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Arts & culture Event

Wed, 1st Mar 23 - Fri, 31st Mar 23 10:00 - 16:00

Life: Past and Present, Land and Loch - Art by Helen Butler

Anstruther & Cellardyke


Scottish Fisheries Museum
Anstruther & Cellardyke
East Neuk of Fife
KY10 3AB
01333 310628

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We’re pleased to welcome Helen Butler, an artist from Argyll, to display her work in our Merchant’s Room community art gallery for the fist time and tell the inspiring story behind her art. Helen had suspected meningitis at 11 months old which caused scar tissue on the brain triggering seizures at age nine. In her 20s the seizures became more aggressive, Helen suffered up to 25 fits a week and was left with horrible injuries including a broken nose and collarbone. In 2018, Helen underwent brain surgery at Queen Elizabeth hospital, since when, she has been seizure free. She has now completed major milestones like passing her driving test and has been focusing on her paintings, a selection of which she donated to the hospital that gave her her freedom back. Helen started painting again shortly after her operation. The artist told us, “I went to art college when I was younger and used my paints that I haven’t used for 18 years. It feels so good to give a positive story to other people going through the surgery route. The operations sound really daunting but since I have been through that journey I can show other people through my art that it can be a good thing. I painted a seahorse about a month after the surgery and gave it to my neurosurgeon during my first check-up. Then I got the tattoo of the painting on my arm, it was in a way a tribute to my surgery and reminds me of my new life now. I decided to donate more paintings to the hospital because I wanted to tell my story in a positive way and say thanks. I hope it helps other people.”

The selected works include etchings, paintings and pyrography and bring a splash of colour to our Merchant's Room  as we welcome spring. A selection of Helen’s cards is also available in the Museum Shop. 'Life' runs until 31st March, is free to Waves Café customers and is closed on Tuesdays.

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