A GROUP of Kincardineshire artists are celebrating this week following success in a local competition.
Artists from throughout the region flocked to Portlethen Academy on Sunday to take part in the final of North Kincardine Community Development Group's competition entitled 'Where I feel at Home'.
Local artist Jacky Niven judged the entries for the
competition and was delighted by the high standard of entries.
"It was quite a challenge to select the winning pieces," she said. "Work was judged by its relevance to the brief, quality of the use of medium and presentation.
"It was also encouraging to see so many works conveying positive and warm images."
The competition was the final event of the local SALT festival 2008, which incorporated song, art, literature and theatre.
Portlethen Primary School pupil Jodie McGovern won the overall "best of show" prize of 150 for her painting depicting her bedroom.
The second prize of 100 was awarded to Portlethen Academy pupil Zoe Middleton for her portrait 'Quiet'.
Amateur artist Jane Steel from Catterline secured third place with her painting 'Anyone can dream'.
North Kincardine Community Development Group chairman Mike Lloyd-Wiggins presented the cash prizes to the winners and said the competition will return in 2009.
"It was great to see such a high standard of entries and its success means that we will be looking at running the competition next year," he said.
The group's aims are to improve public services while promoting community regeneration, social inclusion, lifelong learning and active citizenship for everyone.
The primary school winner was Fishermoss pupil Ting Ting Lin with her pencil entry of 'I wish my castle was my home'.
Secondary pupil Sophie Marsay's painting 'Grandma's Garden' also won best in category.
In the adults 16 and over category the 50 prize was awarded to Gray's School of Art student Mark Rennie for his entry entitled: 'Anywhere by the sea'.
Evelyn Hart, a Community Learning Worker with the local parent and toddler education group, won the group category prize of 50.
Planning for SALT 2009 has already started and organisers are keen to involve the whole community in an even wider range of exciting events, shows and author visits.
If you would like to be involved in the planning process or would like to make a suggestion please call (01224) 782277or email

Prize winners collected their cash prizes at Portlethen Academy on Sunday. Back row (l - r) Jane Steel, Zoe Middleton and Mark Rennie. Front row (l - r) Jacky Niven, artist Best of Show first prize winner Jodie McGovern and primary school

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