Galleries: To Waters and Nature, Scottish Bird Watchers Club, Aberlady

The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club at Aberlady in East Lothian begins its 2022 program with this co-ed show from the Scottish members of the British Tapestry Group, which opens this Thursday.

With an emphasis on the natural world – and a beautiful view of a quiet corner of the coastal landscape from the main gallery – these are works in all kinds of tapestry medium, from traditional to 3D, from landscape to abstract, the exhibition itself conceived as a “woven tribute” to nature.

Scottish members of the BTG are spread across Scotland and beyond, with some members in the Isle of Man and based overseas.

A very diverse group, many artists are directly inspired by their local landscapes, the sounds of nature, the flight of birds or animal paths.

Louise Oppenheimer, based in Kilmartin Glen in Argyll, creates works inspired by the region’s historic rock carvings, seascapes and landscapes, often abstract works, strongly influenced by wave patterns or engravings. Clare Coyle, who studied tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art, also draws inspiration from the historic Scottish landscape, often incorporating runes or elements of the Ogham alphabet into her work, also exploring the natural landscape in which our history resides.

Joan Baxter’s Frosty Morning, Loch Brora, is a threaded landscape view, while Gill Owen Estuary’s work is based on his view of the Tay de Wormit, created, like many works in the exhibition, during the 2020 and 2021 closures.

To the Waters and the Wild, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, Waterson House, Aberlady, 01875 871 330, www.the-soc.org.uk January 13 – February 28, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.m