Local artist’s work goes on show for charity

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A CUMBERNAULD artist and his mother have again been invited to supply paintings for the annual Macmillan nurses cancer art exhibition which is expected to raise more than £100,000 for the charity.

Graeme Sharp, a successful Scottish artist and his mother Patricia are both graduates of Glasgow School of Art.

Graeme is a portrait and figurative painter who has exhibited alongside many major Scottish painters. He is one of Scotland’s up-and-coming artists and his work sells at home and abroad and is collectable.

Graeme lives locally and is a member of the new Cornerstone Church in the town centre.

He said: “I have been involved in the Macmillan fund raising exhibition for several years now and its just great to realise the vast amount of money it raises each year for such a good cause.”

Patricia now lives on the Isle of Tiree where she paints and has recently opened her art studio and gallery to the public.

Both are members of of the Paisley Art Institute. Patricia is a member of the prestigious Glasgow Society of Women Artists. She paints in oil and gouache, land and seascapes, flowers and surreal work to music.

Their work will go on sale along with 700 paintings, sculptures, glass and ceramics at the 26th annual Macmillan ‘84 Committee Art Show which has so far raised more than a staggering £2million for cancer support.

A spokeswoman for the ‘84 Committee said: “The show is one of the highlights of the arts calendar in the West of Scotland. The organising committee members work very hard each year to put on the exhibition and the artists donate half or all of the sale price of their work.

“The cash raised has enabled us to reach more people affected by cancer with services that make a huge difference to them. We are able to give practical, medical, financial and emotional support where and when it is needed.”

Funds raised this year will go towards the maintenance of the chemotherapy unit at the Beatson and clinical nurse specialists in skin cancer, lung cancer, palliative care and a welfare benefits advisor.

Patricia Sharp, who brought her paintings for the exhibition by sea and road, said:”It is a privilege to be involved once again with such a good cause. “

The exhibition runs until Saturday, November 27 at M@Co. 5 Inchinnan Drive, Inchinnan, Renfrew, PA4 9AF. It opens 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

The raffle prize, a painting entitled Wild Poppies Lanark has been donated by celebrated Scottish artist Georgina McMaster. There are also prints and Christmas cards on sale.

Graeme’s work can be viewed on his website.