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SOC announces spring exhibition – BirdGuides

The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC) will host an art exhibition at Aberlady’s headquarters in Lothian in the spring, with the event opening on Wednesday 17 April.

‘Nature Re-imagined’ by Paul Bartlett, Barbara Franc and Jo Ruth presents the work of the trio of artists who apply unusual media to the subject of wildlife: collages by Bartlett, recycled sculptures by Franc and stencil paintings and prints by Ruth. The result is imaginative depictions of animals and their habitats that, for all the fun they provide, are also keenly observed.



‘Avocets on a Receding Tide’ by Jo Ruth.

Paul Bartlett uses collage to recreate in the studio the thrilling experience of encountering wildlife in remote and beautiful places.

Barbara Franc is a London-based artist who has always been fascinated by the sculptural forms of animals. She developed her own techniques to make sculptures from unusual materials such as tins, foil and textiles, which are found or thrown away.

Jo Ruth is based in York and her inspiration comes from her observations of birds in and around the city. Experiments with screen printing inspired her journey into stencil making and combining painting and printmaking techniques to create fresh and contemporary interpretations of nature.

The exhibition is free and runs until June 2. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Getting to the SOC headquarters at Waterston House (EH32 0PY) is easy thanks to the variety of road, rail and bus routes available.