‘Sha Raku En’ – The Greengate Gallery celebrates The Japanese Garden at Cowden

Mon 18 Nov 19

An exhibition inspired by the Japanese Garden at Cowden near Dollar opens at the Greengate Gallery in Culross next week.

The exhibition is entitled ‘Sha Raku En‘, which translates as ‘The Place of Pleasure and Delight’ as it was named by its founder, Ella Christie, who described it as the garden of her dreams when it was first constructed back in 1908. The exhibition features a series of paintings by local artist, Janice Headrick, which capture the beauty and tranquility of this unique seven-acre site nestled in the Ochil Hills, now restored to its original glory and re-opened to the public.

To compliment the exhibition, Greengate Gallery owner, Lindsey Marchant, has created a new collection of silver jewellery inspired by the iconic Oriental lily pad, synonymous with Japanese garden design.

Janice Headrick said, “I chose the Japanese Garden for this series of paintings and eco-prints because it is such a captivating and tranquil place. With a wide variety of beautiful trees and plant life, there is something special in every peaceful nook and cranny. Given its significance as the only garden of its kind to be designed by a Japanese woman, Taki Handa, and developed by the inimitable local adventurer, Ella Christie, over a hundred years ago, it’s a special place to visit and seek artistic inspiration throughout the seasons.”

Lindsey Marchant added, “we’re delighted to be exhibiting Janice’s new work at the Gallery for a second time this year.  Her command of light, colour and texture is quite unique, and her work has proved very popular with our customers. I’m also pleased to be accompanying Janice’s paintings with my own new Wilo jewellery design, echoing the garden’s significance as a bridge between Scotland and Japan, a connection of great personal interest to me in my work. Over a hundred years ago, two women, Taki Handa and Ella Christie came together to create something beautiful from their love of Japanese garden design. I hope these two incredible trail blazers would be pleased that over a hundred years later, another two women have come together to honour this important Scottish and Japanese connection.”

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