Angus Grant Art

Paddling, Painting, Printing

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge


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Carving and chrome

There’s a busy weekend coming up in Strathspey – lots of brilliant events for residents and visitors. I’m getting ready to run stalls with my mugs and pine prints at both. It’s great to be at local events – meeting old friends and new.

Saturday sees Carve Carrbridge, the popular chainsaw carving competition. It’s fascinating to watch the competitors create artworks out of massive pieces of wood. And Carrbridge is such a vibrant community – everyone turns out to support the event.

On Sunday I’ll be much closer to home at Motormania at Grantown. There’ll be scores of shiny vintage vehicles on display in the High Street, along with stalls and activities for all the family. I’m there with the Cairngorms Farmers Market, so there’ll be lots of food and craft to tempt you. Looking forward to a great weekend!

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge

Carrbridge

 


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A bumper summer

From exhibitions to craft fairs with a few workshops thrown in for good measure: it’s going to be a busy few months for Angus Grant Art.

I’ve got a packed schedule from July 1, when I’ll be at the Exclusively Highlands‘ craft fair at Eden Court Theatre.

After that I’ll be out and about with events in Carrbridge, Glenmore and Kingussie, as well as heading further afield to Aboyne.

Then as the summer holidays come to a close, I’m teaching another round of weekly silversmithing and pottery classes. The latter is already full up but you can still sign up for silversmithing.

Look out for upcoming posts with more details in the next few weeks. But you can also keep up with my travels by checking my Exhibitions page and the Events and Workshops page.

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge


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Craft in Carrbridge

Getting ready for the first craft fair of 2017 and it’s pretty close to home.

I’ll be at Bridge 300 in Carrbridge on Saturday May 20. It’s a big weekend of community events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the village’s iconic Packhorse Bridge.

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge

I live in Carrbridge a few years ago and it’s got a great community spirit so I’m really looking forward to this.

The craft fair is in the Village Hall on Saturday, 11am-2pm. I’ll have my wildlife mugs and the pine prints on sale.

There’s also a heap of other events going on from Friday to Sunday, including historical exhibitions and live music and dancing. Find out more on the Carrbridge website.

Hope to see you there!

The Red Squirrel book


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Squirrillustrations

Delighted to reveal another first for Angus Grant Art: illustrating a newly published book.

Last night I was at the launch of The Red Squirrel: A Future in the Forest by Neil McIntyre and Polly Pullar. You’ve maybe seen it in the news over the past couple of weeks, e.g. this one from the BBC.

The book was funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign, and published by Scotland: The Big Picture. I was asked by Louise at Cairngorm Futures, whose team did the design work, to contribute some illustrations of woodland fauna – and a few squirrel tracks – to go alongside Polly’s text. You can see my pictures below.

It was such a fun project and it was great to meet Neil and Polly and the others involved at the event last night. Really enjoyed hearing Neil’s tales of trying to capture photos of these curious creatures.

And the book looks brilliant – lots of very good-looking squirrels!

You can get a copy from Scotland: The Big Picture.

Amethyst ring silversmithing


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Silversmithing class

If you’ve ever wanted to learn a bit of silversmithing, you have got a chance in May.

I’ve got a new silversmithing class running with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership. It’s in Kingussie for the first time so I’m looking forward to working down the other end of the strath.

On your way to making two rings, you’ll learn some basic skills: using a piercing saw, soldering and stone setting.

Places are limited so you’ll need to be quick to claim your spot.

The class will run for five weeks from Tuesday May 2, 6-8pm, at Kingussie High School. The cost is £75 per person.

See the Cairngorms Learning Partnership for more information.

Here’s some pictures from my previous classes:

Mike's Trout


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Some trout portraits

Finished these fishy portaits and am looking forward to sharing them at a new exhibition next month.

They’ll be part of the Creative Cairngorms exhibition at the Moray Art Centre, Findhorn, from April 4-30. It’s my first time showing work here but I visited recently as part of Joanna Wilson’s exhibition preview and it’s a great space.

And of course I’ve got a few more portraits in the pipeline…tight lines…

The Dilemma


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Keep up with Angus Grant Art in 2017

This year is going to be a busy one for Angus Grant Art. I’ve recently had confirmation of a host of dates for craft fairs and a couple of exhibitions.

I’ll be travelling the north with Exclusively Highlands and also heading into new regions to exhibit my paintings with Art Aboyne. And I’m back at The Iona Gallery in Kingussie in the summer, for a joint exhibition with well-known painter, and my former art teacher, Campbell Bryson.

Find the dates on the Exhibitions page, and craft fairs on the Events and Workshops page.

But stay posted for more events and shows – I’ve got more plans to fill up the year!