Artist couple's work on display

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AN EXHIBITION of work by local artists Ted and Elizabeth Odling opened in Helensburgh on Saturday.

Following the success of the exhibition of her parents work which daughter Noelle set up on Lismore last autumn, it has been moved to Helensburgh Library on West King Street and will be open until October 31.

The couple met at Glasgow School of Art in 1949 and married three years later. They lived and worked on the west coast throughout their long careers as artists, both at Glasgow School of Art and as freelance artists on commission.

When Ted first came to Scotland he lived briefly in the Rowmore Studios at Rhu, and in 1965 the couple moved to Helensburgh where they lived for 17 years — first in Craigendoran Avenue and from 1968 at Balcarron, Upper John Street.

Ted was an accomplished musician, and played in the Helensburgh Saturday Ochestra.

In 1982, when Ted retired from the Art School at the age of 60, they moved to the island of Lismore. Elizabeth died in Glasgow in 2003, and Ted in a care home in Benderloch in 2007.

Over the years they accomplished a large body of work, Ted as a landscape artist, musical instrument maker and model maker, and Elizabeth with water colours, wood and copper engravings, embroidery and quilts.

In 2012 their family donated two paintings to the Anderson Trust Local Collection, and Noelle published a book of their work.

Pictured at the well-attended opening are, from left, Mary Duncan, Barbara Bruce, Noelle Odling, David Bruce, and Kim Selwood, who organised and hung the exhibition.

  • Photo by Donald Fullarton.