The Tree of Life, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. The Tree of Life is an exhibition devoted to a celebration of trees by contemporary artists. The tree has a place in the mythology and symbolism of most religions and civilisations, and this exhibition invites artists to make works which represent its spiritual richness and the fecundity of ideas which surround it. It is ironic. therefore, to discoverthat there are no Scots artists included, and that a large percentage of those selected live in London.

This state of affairs would be a minor

consideration it the works themselves displayed polymathic qualities of sufficient interest. Unfortunately, the idea of the tree as symbol of knowledge and growth, as a psychic leitmotlf and marker at economic exploitation and ecological disaster, is explored in a way which seems impoverished, both aesthetically and socially.

Eileen Cooper’s The Sad Tree attempts to join metaphors at creation with female sexuality in an emotional way, yet does not evoke the generative power of either. Lili Fischer's installation Wandering Sermon for Wood takes the idea of ritual and healing seriously, yet seems quaint or as one visitor commented ‘like a Laura Ashley display window‘. Simon Lewty’s The Tree Gives Lite uses biological elements to create totemic torms whilst the vibrant use at colour in Balrai Knanna’s In Love With Lite enlivens the senses. Other artists leatured include Bill Woodrow, Tim

Head and Lynn Dennison.

The exhibition does disappoint as a whole. However, the educational programme which complements the exhibition is to be highly recommended. The catalogue, teachers' notes, lectures and children’s events provide opportunities tor looking at and creating images which seem more imaginative and richer than the works on show. One has only to walk through the gardens in the

, sunshine to feel this. (Lorna J. Waite)


next to Maryhill Burgh Hall 24 Gairbraid Avenue, Glasgow 041 946 5912/5032


A wheelchair bound spastic, much of Willie Owens work concerns the conception of the handicapped in society. This, his first major exhibiton, includes his most recent paintings, drawings and sculptures. 26 May - 19 June

Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm; Sat thm-4pm

34M . Mon Fri 0.30am— 5pm". Sat “.30amv—1pm.

The Twentieth Century Scottish Print L'nttl 23 Jun. A large-scale exhibition ofprints by 20th century Scottish artists. all researched and catalogued by Honours students at te L'niyers‘ity‘s Ilistory ofArt Department. Also ‘Young Printmakers‘ workshop 211m Ill—13.30. Phone for details.

I IMAGES GALLERY 74 Hyndland Road. 33-1 531 l. Mon-Fri 9.30am—5.30pm. Sat 9.30am—5pm.

19th and 20th century paintingsand woodblock prints front Japan.

I mrmoec GALLERY Maryhill Burgh

Hall. 34 (iairbraid Aye. 0-16 591 2.

Mon~Frt 10arn—5..’s(lpm. Sat lllammipm.

Guts and Emotions Until 19 Jun. Disabled

artist Willie ()wens explores our attitudes towards the handicapped through paintings arid sculptures.

I JOHN GREEN FINE ART 203 Bath Street. 221 6025. Mon—l’ri 10am—5pm: Sat lllam-- 1 pm.

19th and 20th century British and Continental oils and watercolours‘.

I KELLY GALLERY 118 Douglas Street , 248 6386. Mon-Fri l(l.3(lam- 2pm. 3.30—5.30pm; Sat 10.3(lam—430pm. Jeanne Socquet: Paintings, Drawings and CoHages9—23Jun.

Paintings by Kaye Lynch and Mary Oliver L'ntil 2 Jun.

I LANGSIOE GALLERY 26—28 Battlefield Road. 649 8888. Mon —Sat 9am- 1 2.30pm. l~ 5.30pm.

Paintings and Drawings by Joseph Urie l.’ntil6.lun. Rich. textural and recent work from this Glasgow artist.

I LILLIE ART GALLERY Station Road. Milngavie. 956 2351. Tue-Fri 11am—5pm and 7—9pm; Sat and Sun 2—5pm. ('losed Mon.

Milngavie Art Club Annual Exhibition 2—23 Jun. The whole gallery will be devoted to exhibiting artwork from the local club.

I MAIN FINE ART Michael Main Gallery and The Studio Gallery, 16 and 34 Gibsor Street. Both galleries on 334 8858 and

open Mon Sat lOam -‘~.30pm

Collection of paintings, mostly new, by l. Lesley Main and others.

I MARYNILL ARTS CENTRE 1 1 Malloch Street. 945 3995. Mon—Thurs 2-9pm. Barlinnie Special Unit Exhibition 4—29Jun. Sculpture, ceramics. painting and marquetry made by the inmates.

I MCLELLAN GALLERIES 270 Sauchiehall Street. 331 1854. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm (Thurs Ilium—10pm): Sun noon—6pm. The Art Machine 2 Jun-26 Aug. The art world sets out to seduce children with this huge exhibition. You can feel free to clamber over some of the exhibits, others can be picked up and handled. Work by children is also on display. (‘ontact the (‘iallery for details of workshops and other special eyents.

I MITCHELL LIBRARY North Street. 221 7030. Mon- -Fri 9.30am~9pm; Sat 9.30am—-5pm.

Contemporary Glasgow Ceramics Until 30 .lun. Recent work for the Dalhousie Lane Potters.

I NEW GLASGOW SOCIETY 1307 Argyle Street. 204 1582. Wed 1—9pszhurs—Sat 1 5pm.

Glasgow Cast Iron Until 30 Jun. Some of the finest cast iron in the world used to come from Glasgow and still props up some of the world‘s grandest buildings. The gallery will have castings by leading Victorian architects as well as paintings and drawings by Alistair Fyfc.

I 908 GALLERY 12 Otago Street, Kelvinbridge, 339 3158. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.

Jazz in June 2 Jun—4 Jul. Repeat of the 1989 exhibition to coincide with the Glasgow Jazz. Festival. Everything to do with jazz immortalist in art.

I ONE Princes Square, 226 3032. Mon—Sat 10am—7pm; Sun 11.30am—5pm.

Heather Hevay 4—30 Jun. An exhibition of contemporary portraits by this Scottish artist.

Boys and Girls Until 3 Jun. New paintings, mainly portraits, by Glasgow artist Charles Stewart Parker.

Women with Attitude

'JI' “H3. ' I

s and photographs

An exhibition of painting

0% , - . » . . XIPQSIULRLE: 53, West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 ZAE 041 332 0808 June 9 - July 6 Thanks to the Shepley-Shepley Trust LAUREN BACALL by RONA MeSEVENY


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