May Update

This month, Fearnan Art Club has been getting out and about and members paid a visit to Highland Safaris at Dull for the first of this year’s outdoor sketching and painting sessions. It was a glorious day with wonderful blue skies and, after a brief consideration of where in the world they should go next, they got down to some serious work.

The Art Club are running an Open Day on the 4th June 1pm – 4pm in Fearnan Hall.  It’s a chance to come along and try different media and experiment with charcoal, watercolours, acrylics, or pastels.  You can even try felting and have a cup of tea.

The Art Club are keen to stress that it’s not about being “good” at whatever you choose to do, but about enjoying it, along with other people who just enjoy making marks on paper!

The Club has a forward programme of outdoor painting and sketching sessions which is now on the What’s On page of the blog. The next few dates and venues are listed below:

Monday 14th May 1-4 pm: Sketching around Fearnan.  The Club has permission to sketch on Shoreside’s private beach.

Monday 21st May 1-4 pm:  Taymouth Castle – meet at the far entrance to Taymouth on the Aberfeldy road.  Bluebells should be out.

Monday 4th June 1-4pm: Art Club Open Day at the hall.

Monday 11th June 1-4pm – trip to Bolfracks Gardens.

Monday 18th June 1-4pm: trip to Castle Menzies.

Monday 25th June 1-4 pm:  Keltneyburn Meadow.  The orchids should be out.

Monday 2nd July 1-4 pm – meet at Fearnan Hall. Subject: Sketching from Photographs.

The Club would be delighted to be joined by anyone who would like to come and explore their untapped artistic potential, or to rediscover skills they haven’t used for years. Materials can be provided, so no need to come fully equipped. Why not come along?  More info (and encouragement) from Cath McGregor (contact email on the Art Club section of the What’s On page), or Jo Millar.

May Coffee Morning

The May Coffee Morning was a delightful mix of regulars, holiday visitors, members’ friends and relatives, and the walking group. It was very sociable and fun and, as ever, there was an excellent spread of both sweet and savoury goodies.


It all ran smoothly, apart from a near-miss when the chocolate cake was accidently left on a hot griddle while the hall was being set up ………

Poppy Brigade

The Poppy Brigade has been busy, and we now have some 400 knitted Fearnan Poppies (Papaver fearnanea, for the horticulturalists).  Many thanks to all who have contributed so far. We were delighted to receive the first of our international poppy contributions from Canada (Papaver b. columbia).  Many thanks to Alastair Barnett and Rusty Barnard for their beautifully knitted contributions which are much appreciated.

Part of our first international poppy consignment!

Cath has started to sketch some designs for using the poppies at the War Memorial in November and to work out how many we will need in total. It has become apparent that some black poppies (same pattern, but in black) would be very helpful.  They will be used to help define the numbers in the dates 1914 – 1918 and ‘100 years’ which will be part of the display.  More red poppies needed as well!

Coming Shortly……..

There’s a concert on Sunday 20th May at 7.30pm in the Big Shed. Tickets £10 on the door.

Sophie Ramsay and Sarah Smout are returning to the Big Shed by popular request. Perthshire born and bred, Sophie Ramsay combines old and new, singing Scots folk songs alongside new ones with fresh poetic lyrics and European folk influences. Sarah Smout is a cellist, singer and songwriter from Yorkshire.

The next Fearnan Coffee Morning is on Tuesday 5th June in the village hall at 10.30 – 12.00, and on Saturday 21st July it’s Strawberry Tea Time 15.00 -17.00. Cakes, tarts, scones, sandwiches, ice cream and more – all made or served with strawberries. Live music.


About Fearnan Village Association

Fearnan Village Association was formed in 2007 to provide a means through which those who live in the village can come together to discuss and respond to issues of importance to the village, particularly those that will have an impact on our quality of life. We also organise social events, such as the very popular Pudding Night in February, Strawberry TeaZ in July, and other events and coffee mornings throughout the year.
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