Botanical Beauty at Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, Aberlady

Margaret Walty, 'Bindweed and Brambles'
Margaret Walty, 'Bindweed and Brambles'

Joint exhibition by members of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, and Ellen McCann

Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

From: 17 Jan 2024

To: 25 Feb 2024

The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club
Waterstone House
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH32 0PY

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The Scottish Ornithologists Club in Aberlady, East Lothian, is mounting a Joint exhibition by members of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, alongside sculptures by Ellen McCann.

Taking inspiration from plants found in the wild in Scotland, the SSBA artists have examined and illustrated plants, wild flowers, hedgerows and weeds, which form a vital part of the habitat of wild birds and pollinators – with visiting birds and insects are included in some of the paintings. The SSBA promotes and encourages botanical art in Scotland, with membership ranging from the relatively new to botanical art to professional botanical artists, working in a variety of media, and this is their second exhibition at the SOC*.

Ellen McCann’s ceramic sculptures are inspired by plants in transition, gently moving towards opening-up, inviting us to imagine what they might become. She works in stoneware clay, constructing using slabs and coils, then carving, glazing and firing to 1250 degrees. Her pieces are at home indoors or outdoors, and are on display in the garden at Waterston House, the SOC’s home. Based near Biggar, Ellen studied sculpture and ceramics at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, and taught art for many years in Angus and the Borders. She is the recipient of a number of awards and travelling scholarships, exhibiting locally and nationally.

*The SOC is a charity promoting the study, protection and enjoyment of wild birds in Scotland. 

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