August 08, 2021
Summer is well underway and it's been great to see people back exploring Royal Deeside and the gallery once again.
Exploration of the North East has really kicked off this weekend as the #LightTheNorth Trail for Clan Cancer Support launched.
In partnership with Wild in Art, they are set to raise significant funds for and awareness of the vital support provided by Clan to people affected by cancer across the northeast, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. 50 2.5 meter tall Lighthouses have been designed by some of the UK’s most talented artists, including Howard and Mary Louise. As per previous finales of the fundraising trails such as "The Dolphins" and the "Oor Willies" each of the lighthouse sculptures will be auctioned off and the funds raised will help Clan to support even more people affected by cancer.
Howards "Guardian of the Glen" No.10 is showcased with us in the window of the gallery, whilst Mary Louise's Ke:Kun Studio No.13 "The Battle" joins 2 others on along the route of the new Peterhead Trail.
Over the years Howard and Mary Louise have risen to the challenges of painting the many shapes and sizes of sculptures that have featured as part of the fundraising art trails that have taken part in the North East of Scotland. Dolphins and Anchors have been the favourites, with each the heartfelt inspiration comes from the way each of our artists are touched by the charities causes.
"Light the North" for Clan Cancer support is no different as like many families we carry the hidden scars that cancer brings. Each of our artists inspiration represents a strong message of hope along with the positive symbolism of the lighthouse to help Light the North in these challenging times that we have all endured.
"Guardian of the Glen" painted by Howard
The heather covered Highland hills are one of Howard's favourite places to paint and a constant source of inspiration. The sculpture evokes the powerful healing force of being outdoors surrounded by nature combined with the symbolism of the lighthouse as protection.
"The Battle" painted by Mary Louise for Ke:Kun Studios
The Kraken and the lighthouse in battle represent those fearful, dark times we face in our lives and the light, inner strength and resilience we summon to withstand them. The light within us is brighter than the darkness around us.
Find out more about "The Light The North Lighthouse Trail" HERE
To download load the app Click Here or scan the plaques at any of the 140 lighthouses.