New Mural at Stonehaven Heated Outdoor Pool

From Kay Wood –

A TALENTED local artist has given this year’s volunteer push to spruce up Stonehaven’s iconic outdoor swimming pool a colourful boost.

Retired art and design teacher Heather Dickson was persuaded to get back on the tools to add a splash of colour in the cafeteria. Heather joined the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool last summer and was happy to muck in with the rest of the volunteers scraping and painting walls, railings and the sunbathing decks.

But this season her expert brushstrokes were temporarily put to more creative use on an art deco-influenced mural in keeping with the near-90-year-old Olympic-size sea water-filled lido. Heather, who was head of art and design at Portlethen Academy until taking early retirement three years ago, spent two days painting her design.

She said: “I wanted to reflect the colours and shapes from the 1930s era which you can see around the pool.

“Hopefully it’s a feature that will catch the eye of visitors to the cafĂ©. I created the design in my little garden studio at home.

“It was a pleasant change from all the hard graft the volunteers have been doing for several months now.”

Heather, who studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, added: “The pool’s a magical place. I’m from the Borders originally but I learned to swim here during family holidays.”

After years in the classroom Heather now enjoys having more time to create her own acrylic landscapes and has some of her work on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

*Stonehaven’s open air pool will open to the public on Thursday, June 2nd.