Balfron villagers take art

A RECENT art open day organised by Friends of Art Balfron (FAB) was a huge success with over 170 people of all ages going along to the event.

Many visitors stayed for several hours as they were enjoying themselves so much - trying a variety of art activities in a relaxed creative environment.

The ‘Balfron Art Book’ activity was very popular - participants made a page to be added to a book about Balfron.

Event organiser Gillian Cooper said: “The photos of past and present Balfron were a real talking point and generated an interesting meeting point between long term residents and newcomers.

“We are hoping to obtain funding to enable this project to spread further in the village with the end goal of constructing a book to go on permanent display.

“Other people were entranced by tile painting, many of which were taken away as Christmas presents for granny, and printing wall paper using hand cut stencils.”

An interactive map was gradually built up in the centre of the room, with visitors adding in their own box buildings of factories, houses and castles.

Some of these buildings are going to be exhibited in Balfron Library soon.

Budding architects were also able to try their hand at drawing buildings and looking at possible plans at the drawing board.

To compliment the art activities, there was an exhibition about Alexander Greek Thomson and his work thanks to the Balfron Heritage Group and Balfron Community Futures.

The Greek Thomson-inspired hornbill bird sculpture, which was sponsored by Easyspace, and painted by children from Balfron was also on display for the first time in the village after its recent display at an exhibition in Edinburgh.

FAB would also like to thank the ‘Make a Splash’ Fund for funding this event.

Although there is no art event planned in the near future, the next CraftWorks session for adults, having a go at printmaking, will be on Monday, November 14 and ArtWorks continues on Saturday mornings for primary school aged children.

For information on any of these activities, please contact Gillian Cooper on 01360 449425.