The area has long been established as a haven for artists. The exceptional quality of light and the unspoilt character of Donside will captivate those wanting artistic inspiration. The glen offers year round artistic interest.

Artists & Galleries

A lively community of artists live in the area with groups and individuals presenting a widely varying range of styles and media.

Helen Denerly Sculptress

Helen Denerley

Helen Denerley's inspirational works have brought her to the forefront of the Scottish sculptural scene. Her sculptures possess a vitality and animation which defy the very nature of the materials used. Incorporating both new and scrap metal, she creates powerful images which both inspire and uplift.

019756 51481 helen@helendenerley.co.uk

Lost Gallery

Lost Gallery Aldachuie, Strathdon.

The Lost Gallery is owned and run by Peter and Jean Goodfellow. It shows contemporary Scottish painting and sculpture of an adventurous nature. Always on show is Goodfellow's own work, which varies from lyrical colourist, Scottish watercolour landscapes to abstract symbolist spiritual oils. Opening times Wed-Sun 11.00am - 5.00pm April to November. By appointment at other times.

019756 51287 Peter@lostgallery.co.uk

Music

Music has always played an important role in the cultural life of this rural community. The most visual aspect of this has been represented by two pipe bands:

Lonach Pipe Band

The Lonach Pipe Band

The Lonach Pipe Band can trace it's roots to the 1840's, but until the 1950's the band only played once a year at Lonach. The members were local men who played the pipes and drums. During the late 1950's the band began to accept invitations to play at events other than Lonach.

Gradually their popularity, as an entertaining band, has grown in North East Scotland and beyond and now each year they have a busy calendar of events. Lonach have traveled to Hungary, France, Russia, Germany, Norway and Ireland in the last 10 years, promoting Scottish heritage and culture wherever they go.

Contact A Laing, 019755 71277

Towie Pipe Band

The Towie & District Pipe Band

Established in the late 1970’s, the band aims to provide good quality musical entertainment. They play at many events throughout the north east of Scotland.

With a broad range of venues which extend from local Highland Games to top Aberdeen night clubs. In recent years they have had the opportunity to extend their audience by playing overseas.

E-Mail: info@towiepipeband.co.uk

The Lonach Hall regularly hosts musical events; from rock bands to ceilidh's. Touring theatre companies can often be seen here too. For details please see www.lonach-hall.com/whatson

Classes

Local classes and clubs are encouraged and supported or organised by Community Education which is based at Alford Community Centre. Open 9.30am to 5pm. Courses vary, phone for details.

019755 63651 or E-mail alford.cec@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

More information can be found at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Crafts

Simon Baker www.case-maker.com

Simon Baker has for over 20 years made some of the world's finest traditional hand-stitched Victorian quality luggage, including bridle-leather attaché and brief-cases; underarm document & folio cases: duffle bags, holdalls, sports bags, toilet and other travel requisites.

Also specialising in supplying state of the art portfolio books, portfolio bags and cases to professional photographers, graphic artists, advertising and multinational companies who are looking for superior quality with a design edge.

Every item is hand-made by Simon Baker, so you are assured of personal attention. Because of this, all products can be tailored to your specific needs.

019756 51213 simon@casemaker.com

..and Nearby

Syllavethy Gallery

Located a mile north of Alford, Syllavethy Gallery offers an 'encounter' with fine art. Mike and Susan Gassaway introduce visitors to works by internationally known artists from Britain, China and America. Portrait specialists. Please telephone before making a special trip to ensure they are open.

019755 62273

Many galleries exist around the Donside area as well as in Donside itself. For those wanting to explore the wide range of artistic talent we would suggest the Braemar Gallery, Braemar; McEwan Gallery, Ballater on Deeside. The Scottish Sculpture Workshop is at nearby Lumsden and, slightly further afield, Tolquhon Gallery, Tarves.