On Tuesday 12th December, after briefly postponing due to storm Caroline...we officially launched our annual Christmas Exhibition. The exhibition has occurred annually for a number of years and features original art work from 30 local artists at both professional and amateur level. The exhibition is on display in the Gallery and the Cafe and features some well known names such as Hazel Cashmore, Monique Sliedrecht, Jenny Bruce alongside many others offering a huge range of art work all available to buy.
This year sees the first time we've hosted a launch event for the exhibition and it proved a big hit with 60 people visiting between 5&7pm. Guests were welcomed with mulled wine and a warm mince pie before they viewed the artwork.
In the foyer on the ground floor, the gift shop was open with Scottish and local gifts as well as three local suppliers. Lindsey Gallacher joined us with prints, cards, jewellery and limited edition original pieces, which proved to be very popular. Lindsey stocks the Museum gift shop with her beautiful Caithness stone jewellery as well as displaying her artwork within the exhibition.
We were thrilled to welcome Hannah from the Crafty Little Studio, Hannah moved to Caithness to be close to family and has never looked back. 2017 is her first ‘crafty Christmas’ so we were very excited to see her work. Hannah has some original work in the exhibition and had lots of print options available on the night, something to suit all budgets.
Last but by no means least we welcomed George Mackay to the event. George is the wonderful artist behind Eejits, he creates digital cartoons with fantastic character. His products bring a smile to faces of all ages. His card game Bahoochie has been hugely popular in the Museum gift shop since launching earlier this year so we were excited to see the newest product to hit the shelves, his brand new eejits colouring book! George works closely with the Museum and our Young Curators Club. Together, they created Museum mascot, Peter the Penguin. Peter was found in the Museum store many moons ago labelled as a puffin, he is however, very much a penguin originally from Australia or New Zealand. The Young Curators have a wonderful time thinking up stories and possibilities that could have led to Peter arriving here in Caithness. Peter’s character pops up throughout the Museum and tells a child friendly story of each of our collections. The Museum looks forward to working with George in the New Year with plans to create some exclusive Caithness Horizons merchandise underway.
Since opening, the local artist’s exhibition has been popular with people purchasing treats for themselves and special gifts for their loved ones. Eight pieces have sold already which is a fabulous support of local artists and the Museum which is a registered charity. The exhibition will be on display until the end of January, Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and is free to visit.