Painters make their mark

09/12/2011  Painting exhibition by Ivor Hart
09/12/2011 Painting exhibition by Ivor Hart

Local artists have been making a splash.

Denny professional Helen Runciman was commissioned by the Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal (RSEA) to produce a painting which would represent both Rangers and the conflicts British soldiers have been involved in since WW1.

The painting, which was unveiled at a fundraising dinner recently, shows the Queen with images from the two world wars, through to soldiers and the Rangers team bowing their heads in respect.

Erskine cares for ex-servicemen and women. And to celebrate its 95th anniversary, a limited edition of 95 prints was produced with proceeds going to the hospital.

Helen said: “I was extremely proud to be asked to paint the Erskine commission for the Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal and pleased that the painting will hang in the Erskine hospital at Bishopton.

“It is great to be involved in such a worthwhile charity, especially while doing something I love.

“Since being launched in October, the limited edition prints of the painting have sold extremely well with only a few remaining, which is pleasing for me and, more importantly, excellent for the charity.”

Retired teacher Ivor Hart has also been making his mark on the local art scene.

Mr Hart, who can regularly be found at his studio in Denny, is staging his first exhibition at Falkirk Town Hall which will run until the end of February.

The Falkirk dad-of-two said: “The exhibition is of 15 acrylic paintings which have elements of representational and abstract works. There’s also an emphasis on colour so it’s very much personal composition.”

Mr Hart’s work can be seen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and also on evenings when the town hall is open.

To view Helen’s work visit or call in at her studio in Winchester Avenue in Denny.

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