Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Fife Council gardeners in War Memorial Gardens with a copy of S. J. Peploe's 'Tulips' (from left) Graeme Dow, Aaron Vines and Gordon Jackson.
Fife Council gardeners in War Memorial Gardens with a copy of S. J. Peploe's 'Tulips' (from left) Graeme Dow, Aaron Vines and Gordon Jackson.
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EVERYBODY has different tastes when it comes to art, and that is why Fife Council Museums is letting the public choose their favourite paintings to go on show in a new exhibition.

Over the next five months, whether you are a fan of Lowry’s matchstick men or you prefer grand Victorian seascapes, you are being asked to select your favourite painting from nearly 500 oils and acrylics in the Museums’ art collection.

The most popular paintings will then go on show in The People’s Pick as the first exhibition in the Kirkcaldy museum, art gallery and library, when it re-opens to the public.

At the moment the historic building, next to the railway station, is encased in scaffolding as it undergoes a £2.5million renovation.

It will reopen in spring 2013, as a modern, vibrant and revitalised venue offering a range of new and improved facilities for information, heritage and art under one roof.

Although based in Kirkcaldy, the Museum and art gallery is for all of Fife and actually had it’s record every turnout for an exhibition when Methil painter Jack Vettriano’s ‘Days Of Wine And Roses’ in 2010.

Councillor David Ross, spokesperson for Fife Council’s housing, communities and local services, explained why he hopes The People’s Pick, will be a real crowd pleaser.

He said: “We all have our favourites in the museum collections, paintings that can lift our mood, or remind us of people and places that we love.

“It is often a very personal choice, and we’d love to hear from people what it is that makes a painting special for them.”

You can vote online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/peoplespick or by picking up a leaflet at your local library or museum.