AN EXHIBITION inspired by the Wee County's Japanese Garden is to open to the public this week.

Janice Headrick, from Alloa, has produced several paintings which capture the beauty and tranquility of garden which was first constructed in 1908 by Ella Christie.

Her work will be showcased at the Greengate Gallery in Culross starting this evening (Wednesday) at 7pm.

The exhibition is entitled Sha Raku En, translating as The Place of Pleasure and Delight – the name given to the garden by Ella Christie, who described it as the garden of her dreams when it was opened.

Artist Janice 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, it's a special place to visit and seek artistic inspiration throughout the seasons."

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

She added: "We're delighted to be exhibiting Janice's new work. Her command of light, colour and texture is quite unique.

"I'm also pleased to be accompanying Janice's paintings with my own new jewellery design, echoing the garden's significance as a bridge between Scotland and Japan.

"Over 100 hundred years ago, two women came together to create something beautiful from their love of Japanese garden design.

"I hope these two incredible trail blazers would be pleased that another two women have come together to honour this important Scottish and Japanese connection."

The exhibition officially opens on Wednesday, November 20 at 7pm, and runs until February. Refreshments will be provided and all guests can enjoy 10 per cent off any purchase.