The 2011 Under the Influence Art Exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday 5th July after the private preview on Monday 4th. This is the 10th year of the exhibition, which began originally as part of the centenary celebrations of the birth of the much loved Scottish author Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
The exhibition illustrates the variety of work that the writings of Lewis Grassic Gibbon has inspired or influenced. As always entries are in a variety of mediums and this year they include: poetry, photography, watercolours, acrylics, oils, drawing, woodwork, sewn work, ceramics and sculpture. As well as a platform for exhibiting their work artists also have the opportunity for their work to be sold and over the first week £1300 worth of work has been sold.
During the years since his premature death the writing of Lewis Grassic Gibbon has been an inspiration to many people. Jack Webster wrote in 1995 “Lewis Grassic Gibbon, great literary light of the twentieth century, who so changed my life in the course of a day that I have remained for ever in his debt the day I read his remarkable Sunset Song, suddenly opened my eyes to the deeper beauty of that life which surrounded me; opened my ears to the land which now seemed to have a voice of its own.”
The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 31st July at the Grassic Gibbon Centre during normal opening hours. Entry to the exhibition is free.