Happy half century for Lillie

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THE Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with some very special exhibitions.

After half a century of making art available for everyone to see the gallery is going to stage a major exhibition of its permanent collection which includes works by F.C.B. Cadell, G.L. Hunter, J.D. Fergusson, S.J. Peploe, Joan Eardley, John Bellany and many more and a display of work by Robert Lillie.

James Higgins, team leader at The Lillie Art Gallery, said: “Robert Lillie was born on 29th June 1867 in Edinburgh, but spent most of his life in Milngavie after the family moved here in 1902. He was an avid art lover and pursued his interest by gaining certificates as an art teacher. He eventually became an evening class teacher with Glasgow School Board.

“As an artist he submitted his work to various annual exhibitions including The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, The Royal Scottish Academy, Paisley Art Institute, Stirling Fine Art Association, Greenock Art Club, The Society of Artist Printmakers, The Royal Academy in London, The Walker Art gallery in Liverpool and Milngavie Art Club.

“After a 43-year career in banking, Robert Lillie resigned in 1925 at the age of 58 to concentrate full-time on the development of his painting and etching. He died on 26th April 1949 and left funds in his will to build a gallery in Milngavie. As a result of this, the Lillie Art Gallery was officially opened on 31st March 1962.”

The exhibition opens on Friday, July 13 at 7.30pm with speeches, wine, refreshments and a performance by a classical quartet.

The gallery on Station Road, Milngavie, is also planning a programme of events and exhibitions throughout 2012 - details of these will be released throughout the year.