Memories are made of this

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A popular Pitullie artist launched her 2012 calendar last week which Brochers are sure to enjoy.

Isobel Gregory has created a stunning calendar of watercolours inspired by Fraserburgh and the surrounding area in days gone by. Speaking to the Herald, Isobel said: “I have chosen buildings in and around Fraserburgh which no longer exist but have particular memories for me.

“The Playhouse was a very beautiful Art deco style building which evokes memories of many happy hours at the Saturday afternoon matinee. The Alexandra Hotel which reminds me of many dinner dances of the sixties and the Railway station means special Broch Holiday Mondays to Aberdeen.”

However, not all the buildings were chosen for their beauty as Isobel explained, “the Gas Works and the Gut Factory were chosen for the memories of their smells and Rosehearty swimming pool and the prefabs are about sunny summer days and “back gairden” concerts.”

The six page calendar has two watercolours per page alongside a ‘doric dittie’ written by Valerie Duthie which recreates the atmosphere and ignites the memories of days gone by. Isobel added: “I hope some of these paintings touch a happy snapshot for the past to many of my generation and although these buildings are gone the younger generation may have heard parents or grandparents talking about them and are able to pass on reminiscences.

“I would also like to thank Valerie Duthie for her Doric Ditties which enhance the pictures.”

Calendars and original paintings will be exhibited for sale during North East Open Studios from September 10 - 18 at Isobel’s studio at 27 Pitullie.

Calendars can also be purchased by contacting Isobel by email to isobelgregory@pitullie.freeserve.co.uk