The Aviemore Gallery was opened in February 2010 by Lizzie Macintyre, whose background in art and design, and passion for making art accessible and affordable, combines to make The Aviemore Gallery THE place to stop off.
Working with the very best artists and craftsmen, The Aviemore Gallery is proud to promote the tremendous range and quality of the creative industries within the Highlands and Scotland.
The Aviemore Gallery is based in the premises occupied by Castlewynd Studios, which was run by Lizzie’s parents James & Mary Crawford until they retired in 1979. Castlewynd Studios, operated on the site during the 1960s and 1970s.
They were well known for producing the iconic Loch Ness monster image – a head and tail with two humps. The pottery also produced earthenware figures of shaggy Highland cattle miniatures and black faced sheep. The image of Nessie was the studio’s biggest success with 40,000 sold each year from 1964-1980. Now, 20 years on, former owner James Crawford’s daughter, Lizzie Macintyre, has taken over the space and rebuilt it as an art gallery and coffee shop.
James and Lizzie, met with nine former employees at the exhibition opening.