Marion bids farewell to Skye gallery after nearly 40 years

A Skye art gallery is to close after almost 40 years.

The Orbost Gallery, near Dunvegan, was opened by Marion and David Roberts in the 1970s, becoming one of just six arts and crafts businesses on the island. There are now over 60.

As well as selling their own works – in watercolour and oils respectively – the couple sold art materials and did framing and restoration work.

Following the death of David 17 years ago, the gallery was briefly run by Paul Kershaw before Marion took on running it by herself. She has now decided to close the gallery, allowing her more time to travel and visit friends, but says she will remain on Skye.

She said: “I love Skye and will stay here and continue to paint here and elsewhere. I may have exhibitions of my watercolours and calligraphy from time to time in Edinburgh as I have had in the past. I shall continue to sell online and possibly give the occasional painting tuition again.

“I feel that Orbost Gallery has run its course and it has been very good.”