AFTER generating considerable local interest during the past six months the annual exhibition in Helensburgh Library of paintings from the Anderson (Local Collection) Trust has closed.
A significant feature of this recent exhibition was the participation of local senior schools in an art competition funded by the Trust. Pupils from Hermitage Academy and Lomond School submitted their own pictures on local themes to complement those illustrated in paintings from the Collection.
When the school art work and the Trust paintings were hung together it resulted in a very lively and thought-provoking display. The Trustees also agreed that the Collection would benefit from the acquisition of one or two of the pictures from the Schools Competition.
After some deliberation. as the overall standard was very high, two pictures were selected — “Inchmurrin Hen”, a Linoprint by Isla Scott (17) of Lomond School, and “The Hill House”, a Mixed Media painting by Nathan Walker (14) of Hermitage Academy.
The Trustees are grateful to Isla and Nathan for kindly donating their pictures to the Anderson Trust permanent collection. Neither of these pupils is considering a career in art, but both show talent and an evident interest in this field which the Trustees hope will enrich their lives whatever course they pursue.
This sentiment and, indeed, this whole venture of collaboration with local schools, correspond closely with the wishes of Nance Anderson, the originator of the Collection, who was always generous in her support for young people and schools in the town.