l A CHARITY art exhibition featuring some of Scotland's most popular painters is being mounted at Glasgow's St Enoch Centre.

The Artists for Mary's Meals exhibition, which has previously been staged in art galleries, runs from today to October 28 on the first floor of the shopping centre.

The display will include paintings from John Lowrie Morrison, one of Scotland's best loved contemporary artists, award-winning abstract artist Emma Davis, and Robert Mulhern. The paintings in the exhibition, which is free to enter, are for sale, with artists donating a percentage of the price to the children's charity. John Lowrie Morrison – known as Jolomo – has donated an oil painting entitled Wee Croft In The Knapdale Woods, Argyll. The entire sale price of £1800 will go to Artists for Mary's Meals.

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l THE Michelangelo Quartet – violinists Mihaela Martin and Daniel Austrich, violist Nobuko Imai and cellist Frans Helmerson – begin a residency at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday which runs though to May next year. Over six concerts the group will play all of Beethoven's String Quartets on Wednesday evenings. Booking for the complete series attracts a 25% discount and children are admitted free. Guiding the audience through the project in his own inimitable Ludwig-obsessed style will be The Herald's own Michael Tumelty.


l Perth Theatre's new creative director Rachel O'Riordan will be directing her first ever pantomime this year, and has sensibly chosen to tackle a script by the ever-reliable Alan McHugh. Mother Goose will star Barrie Hunter, following his popular turn as Dame Marge O'reen in last year's Jack and the Beanstalk in the same venue. The show opens on December 7 and runs to January 5 and continues a run of pantomimes at the theatre that now stretches over 75 years.