Local exhibition draws the crowds to the Mechanics

The current exhibition at the Mechanic’s Institute, which ends this week, brings together both professional and amateur art work in an exhibit that has something for everyone.

Budding artists from Brechin High School and the Brechin Photographic society have had the opportunity to showcase their talent alongside a whole host of top Scottish artists.

The exhibition, open for viewing until Friday June 22, celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and the passing of the Olympic torch. The ladies of the Brechin Arts and Crafts group have produced atheltic dolls to commemorate the 2012 London Olympics.

Just under 70 artists are included in the exhibition which features a whole variety of techniques, including one artist who uses crushed slate to create a unique viewing experience. With oil, acrylics, charcoal, watercolours and many more, there is plenty to see. One artist, Paul Kneebone, is registered blind but has created his own technique to produce some wonderful work.

Jane Ferguson, from the Mechanic’s Institute, paid to tribute to the town, saying: “I would like to thank the community for their support. We have received kind donations from those who haven’t even bought art work. We are hoping to use those funds to upgrade the lighting for future exhibits.”

With nearly over 1000 people having visited the exhibition already, it is hoped the continued support will allow the Mechanic’s Institute to be able to showcase more artwork in the future.