Cromarty and Resolis have been saddened by the sudden passing of Caroline Hewat. Caroline had seemed to be recovering from a major operation, and had returned to her home at the Cullicudden schoolhouse, when she lost consciousness and sadly died last week.
She was, of course, the Arts Development Manager for the Cromarty Arts Trust, based in their office in Bank Street, and was responsible for some of the most popular events in the Cromarty year — the Crime and Thrillers Weekend, the Harp Village, the Stone Lettering Workshops, plus a whole host of classes, exhibitions and concerts.
But Caroline made an impact way beyond Cromarty — as the organiser for many years of the workshop programme at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival, as an administrator for the Traditional Music and Song Association, and as Manager of the greatly-missed Balnain House in Inverness. Musicians and artists from all over the world knew Caroline, and loved her for her enthusiasm and her genuine friendliness.
In her busy life, she found time to run community choirs in Muir of Ord and Rosemarkie, and to work in her own studio. Her final exhibition (pictured) was in St Margaret Hope this summer. Her paintings — bold, colourful and exciting — remain as a testament to her unique personality.