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An exhibition of the art of
E. Grieg Hall (1929-2017)
3rd Nov - 31st Dec
Grieg was born in Birmingham. The son of a butcher, he grew up in the Midlands. Having trained as an engineering draughtsman, his interest in drawing and painting was developed when he spent time in the Lake District on leave from National Service. His love of the hills and mountains became the inspiration for his work. He began exhibiting in a gallery in Grasmere in the 1950s, then in 1965 went on to open his own gallery/studio in the centre of Grasmere. Running his own gallery allowed him to be involved in his art whilst also providing time to explore and draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape.
Later he swapped the hills of Lakeland for the higher and more rugged hills of Wester Ross, settling with his wife Dorothy in the village of Torridon. They were a devoted couple, sharing a love of the outdoors and the arts, particularly music. Dorothy was an accomplished pianist.
Climbing and walking played a large part in his life. Grieg enjoyed best of both worlds, out on the hill on good days and painting at every other opportunity. He climbed Beinn Eighe, “a hill of outstanding merit”, over 300 times. The unpredictability of the weather taught him to work quickly. He would often be spotted parked in his Volvo in Glen Torridon with paper propped up against the steering wheel!
Thanks to the generosity of the trustees of the artist's estate, all proceeds from the sale of the paintings in this exhibition will be donated to Gairloch Museum.
27th Oct - 27th Nov
March 2019 marked the centenary of the death of Sir Hugh Munro, author of Munro's Tables, which listed the Scottish mountains of 3000 feet or more. In the last 100 years, climbing the 282 'Munros' has become a remarkably popular activity. Within 15 miles of Gairloch there are 17 Munros, including some of the finest such as An Teallach, Liathach, Beinn Alligin, A' Mhaighdean and Slioch.
To mark the anniversary of Sir Hugh Munro’s death, the Munro Society has produced an exhibition about the story of the Munro phenomenon. This exhibition was created for display in venues around Scotland, including in the Scottish Parliament. We are delighted to have secured the exhibition for Gairloch Museum during the autumn of 2020.