different crafts. The popular raffle was well supported with folks keen to win one of the many prizes including many donated by local businesses. The Star Prize of a two-night stay at The Firs B & B in Blair Atholl was donated by KADAC member, Pauline, with runners-up prizes of an original painting by KADAC’s professional adviser, Tom Sutton-Smith and a signed print by Greg Drumm, a KADAC member.
The raffle was drawn on Sunday afternoon; to everyone’s delight, the first ticket to be drawn belonged to the Provost, winning the Star Prize.
Over the weekend of the exhibition, sixty-three paintings in total were sold as well as a many crafts. More than three hundred visitors attended the exhibition with many taking time to enjoy a cup of tea and some home baking. Throughout the whole weekend, support to the Art Club from the wider community of Kinross and District was evident through the comments, the footfall and the joyous atmosphere.
Thanks, specifically, to the people of Cleish for their incredible support throughout the exhibition weekend. Members felt so welcomed into this warm and supportive community.
During the weekend, visitors were encouraged to vote for their favourite painting of the exhibition. This year there were joint favourites: ‘Girl in Blue’ by Robin Kent and ‘Passing storm, Glen Sligachan’ by last year’s winner Stewart Niven; Runners-up were ‘Wingnuts’ by Shirley Scott and ‘Shackled and Tied’ by Greg Drumm. The four members were each presented with a small prize.