Seeing the wood and the trees

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A NEW exhibition has opened at Montrose Museum by photographer Malcolm J Thomson and painter and printmaker Allan Beveridge which runs until November 3.

The exhibition grew out of conversations between the two artists around a shared interest in, and experience of recording woodland and forest. They also took inspiration from the great tradition of painters and photographers who explored and recorded forests, from the ancient oaks of Fontainebleau to the redwoods of California.

Seeing the Wood and the Trees is a result of a visual exploration of Ethie Woods, an area of historic woodland north of Arbroath. The artists made many visits to the site over two years, recording and reacting to changing conditions in the old beech woods and conifer plantations. Malcolm and Allan, who have been colleagues at Dundee Print Studio for many years, found a common interest in recording the many changes of light, shape and texture in the forest.

To coincide with the exhibition, the two artists will be giving a gallery talk at Montrose Museum today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. when all are welcome to attend.

Allan Beveridge graduated in Drawing and Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and spent the summer of 1976 at Hospitalfield, Arbroath. He is a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists. Malcolm J. Thomson began taking photographs at the age of 11 and now teaches part-time at Dundee Contemporary Arts. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for further details call 01674 673232 or e-mail Montrose.museum@angus.gov.uk