Minister to launch show of forest art

DEPUTY Environment Minister Rhona Brankin is to open an exhibition about forests at the Royal Botanic Garden.

The exhibition of art works from oak forests on Scotland's western seaboard, entitled Aig An Oir (At the Edge), is being staged at the exhibition hall from Monday.

Ms Brankin will also launch a book and CD about Aig An Oir, depicting many of the paintings and drawings and other works made during the Aig An Oir project.

The book and exhibition are the national climax of an 18-month programme by members of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) from throughout the UK.

As well as visiting to paint, draw and sculpt in the woods in Argyll, Skye, Ardnamurchan and Morvern, the SWLA artists conducted master classes, workshops and local exhibitions with local artists and community groups. The title reflects the forests' position at the edge of Scotland and Europe, which up to ten years ago were also at the edge of existence, before Forestry Commission Scotland embarked on a restoration programme to secure the last remnants and encourage them to expand and regenerate.

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