Winter exhibition

The 2011 Winter Exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar has opened to the public.

This popular open exhibition attracts entries from talented artists from all over Scotland and is a firm favourite with visitors.

This festive season sees the nineteenth annual exhibition at The Meffan since it opened its doors in 1992 as an art gallery and museum.

Both professional and amateur artists alike submit their work to be scrutinised by the selection panel.

As space in The Meffan is limited, only the very best of the work makes it onto the gallery walls for display, and the quality and diversity of work that has been selected for exhibition this year makes for a visual treat.

The top amateur and professional works are recognised with prize money of £200 awarded for a work in the amateur category, and a purchase price of up to £1,000 awarded in the professional category.

The judging panel, which included local artists Rebecca West Guard and Penelope Antic, have selected the winners in the professional category, and chose to split the first prize between three artists’ work; Magic Garden, an etching by June Carey, Bell McCoy’s ceramic Another Zebra Crossing and Jennifer Robson’s pencil drawing The Blue Hare.

As this is a purchase prize, the winners have the additional accolade of having their works in a public art collection.

The judges found choosing the winners extremely difficult due to the high standard of entries and so decided to give commendations to twelve other pieces of work.

The winner of the amateur category is still to be decided, as visitors to the exhibition are being asked to cast their vote for their favourite amateur piece.

The ballot closes on Saturday, December 10, so there is still plenty of time for visitors to see the exhibition and choose their favourite.

There are a wide variety of artworks on show in a variety of media, including paintings, drawings, fine art prints and sculpture, so there is something to suit every taste.

All the pieces are for sale so it is an ideal opportunity to purchase a unique gift or an investment for the future.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and runs from Saturday 26 November until Saturday 31 December.