Carrick artists are in demand

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ARTISTS from Carrick are the pick of the professionals as galleries go in for local exhibitions.

The owner of Maybole’s Cockburn Gallery, Gordon Cockburn, has ‘gone native’ with an exhibition of drawings by Girvan man Patrick McCann – the second time in only four years that the 40-year-old has had his work on show at the venue.

Patrick, 40, of 13 Ainslie Road, has shown artistic promise since his days at Sacred Heart Primary School, where teacher Jim Harrigan nurtured his talent. But it was while studying at Glasgow School of Art that his skill really got noticed – by Ayrshire artist Peter Howson, who exhibited his art at The Third Step Gallery in the city’s prestigious G1 postcode.

Mr Cockburn – whose gallery has been a feature of Maybole’s High Street for more than 10 years – said this latest exhibition is a well-deserved testament to Patrick’s talent.

“His stuff is quite unique and it’s got something to say,” he said. “He has something different. Other artists have seen his drawings and loved them. That is the biggest compliment you can get, really.”

Patrick described his achievement as “very positive”, but parents Sean and Catherine McCann – themselves Girvan residents for more than 40 years – said they were immensely proud.

“When we took the paintings in to Gordon you could see the look on his face,” said Patrick’s father. “He himself is a very talented artist, so that’s a big compliment.”

“Patrick does not realise how good he is,” added Mrs McCann. “But Gordon could see immediately the talent in the things he has been working on.”

Girvan gallery owner and potter Winifred Wright said exhibiting locally produced art is integral in getting communities creative.

The Wave Craft Gallery, on the town’s Knockcushan Street, continually displays work by Ayrshire artists, and those in Winifred’s current exhibition, Creative Carrick, are from even closer to home.

The show features pieces by Girvan artists Ian MacKenzie, Sandra Gallacher and Stuart Clachan, Maidens’ Sandra Pratt and Dunure’s Mareike Sijbrand, as well as Winifred’s own.

“Most summers I try to arrange an exhibition that is just a bit different from my usual contributors,” she said.

“I really just want to encourage people to participate in the arts. It is not just about appreciating art and design, it’s taking part in creative activities. And this is an opportunity for the town to see what our local artists are producing.”

Patrick’s work can be enjoyed at The Cockburn Gallery between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday and 12-4pm on Sundays, while The Wave Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Thursday to Saturday and from 1-4pm on Sundays. Work at both galleries is for sale.