Successful weekend for Isle of Bute Artists Collective

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The second annual Bute Studio Trail, run by the Isle of Bute Artists Collective, saw locations around the island turned into pop-up galleries and workshops as resident artists displayed their work.

From Ballianlay to Kilchattan Bay, and everywhere in between, visitors had the opportunity to not only view their work, but meet each of the 32 artists on what turned out to be a superbly sunny day to see the island at its best.

We popped into the boatyard at Port Bannatyne and had a quick chat with Gordon McMurchie who was exhibiting his wood creations, including walking sticks, bowls, puzzles and Sgian Dubhs - the latter of which he can turn around in around an hour!

We also stopped off at the Port Inn, where we met with Colleens Magennis, Anne Nicholl and Debbie Willett. Colleen’s work included automata (mechanical toys) and triangular loom weaving, while Anne was displaying her photography, which included some stunning shots of island locationd, and Debbie showcased her silver jewellery.

Back in town, Joseph Thomas’s photographs were displayed at his gallery in East Princes Street, while Shirley K. Lloyd’s jewellery designs were available to the viewing public at her shop in Victoria Street.

The weekend has been another success story for the Isle of Bute Artists Collection.