23 – 30 April: Creative Cairngorms

An exhibition in the Long Room

A wide selection of original and high quality arts and crafts including paintings, ceramics, textiles, photography and jewellery. All produced by artists and craftworkers living in the Cairngorms National Park. 

Below are statements from each of the artists who will feature in the exhibition, followed by image of their works. 

Gill Williams 

After a 30 year career in the police as a police diver, Gill retired to the Isle of Skye with her husband Ian and took up photography, specialising in landscape, aurora and underwater photography. Her first love is art though, which she enjoyed before joining the police. Originally specialising in pastels and watercolours she now focuses on oils in tiny miniature as she loves detail. In 2023 she had two pieces accepted by the Royal Society of Miniature Artists for their summer exhibition in London. Her photographs are all printed on aluminium and her miniature paintings are on brown clam shells and ceramic alumina. Gill is now looking forward to basing her photography in the Cairngorms and producing more miniature paintings from them.

Ian Williams

Ian Williams BA(Hons) completed a fine art degree in 2001 and relocated to the Highlands of Scotland. He resided with his wife Gill on the beautiful Isle of Skye for 22 years where he responded to the wild life and extraordinary landscapes and unique geology.

Ian works with clay and wood. He also uses watercolours, oils, acrylics paints and inks. Ian also has had several books published, an illustrated and two fantasy novels. 

Both Ian and his wife Gill have worked for several decades with international and local charities raising in the region of £600,000. They continue to assist. 

Ian and Gill have had many years of enjoying and responding to the natural beauty of the Cairngorms National Park and at the end of 2023 they relocated to the Cairngorms National Park, in particular within the Abernethy Forest.

It is the intention to continue producing art including pottery, paintings and sculptures.’

Julie Green

Working from drawings and sketches in paint, ink or pencil in  sketchbooks, Julie likes to create imagery, manipulate it in PhotoShop, then  transfer it on to a selection of surfaces, some of which have been raw materials, felt, old scraps of material, wood and often bird feathers, bones or stone. 

Three dimensional pieces have been produced by casting from animal skulls in plaster or gum tape and then embellished with paint or found objects. Studies of the equine have been a strong element in her work for many years and is often commissioned by horse owners to produce paintings or drawings.

Etching is a strong favourite for Julie, having studied printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art for four years as well as painting and constructed textiles. Studio work is run alongside her career as an art teacher and she often use exemplars to inspire pupils of all ages. Presently she is teaching at several secondary schools and  completed her Masters in Fine Art in August 2017.

Thelma Edis-Blewitt

Thelma is an amateur photographer and artist. Living in the Cairngorms area has provided her with many scenic and wildlife photography opportunities and so a natural progression has been to produce and sell greetings cards and prints. She also enjoys drawing and painting in oils and watercolour, again influenced in no small part by her surroundings. After many years of worldwide travel, often involving trains, Thelma has had some of of her photographic images published in travel brochures. Wildlife has always been a passion and she often draw or paint from photographs she has taken locally.

Jackie Hichens

Jackie was born and has spent most of her life living on the Lands End peninsula in Cornwall. She had a passion for painting as a child and it has continued throughout her life with no formal training.

Four years ago, Jackie and her husband made a life change by moving to the Cairngorms to be near their daughter and family and she decided to pursue my hobby full time. The Cairngoms provides a wealth of subjects from insects, plants, animals and birds many of which can only be found in this unique area.

In her 4 years here she has been lucky enough to work with the RSSZ Highland Wildlife Park on conservation projects such as The Pine Hoverfly and The Dark Bordered Beauty Moth with designs for shop products and also Cairngorms Connect on a live sketch evening with a painting currently in progress.

As well as selling her originals, Jackie produces prints, cards, mugs and many other products from her artwork and these can be bought online or found locally.

Sue Broyd

Sue lives in Nethy Bridge. She creates unique pieces of jewellery using buttons, felt, beads and other materials. She also creates sewn pictures depicting animals and birds – inspired by the natural world and the diversity of wildlife around the highlands and beyond.

Lena Fallows

Lena Fallows creates jewellery exclusively using semi precious gemstones, normally coupled with silver, and unique individual handmade cards. Living and working in Newtonmore, she has developed skills in both fields with pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets in her range including pieces utilising Picasso Jasper, Haematite and Pearls together with complex cards for all occasions.

Her work is available through Chapel House Arts in Kingussie, Creative Cairngorms events, and annually in her own exhibition at the Iona Gallery in Kingussie.

EJ’s Highland Creations

EJ’s Highland Creations is the brainchild of Ellen Thornell and was founded in May 2022 to showcase the artists skills as a crafter and photographer. She is constantly inspired by the natural beauty in the Highlands of Scotland, and has created a business making individually handmade gift items.

Where possible she has created products using materials that are recycled, sustainable, and eco-friendly. Her aim is to produce lovely products that have the minimum impact on the environment. The resin jewellery and creations feature heather and other natural materials that have been collected locally and dried by the artist herself. She also design and make products such as scarves and tote bags featuring my uniquely-available photographs printed on fabric.

To find out more about Creative Cairngorms, click here. 

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23 – 30 April: Creative Cairngorms

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.