ARTISTS will pay tribute to a much-loved painter at a special exhibition in Gourock this weekend.

Members of Greenock Art Club are honouring their late friend Albert Finch with a display of his work at the recently-refurbished Stables Studio off Broomberry Drive on Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Finch, who died in January at the age of 89, was affiliated with the organisation for many years.

His final wish was for his paintings to be donated to the club and used to help raise money for it.

The exhibition this weekend will feature 33 pieces of work of all shapes and sizes.

Grace Donnelly, president of Greenock Art Club, said: "Albert was well-loved by everyone. "It was fitting that he donated his work to the club.

"That was his last wish and that's what his wife said to me at the funeral. "She said that Albert wanted his work to go to the club for a fundraiser."

Albert was an honorary member of Greenock Art Club for many years and was also a regular at Greenock Golf Club.

He moved to the town from Doncaster aged 20 to join Joy Sullivan Ltd, mining engineers, and joined St John's Episcopal Church where he met and married his wife Dorothy Bishop in 1953.

They had three children - a son and two daughters - seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family were all together for the first time last Christmas just before Albert passed away on January 4.

Aside from his love of painting and golf, Albert was involved in the scouts throughout his life, initially with the Rover Scouts at the then West Kirk.

It was there that he learned to play the bagpipes and would go on to play at the art club's annual Burns Supper.

He joined the art club in the 1960s and served on the committee and had a term as president.

The exhibition is on from 1-5pm Saturday and Sunday and is open to everyone.