Local artist saves the day at charity event

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A renowned Deeside artist has stepped forward to save a local charity event, which has been run by the Rotary Club for 13 years.

Howard Butterworth of the Butterworth Gallery at Ballogie, saved the day after the designated artist for the club’s annual art event had to pull out last minute for health reasons.

The Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities through the event, at which an artist paints a picture in front of a live audience who watch progress of the picture which is projected onto a cinema sized screen.

At the end of the evening the picture is auctioned for charity.

Previous artists have included Alison Ewan, Jonathan Wheeler, Michael Kitchen, Sandie Youngson, Jack Findlay, David Newbatt, Michael Samson, Jane Birrell and the late Eric Auld.

Howard Butterworth moved to Aberdeenshire from Yorkshire in the 1960s.

In 2006, he famously created 15 oil paintings of the River Dee, which were sold for up to £13,000 each, with 30% of the proceeds donated to the River Dee Trust

One of the paintings was bought by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The local artist also created ‘Poppy’, one of the sculptures on show as part of the Wild Dolphins event in Aberdeen in 2014. Poppy was auctioned to raise funds for The Archie Foundation and WDC.

Finding a replacement artist to paint at the event at such short notice was just one of the problems that had to be overcome in order for the 2015 fundraiser to go ahead.

The event has previously been generously sponsored by Stuart Spence and held in the ballroom of the Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel.

The announcement last year that the Marcliffe was closing put the event in jeopardy until another suitable venue was found.

This second problem was solved when the Hilton Treetops hotelstepped up to the mark and sponsored the event with a reduced function room rate.

This year’s Art Event will take place on Sunday, May 17, with doors opening at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets cost £15, students £8 and outlets to purchase these can be found via the Rotary Club of Aberdeen Deeside’s website www.aberdeendeesiderotary.org.uk. Tickets may also be ordered and paid for on the website.

Charities which will benefit from this year’s event include Friends of Anchor, The Teenage Cancer Trust and other Rotary Charities.

The Rotary Club meets at the Cults Hotel on Wednesday evening starting at 6.45 pm.