TRADITION WITH A NEW TWIST
The Scottish Society of Botanical Artists pairs up with the fresh and forward-looking Whitehouse Gallery to bring ‘Nature’s Designs’ to Dumfries and Galloway.
In its fourth annual exhibition, the Society will be showcasing around 70 works from more than 25 artists. These include new paintings from award-winning botanical painters at the top of their field, and fresh work from first-time exhibitors. Alongside traditional approaches, our more contemporary artists are always looking for something new to say within the ‘traditional’ framework of botanical art.
The exhibition will be held over the entire upstairs space of the Whitehouse Gallery, and opens on Saturday 12th October. All are welcome to attend the preview, which will open from 11am–5pm. Following this, normal opening hours are Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. The exhibition will continue on until Saturday 2nd November.
The Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA) was formed five years ago to encourage and promote botanical painting. Established as a charity, with members throughout Scotland, and a growing number from England and abroad, it attracts painters interested in this fascinating subject. The SSBA holds an annual exhibition in venues across Scotland to display current works with an aim to expand awareness of botanical art. Many of our members had work in “Flora Scotia”, Scotland’s contribution to the recent World Day of Botanical Art, when almost thirty countries collaborated in what was the largest exhibition ever of botanical painting.
Since 2004 the Whitehouse Gallery has established itself as a leading art gallery with a nationwide reputation for quality. SSBA Director and artist Kate Braithwaite said, “It’s a real pleasure to be hosted by the prestigious Whitehouse Gallery, the light and space will complement the work of our Members beautifully.”
The village of Kirkcudbright and its position nestled at the entrance to the Solway Firth, has long inspired artists; including members of the Scottish Colourists and the Glasgow Boys. Some of the most well-known, including Samuel Peploe and Frances Cadell, moved to the area to work, establishing the Kirkcudbright Artists’ Colony.