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Tiny works of art capturing the true essence of the Western Isles will hang at the new exhibition opening at Talla na Mara, Horgabost on 1 October.

And the artworks – all donated by island artists – will be for sale at an easily affordable price to raise money for two excellent local causes.

Island Art for Giving was launched as an idea in January this year, with artists asked to submit works in any medium, constrained only by the postcard size of 6x4inches (15x10cm).

Needless to say, the intervention of COVID-19 meant the original exhibition date in June had to be cancelled, but lockdown may even have helped to offer some creatives the time and space to produce their contributions.

An impressive response from artists throughout March and April means that 79 genuine original artworks will be hanging at Talla na Mara for 10 days, a tempting array for would-be purchasers.

Talla na Mara manager Linda Armstrong said: “We are raising funds through Island Art for Giving for Bethesda Hospice and for the West Harris beach access fund, which is aimed at buying a beach-access wheelchair which can be borrowed for use anywhere in West Harris.

“We’ve been stunned by the tremendous range and quality of works donated by generous artists for these causes – in all kinds of media including oils, acrylics, watercolours and even a stone-carving and a wall-hanging.

“The works are all on exhibition from 1-10 October and on sale for a £40 donation, or more if the purchaser is feeling generous. Because the works have all been donated and because Lewis artist Gill Thompson has mounted them for nothing, all the money raised will go to our two charities.”

There will be an online gallery too, at, giving art-lovers a chance to acquire an original miniature work of art at an affordable price, and in aid of two very deserving charities.

Linda said “"We're very grateful to all the artists who have contributed to Island Art for Giving and we're hoping to see plenty of folk either here at Talla na Mara, or online to enjoy the artworks and perhaps arrange to take one home."

Pictures show some of the artworks for exhibition and sale: Luskentyre and North Harris by R Gadd and Croft by the Sea by A J Barber.