THE words of renowned Mearns author Lewis Grassic Gibbon have inspired a unique collection of artwork.
Arbuthnott's Grassic Gibbon Centre unveiled a new exhibition on Monday entitled 'Under the Influence'.
It showcases the work of 47 artists who between them have more than 200 pieces on display.
Centre manager Isabella Williamson said the North-east writer's work had brought a voice to the land, which was expressed in the exhibition.
"We have taken a broad view of what has been influenced by him but every piece draws on his work in some way," she said.
"Some come straight from his novels, others capture the Mearns he described and some have a less direct connection."
The exhibition will run until August 3 and Mrs Williamson said she hoped it would provide a major boost to visitor numbers.
"We have run Under The Influence since 2001, the centenary year of Grassic Gibbon's birth," she added.
"We find it is successful on a number of levels - we are able to give a platform to amateur and professional artists over a four week period, it gives visitors to the centre an additional reason to be here and it supports the community as they visit other local attractions.
"I'm delighted to see it up and running again and think we will get a good number of people coming to see it."
In keeping with Grassic Gibbon's work, many of the pieces feature local landscapes, seascapes and well known landmarks, such as Dunnottar Castle.
The exhibitions is made up predominantly of paintings, using a range of different mediums, but cross stitch and wooden items also feature.
Mrs Williamson said it had got off to a fantastic start with 1,400 worth of work sold in the first night alone.
The exhibition is open between 10am and 4.30pm, seven days a week. For more information contact 01561 361668.
Mearns Leader
Date: 11/07/2008
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