4th April 2008 at 01:00

Old photographs and objects linked to local people and places; brightly coloured fabric sculptures made from recycled material and arts works created using a laser cutter all feature in a series of three exhibitions running at the Meffan Museum and Art Gallery in Forfar until the end of June.

Portrait of Angus - on show until April 19, when it travels to Brechin Museum - draws on Angus Council's fantastic collection of more than 100,000 historic photographs dating from the 1880s. Many of the images represent working life in the area and include staff at Arbroath hospital and Forfar railway station, pictured in the early 20th century. The photographs are complemented by historic objects, such as medical uniforms and railway memorabilia.

Curator Jim Boon says: "Portrait of Angus is a brilliant show, which is both interesting and educational and appeals to all ages. Choosing just 100 images from the collection wasn't an easy job, but the entire Meffan team helped. As well as pictures on the wall and objects, there is also a slide-show presentation."

Primary schools have already signed up for artist-led workshops being held during the Paola McClure exhibition, running at the Meffan from April 26- May 24.

Dundee-born McClure was a secondary school art teacher for 10 years, and her brightly coloured work shows the influence of her late father, the well-known Scottish artist David McClure. She specialises in sculptured fabric figures, inspired by myth and fantasy, made from cloth remnants decorated with beads and stitching.

Finally, Jenny Smith is one of an increasing number of artists experimenting with paper cut-outs. Inscribe, running at the Meffan from May 31-June 28, includes tiny paper work books - showing art produced with a laser cutter. These were inspired by a visit to Japan where the artist was fascinated by the raked pattern of sand gardens.

T: 01307 464123; www.paolamcclure.com.

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