Birch Tree Gallery – a venue for fine-crafts, prints and works on paper opened its doors in March 2017. The gallery focuses on art works that have roots in nature – whether in materials, inspiration or thematic elements. The birch tree image is very simple, but powerful. The strong visual and tactile quality of its bark embodies many of the same qualities that differentiate fine crafts from other arts - physicality of the art medium, texture, and time to master technical skills to produce the works.
Exhibition 'Shades of Blue' will display paintings by Catriona Taylor, sculptural ceramics by Ellen McCann, and Michele Bianco, hand-died thread works and paintings by Helena Emmans, watercolours by Liz Myhill, hand-cut paper by Stevi Benwon, and linocuts by Daliutė Ivanauskaitė.
There will be a seated talk 'Meet the Artist/ Art Group Facilitator: Catriona Taylor' on Saturday, May 18th, 10-11 am. It is a free event, but reservation is required - please register HERE. Catriona works as the Art Group Facilitator at Castle Craig Hospital for Addictions, Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire. In this seated event, Catriona will explain how the art program works in the residential hospital program, will share how art work feeds into the other therapeutic work and what is rewarding about running the art groups.