SELF PORTRAIT WINS AMATEUR CATEGORY

The winner of the amateur category at the Meffan's Winter Exhibition has now been announced.

Visitors to the exhibition were asked to vote for their favourite artwork by an amateur artist - the ballot has now closed and the votes have been counted.

The winner is James Watt for his resin bronze 'Self Portrait 1992'.

The Winter Exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and runs until Saturday, December 31. All the artworks are for sale, so it is an ideal opportunity to purchase a unique last minute gift or an investment for the future.

The exhibition has attracted entries from all over Scotland and is a firm favourite with visitors.

The 2010 exhibition, the 18th held at The Meffan art gallery and museum since it opened in 1992, has proven bigger than ever with more entries than any previous year.

Both professional and amateur artists alike submit their work to be scrutinised by the selection panel. The winner of the professional category was Jessamy Kelly's glass sculptures Wings and Wedge. Second prize went to Claire Ramsay and third to Linda Masson

Details of the first exhibition for 2011 at The Meffan have also been announced.

Dualism: Portraits & Poems by artist Chris Park, is an exhibition featuring poems juxtaposed with photographic portraits of their authors. Aligning the poet's outer shell with the thoughts and ideas that stem from within serve to both contrast and bring together the inner and outer life.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, January 8 and runs until Saturday, February 5.