THE LAUNCH of this year’s Anderson Trust exhibition in Helensburgh Library in West King Street took place on February 1 to the acclaim of many local residents, past and present.
It features writings by local writers which are displayed side by side with the paintings from the Collection that inspired them. To accompany this exhibition, the Anderson Trust has produced a book, entitled 'Images', which is on sale price £6 at the Scandinavian Shop and in Helensburgh Library.
Welcoming guests, William F.T.Anderson, chairman of the Anderson Trust, expressed his support for this collaboration between the Trust and the Helensburgh and District Writers’ Workshop which has been of mutual benefit.
He said that the combination of the visual and literary arts would have been warmly welcomed by the donor of this bequest, his aunt, Miss Annie Templeton (Nance) Anderson, whose interest in the creative arts ranged widely.
Catriona Malan, representing the Writers’ Workshop, spoke of the interesting stimulus that this project had provided for writers, some of whom may have been experiencing 'writers’ block', and applauded the exhibition.
Many of the paintings on display evoke memories of Helensburgh, some 50, 60 or more years ago, and a number of guests were heard reminiscing about childhood scenes on sight of, for example, A.N.Paterson’s Skating Pond or Harry Barnes’ Rhu Point or Gregor Ian Smith’s Glen Fruin.
Councillor Maurice Steuart Corry, himself a member of an established Helensburgh family, spoke of the valuable contribution that the Anderson Trust Collection makes to the cultural life of the community.
The Anderson Trust Collection has benefitted and grown over the years through the acquisition of new paintings by donation, purchase or bequest, and one section of the current exhibition is devoted to art works acquired during the last year.
Two very accomplished watercolours of submarines by the late Robert Barbour have augmented the Trust’s collection of local marine paintings. Trident shows the submarine leaving the Gareloch and was purchased last year. In addition, the Trust is indebted to Mrs Barbour, the artist's widow, for the donation of HMS Superb’s Last Patrol.
Daffodils by Neil MacLeod, another well-known local artist and member of the Anderson Trust’s local committee, forms a bright, spring-like counterpart to Ailsa Tanner’s Poppies on the opposite wall.
The Book Lover is an individually produced mixed media print on hand-made paper by the London-based artist, Jim Anderson.
A member of the Royal Society of Painter-Print Makers, he works with a variety of different techniques, often using found or recycled materials, and in his wide ranging subject matter he combines social satire and surrealism. He exhibits internationally and has won a number of prestigious prizes in national exhibitions.
Mr Anderson said that he felt this was an appropriate purchase for the Collection because of the artist’s relationship to his great aunt Nance Anderson.
He added that the quality of his work was high, and this particular print reflected Nance Anderson’s interest in books and her close connection with Helensburgh Library, which was formerly the Templeton Library.