Kirk art exhibition

From left: event organiser Marianne MacGregor, prize winners Eilidh McMurdo, Niamh McIvor, Emma Park, Karishma Chandi, Lisa Milligan and Susan Howie, and judges Alistair Auld and Janet Forrie.
From left: event organiser Marianne MacGregor, prize winners Eilidh McMurdo, Niamh McIvor, Emma Park, Karishma Chandi, Lisa Milligan and Susan Howie, and judges Alistair Auld and Janet Forrie.

MEARNS Kirk welcomed hundreds of neighbours to its recent art exhibition — the first of many activities planned for next year’s bicentenary.

The exhibition, held last weekend, allowed pupils from five local schools to submit ideas for a bicentenary logo.

The competition received 323 entries, and taking the top three places were Emma Park, of Mearns Castle high, Susan Howie of Kirkhill primary and Niamh McIvor, of Mearns primary.

Kirk elder Gordon Wilson told The Extra: “It was lovely to see the hall so full of children and parents — many of whom would never have been in Mearns Kirk premises before.

“Having so many study the building for their paintings and drawings certainly raised its profile in the community, and it’s very apparent how much thought, time and imagination had gone into creating all the entries”.

The art show coincided with an exhibition of historic photographs of the Newton Mearns church, which proved popular with attendees old and young.