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It was a pleasure for Garnock Valley Cllr Margaret Johnson and I, to attend the launch of the exhibition, Exploring Ayrshire from Kilbirnie artist, Rebecca Scott, Weirdfolk, in The Studio and Gallery - Kilbirnie Art Gallery, today.

This is an exhibition of all new artwork and photography by Rebecca Scott is the result of her delving into this fascinating county rich with history, storytelling and legend, in the form of a selection of photographs from a diverse range of sites from castles to ancient cup and ring marks to the site of witch executions.

Ayrshire has so much to offer and the artist seeks to provide her insight into its culture and encourage people to visit places of interest.

As well as the photography, the exhibition consists of new artworks inspired by local folktales and the strangeness found in them. The work is experimental and created with mixed media featuring inks, pastels, pencil and acrylics. Many beings have been drawn from wee folk to strange creatures.

Combining photographs of physical places that visitors can go to themselves with depictions of folkloric figures in her own vision and style, Rebecca hopes to present the duality of Ayrshire - the actual and the imagined.

This exhibition runs from 7th October to the end of the month in Kilbirnie Gallery which is open from 2pm-5pm every day except Sundays and Wednesdays.

Catch it if you can.


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