The art gallery
The Donald Watson Art Gallery is one of the jewels of Waterston House and a favoured venue of many of the UK’s leading wildlife artists and photographers, all with a shared love of depicting the natural world.
Next showing at Waterston House:
An exhibition of wildlife and landscape paintings by John Threlfall. Showing Saturday 26th July – Wednesday 17th September.
A taster of the exhibition…
Read the press…
The Donald Watson Gallery is delighted to welcome back celebrated artist John Threlfall (Swarovski/Birdwatch Bird Artist of the Year 2007).
From an early age, John had been encouraged to appreciate and respect the landscape and to feel its beneficial influence on the body and the spirit. It was not until graduating from university however, through long summers in upland and island Britain, working with the British Geological Survey, that the desire to document observations and experiences began to take form. He was now compelled to witness the natural world through pencil and paint. Belatedly, a lifetime’s apprenticeship commended, gleaning what he could from contact with artists at life classes and local art groups. With much exasperated experimenting, faithful support from family and friends and wonderfully loyal clients, some semblance of direction and vision emerged.
- Lisa Hooper 20 September – 12 November 2014
- Chris Rose 15 November – Jan 2015
About the gallery…
Opened in 2005 by the late Magnus Magnusson and named after the well-known Scottish ornithologist and wildlife artist, Donald Watson (1918-2005), the gallery is a custom-built display space which has been committed to exhibiting the best wildlife art from across the country since it opened in 2005. Encouraging the practise and appreciation of natural history within the arts is one of the Club’s main constitutional aims.
Nature is both inside and out when you visit this unique gallery which has stunning panoramic views of Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve. A glass wall floods natural light into the building and draws the eye outside, both into Waterston House’s own surrounding garden and water features, and to the dramatic and beautiful bay beyond. It’s positioning is the perfect complement to the images of nature and wildlife on display inside.
The Gallery has a dedicated all year round programme of exhibitions and shows a great variety of artists, all sharing a love of depicting the natural world. A bright and exciting space, the gallery runs a new exhibition every two months showing contemporary landscapes, wildlife art and illustrations in a variety of media from paintings and drawings to prints, craft techniques and photography, all with a keen focus on the inspirational world of birds. Sign up to our mailing list to receive details of forthcoming exhibitions and invites to preview evenings where you can meet the artist. Or if you are interested in attending the preview of a particular exhibition, contact us.