Out of the Woods and into Dawyck

ARTISTS are celebrating the outdoors in various exhibitions running throughout the Borders during the early summer.

Linocuts of trees which illustrated a guide book to the different species are on show at Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo, Peeblesshire.

Now Borders-based, Glasgow School of Art graduate Mungo McCosh has created new pieces, made specially for the exhibition, to add to the original linocuts which were part of Will Cohu’s book “Out of the Woods, the Armchair Guide to Trees”.

The painter and printmaker returned to Scotland in 2000 from Istanbul where, after graduation, he’d set up a studio, studied Ottoman architecture and spent three years painting a rood screen in the city’s Crimean Memorial Church.

Becoming known also for his portraiture, landscape painting and murals, Mungo spent a month in Iraq as a war artist in 2004 and has accompanied Prince Charles on overseas tours of Uganda and the Caribbean as HRH’s official painter.

His Out of the Woods exhibition runs at Dawyck’s studio until August 26.

Visitors have another week or so to catch the Leaf Life exhibition by Amy Neville at Harestanes Visitor Centre, Ancrum.

The young Jedburgh artist, Borders-based for three years, creates shapes using pressed leaves and flowers.

The art therapist and tutor’s solo exhibition runs until June 24.

Former Edinburgh College of Art lecturer Carol Taylor is exhibiting limited edition Giclee prints using dried flowers and plant specimens photographed through a microscope.

The Biggar-based former sculpture teacher’s The Enchanting, Fragile, Silent World of Flowers exhibition runs at Old Gala House, Galashiels, until July 1.

Running until mid-July is an exhibition about Hawick’s allotments, their traditions and history, along with gardening advice, activities and more at Wilton Lodge Park Museum and Gallery in the town.

Continuing at the same venue until July 29 is the By The Allotment Paintings exhibition by Hawick artist Rose Hughes, whose work is inspired by the town’s allotment gardens, their tranquillity and closeness to nature.