Art goes out­doors

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FLAN­DERS Moss Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve near Stir­ling is to be­come an out­door art gallery as part of the Forth Val­ley Art Beat fes­ti­val.

The Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) re­serve, which boasts the largest low­land raised bog in Bri­tain, has proved inspirational for five artists whose work will be on dis­play around the board­walk path.

Flan­ders Moss is a vast ex­panse of all things damp and won­der­ful. From a dis­tance, the per­fectly formed domes of peat rise gen­tly from their sur­round­ings. Closer up, squelchy mats of sphag­num moss car­pet the re­serve with their swirling colours, while adders and lizards bask in the sun­shine and snipe and stonechat call over­head.

David Pick­ett, Flan­ders Moss re­serve man­ager, said: ‘ We’re de­lighted that Flan­ders Moss is to be one of the venues for open stu­dios week. The board­walk path will be turned into an out­door gallery and the art­works will be on dis­play around the site. We want peo­ple to come and ex­plore this spe­cial place and to see the won­der­ful art it has in­spired.’

As well as be­ing able to view the art­work, week­end vis­i­tors dur­ing the event will be able to talk to David and his staff about the bog and its wildlife.

The Forth Val­ley Art Beat Open Stu­dios event runs un­til June 18. More than 140 artists take part in a va­ri­ety of events at 80 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions across cen­tral Scot­land. You can find out more at the web­site www. forth­val­ley­open­stu­

Flan­ders Moss has been inspirational for artists.

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