Town’s “hidden treasure” sculptor

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THE FRIENDS of the William Lamb Studio held their annual general meeting on Wednesday at the Links Hotel.

The guest speaker was Mr Syd Burnett, formerly Head of Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

He was one of those who was instrumental in setting up the William Lamb Memorial Studio which opened in 1978.

Mr Burnett told the Review he had always admired Lamb’s work, and that he was something of an unsung hero. He added: “He is one of your greatest hidden treasures!”

At the AGM Mr Burnett spoke about William Lamb, then launched into an entertaining and informative series of anecdotes about sculptors, their processes of working, and things they came across in their work.

Mr Burnett’s own works include the highly regarded kinetic sculpture at the entrance to the Sick Children’s Hospital in Aberdeen. He joked how he had come across two wee laddies with pails helping themselves to the coins that had been thrown in.

Mrs Kittie Ritchie, chairman of the Friends of William Lamb Studio, proposed a vote of thanks.

Office-bearers elected were as follows:

Chairman, Mrs Ritchie; vice-chairman, Jim Strang; secretary, Ann Wyllie; treasurer, David Murray.

Committee members are Evelyn Strang, Pearl Murray, Sandy Dolan, Mae McKenzie Smith, Hilary White and Mark Spalding.