Festive nutcrackers featuring drawings by local schoolchildren are on display at the Livingston Center

A festive exhibit featuring 10 towering Christmas nutcrackers with drawings by talented local artists is now on display at the Livingston Center.

The Nutcrackers also stand on a series of pedestals that feature impressive artwork designed by local competition winners, including schools, community groups and artists.

Nutcrackers are 10 feet tall

It follows a series of year-long art and photography exhibitions, which is part of the mall’s ‘Year of Kindness’ campaign which was designed to bring the community together to move up. the morale of buyers during their visit.

The Christmas Nutcracker exhibit was another great way for the mall to engage with budding artists by having a contest to design the baseboards.

Among the winners chosen by the management team to print their festive scenes on the plinths was Skye McLeish, a very talented student at Cedarbank School, who used lots of bright Christmas colors to bring her festive artwork. , titled “My Favorite Time of the Year”. , to live.

It features beautiful Christmas trees, holly, robins and candy canes, reminding her of everything she loves about this special time of year.

Chris Young, a visual artist from Livingston, was also included on the trail with his work “Ensemble” which represents memories of his teenage years growing up in the city.

Chris is currently co-organizing an exhibition at the Howden Park Center entitled: “Carving Concrete – A Brief History of Livingston Skatepark”. As part of the exhibition, Chris designed and painted a large-scale work of art on the back wall of the Livingston Skatepark

Charlotte Alexander inspects one of the statues

In addition to seeing their works on display as part of the exhibition and their inspiration, each artist also received a gift card to spend at the mall.

Ashley Bisland, Deputy Director of the Center, Livingston, said: “Our Christmas Nutcracker exhibit is the culmination of a fantastic year of art and photography exhibits that we presented in the mall as part of the of our “Year of Kindness” campaign.

“This year it was important for us to work closely with the community to help give them a platform to showcase their talents and also brighten up our shoppers’ day when they visit the mall.

“We’re sure our shoppers will love our giant, brightly colored Christmas nutcrackers located around the mall and will enjoy reading all about the incredibly talented artists we had the honor to work with and who designed the plinths. ”

Carol McDonald, Acting Principal at Cedarbank School, said: “I want to congratulate Skye on her outstanding achievement in having her beautiful, festive artwork included in the Centre’s Christmas Nutcracker exhibit.

“Everyone at Cedarbank School is extremely proud and thrilled that the wider community can also discover Skye’s wonderful talent.

“We are all really looking forward to visiting the Center to see the work of all the winning artists in the exhibition.”

The Nutcrackers can be found at the Livingston Center

Other contributors to the artwork include West Lothian LGBT Youth Group, Kidzeco, Moore House Academy, Illustrator and Artist Chiara Celini, Briony Helen Illustrations, Designer Natalie Griffin, Eve McLinden, and Artist Lisa Ainslie.

The mall’s giant “Message of Kindness” mural of heartfelt messages from members of the community was the first exhibition presented this year, followed by the unveiling of “All roads lead to the center” by artist Gregor Louden , Originator of Livingston, which honors people who have gone above and beyond to help others in the community.

Others include the work “Community Connections” by Cassandra Harrison, which is a vibrant interpretation of Livingston, the famous “Hug” work of art by Mark McPhelim, photographs including The Orion taken by talented astrophotographer Helena Cochrane have also been featured. been on display and a Paddington Trail, presented and built by BRICKLIVE.

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