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CRITIC’S CHOICE

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A short two weeks now until art galleries all over mainland Scotland can reopen – some on the islands are already open. The Tatha Gallery in Newport-on-Tay is one such, its latest exhibition, Into the Landscape, metamorpho­sing from an online tour to a flung-open door midway through its run.

Into the Woods features three artists whose preoccupat­ion is with the landscape, whether that is the self-evident beauty of a woodland view or the unexpected beauty in overlooked places. Anna King paints what is left behind after felling, a sycamore silhouette­d against the spruce that surrounded it, shipping containers on the edge of a clearing, the edge of a quarry, working into her oils with pencil and other objects. Dominique Cameron’s work is inspired by her walking, and by the insular reality of her Cotswold village upbringing. Walking was her escape, and her stark charcoals – whether of brambles or field corners – continue to find inspiratio­n in this. Ian Kinnear’s expressive, quasi-abstract and frequently monochrome acrylics are centred on the environmen­t around his studio for this exhibition, concerned with atmosphere and mood.

This transporti­ve exhibition is certainly worth one of those day trips that we are all now allowed to take, beyond the boundaries of what has been our world for the past six months or so.

Into the Landscape, The Tatha Gallery, the Newport, 1 High Street, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, 01382 690800, www.tathagalle­ry.com, until May 15, online until April 26, then Thurs-Sat, 11am-4pm

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