The Society of Caithness Artists (SCA) is busy preparing for its “first truly physical exhibition” since 2019 that will include a tribute to Thurso artist Joan Powell who passed away this year.
SCA chairman Ian Pearson said: “The last two years have been very difficult for everyone, and this includes artists where the only outlet to market their work is through online. Now we have the opportunity. to showcase all the artistic talent in the county. ”
The exhibition takes place in the ETEC building, part of the UHI North Campus, which may be known by many as Thurso College. Ian further explained: “The choice of venue was forced on the Highland Council Society which raised the rental charges at Thurso High School beyond the inflation rate that any voluntary organization like SCA could never afford.
“It’s a huge pity because the exhibition has enjoyed a very happy 15 years of existence there. We don’t even have to look for an alternative venue even though the UHI Campus is next to the school.”
The exhibition will open on Monday night July 25 at 6:30 pm and then open every day except Sunday, from 3pm to 8pm. The exhibition closes on Friday, August 5. The day for artists is Saturday July 23 between 10am and 2pm at the ETEC building.
The Society was very pleased that the HRH Duke of Rothesay had agreed to lend two watercolors he had painted of the local area. The duke, an enthusiastic actor himself has always supported the SCA and in the past has visited the exhibition. His two works are titled “Kilphedir Pool on The River Helmsdale, Sutherland” and “Abandoned Crofts on Stroma”.
Ian added: “This year the SCA will recognize the work of Joan Powell who passed away earlier this year and became a very active member of the Society. There will be a special tribute to Joan by showing an example of her artwork. “
Joan Powell (1931 – 2022) was an actress living in Caithness who produced a large volume of works spanning five decades. Born in Yorkshire, he moved to Caithness with his wife and young family in 1959, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Through friends, he was involved with a small informal group of artists who first focused on watercolor landscapes, as well as local scenes on Thurso and Wick Street. Without any formal training in art, he began to produce innovative works in batik and silk painting and other media.
He is a regular contributor to SCA’s annual exhibition and has also been involved on its committee for many years as well as at the Lyth Arts Center.
A small selection of his work will include items borrowed by his family, Highland Council, Lyth Arts Center, and several private individuals.
For more details about the SCA exhibition, contact Ian Pearson by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 01847 895637 or 07816762601.