HRH The Duchess of Rothesay recently attended a private preview of the annual art exhibition organised by the Upper Deeside Art Society (UDAS) in Ballater, on Wednesday 24th August.
Held in the Victoria Hall, the 19th annual UDAS exhibition features 299 works, demonstrating the broad array of talent of UDAS members.
The Duchess, an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society, was able to meet the 58 artists whose works are on display and discuss their creative inspiration.
The sublime landscapes of the Dee Valley continue to inspire local artists, along with botanical, animal and human subjects.
The mediums on display vary from watercolours and oils to delicate sculptures in willow branch, and finely turned bowls in yew and elm wood.
The exhibition is open every day from 10am until 7pm and runs until 4th September and entry is free. The works of art are available for purchase.
UDAS was established in 1992 and now boasts nearly 100 members.
It is open to all amateur artists living in the Upper Deeside area and is a living demonstration that art need not be a solitary pastime.
Members attend regular workshops, demonstrations of creative techniques and talks by professional artists.
In the summer months, UDAS organises painting days at local landmarks, such as Crathes Castle and Finzean House.