Gordon Forum for the Arts

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Summer 2012

June Hidalgo

A Tribute

June Hidalgo

June Hidalgo (1933–2012) was a major supporter of the arts in Aberdeenshire and as a member of Gordon Forum for the Arts she took over the co-ordination of the Gordon Art Exhibition from Douglas Prosser in 2005. June ran this very successful exhibition with enthusiasm and flair. The Gordon exhibition accepts art from the whole of Aberdeenshire and there are many submissions — around 400 every year. This requires a great deal of detailed organisation in the build up beforehand and at the actual event. It helped greatly in this task that June always had a very positive approach to life in general and invariably treated a problem as something to be solved!

She very much enjoyed heading this event and did an exceptionally good job. Since stepping back from this role last year June has been greatly missed by the team, the artists and visiting public.

As well as running the exhibition June took part herself — she was a gifted sewer and among other talents designed her own needle point patterns. She also became very interested in stained glass through a class with Jane Bayliss and achieved such a level of expertise that friends would commission pieces for their homes.

June supported the community as an active member of the Inverurie Town Hall Group, which had been set up to look at the hall as a building and try to find a way of modernising it that would sit with the users, the townspeople and the need for a large public space in present times.

Cacti and succulent plants were also an interest of June's and she was very knowledgeable on all aspects of these fascinating plants. She had partly learned about this genus through living in the USA and I seem to remember her telling me about seeing agaves and aloes for the first time growing as garden plants. She became very interested in these plants, built up a large collection of them and gave talks on the subject to interested groups.

It is with great sadness that we learned about June's recent death. She was a lively and very active member of the community in Inverurie and will be very much missed by her family; friends; colleagues; neighbours; members of the community. I worked with June on the Gordon Forum Committee and also on the Art Exhibition committee but I also had glimpses of her wider interests and activities which were eclectic and varied and gave a picture of a very full and interesting life — lived with enthusiasm.

Marian Reid

Photo: Ian Clark presents a painting by Doug Prosser to June Hidalgo as a token of our appreciation of the work that June has done for the Forum over the years.

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