Art exhibition at Invergordon British Legion Club to help it, town museum and Poppy Scotland

Hugh Ross, secretary of the Invergordon branch of the Royal British Legion and administrator of the museum and Louise Holling, organizer of events outside the Invergordon museum. Pictured: James Mackenzie.

Efforts to restore a historic building in Easter Ross to community center status while honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict are set in the frame via a special art exhibition.

Opening the exhibition on Friday 4th November will raise funds for the British Legion of Invergordon, the Invergordon Museum and Poppy Scotland.

Generous artists working in a variety of media have donated pieces for the event which follows the success of an inaugural art exhibition last year.

It is assembled by passionate local artist Louise Holling, whose father, Hugh Ross, is secretary of the local Legion branch.

Hopes are high that the free entry event will give a boost to efforts to restore the legion’s status as a local hub.

Ms Holling said: “Last year, when we were just emerging from coronavirus restrictions, the event raised £800 over the weekend. We hope opening night will be a little busier this year.

“The museum will also be open alongside the art exhibition which will feature everything from bookmarks costing £5 to an oil painting for £800.”

It opens Friday November 4 from 6-9pm with the promise of music from local artist, Dagger Gordon.

It will then open the weekend of November 5/6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ms Holling added: ‘We have asked for donations of art which we will display and sell with funds earmarked for the causes.

“Although the main theme is poppies, I have accepted anything related to the Royal Legion or the armed forces. The things that happen are just beautiful.

It is expected that ceramics and crafts will be included with the paintings.

Pupils from local South Lodge and Park primary schools will have the chance to get involved in a kids’ corner on activities that fit into the school curriculum.

Ms Holling added: ‘The Invergordon Legion was once such a big hub. They need more funding and this event aims to put some back into the community.

“It’s a very good location and a very nice building.

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