Residents will be able to learn about the life of a fascinating painter at a north-east exhibition.
Garioch Heritage Centre, in Inverurie, is showcasing a display to shed more light on William Keith’s story.
Born in Aberdeenshire in 1938, William spent much of his childhood with his grandparents, before the family moved to New York in 1850.
Keith embarked on what was to be a hugely successful career as a painter. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 led to the destruction of Keith’s studio and the loss of almost 2000 paintings and sketches.
Undeterred, Keith picked up his brushes again with renewed energy and many examples of his work remain, including a large collection of around 200 paintings held by Saint Mary’s College of California.
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In 1872, Keith met fellow Scot John Muir and their enduring friendship is the focus of the current exhibition, which features reproductions of Keith’s most famous works and richly illustrated, extensively researched, information panels.
“William Keith and John Muir – Kindred Souls” has been curated by the Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar and is supported by Aberdeenshire Libraries.
The exhibition is open until the end of February.