>> 7 September 2010

Local MSP, Alex Salmond, has launched a month long exhibition of a new, innovative local product – art frames made from whisky barrels.

The product, which is environmentally friendly and sustainable, was created by local artisan and expert framer and woodworker – Gordon Skinner of Fintray Fine Framing – who is a Fine Art Trade Guild Commended Framer.

The launch at Touched by Scotland featured local distillery, Ardmore, from whose barrels the frames are made. It was attended by well over a hundred guests.

Commenting Mr Salmond said:

“I am honoured to be involved in the launch of these whisky barrel frames and it’s great to see so many local people here supporting art in our community.

“The great thing about these frames is that they are local from their origin. From the whisky that is aged in them, to the artist who created these beautiful works – this product pays testimony to the depth of culture that the North East has to offer.”

Mr Skinner added:

“I’m delighted Alex is here supporting our launch.

“This is a truly local product but we now have orders for our locally produced frames from all over the world.

“By reclaiming wood rather than scraping or burning – our frames have already lived a former life and are sustainable, eco-friendly and most importantly part of the area in which we live.”

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