We have revamped our website and hope you like the new look. It's designed to be more mobile-friendly and provide clear information as well as make it easy to buy artworks and shop items online.
As, hopefully, we move on from lockdown, there will be plenty to tell you about, so do please check for latest updates.
SHROPSHIRE GUILD OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT 1 Aug - 19 Sept
ROBERT SHELTON Rocking Windsor chair Elm & ash
Exhibiting an array of crafted delights from some of the best makers in the county and borderlands, with prices from just a few pounds for a small piece of pottery to larger sums for an intricate piece of jewellery or that perfect one-off chair...
Sash Cowl Handwoven textile
Dutch floral vase Mosaic
CAROLINE BENNETT Finned Form Stoneware
NICOLA HAIGH Blackbird Machine embroidery
SARAH PIPER HEAP Puffin broach Copper & mixed metals
RALPH JANDRELL Large rimmed dish with hare design Earthenware
Click BELOW LEFT to see textile artist JENNY O'LEARY explain how to play around with batik, including sketching, applying wax and dyeing, and BELOW RIGHT watch LEO DONAGHY (bleating of sheep in the background!) showing how to make a gelli plate, perfect for creating small-size monoprints using Chinese brush techniques.
GETTING BACK TOGETHER Our craft workshops, with Jenny, Leo and other regular tutors, will return as soon as possible
AUTUMN EXHIBITIONS 26 Sept - 14 Nov
BORDERLAND VISUAL ARTS Our local well-established arts group missed their scheduled slot in May/June, and will be exhibiting this autumn instead.
RE-VIEW TEXTILE EXHIBITION Merseyside-based, the artists make 2D and 3D work in many sizes using felt, dye, paint, print, stitch, weave and crochet.
Textile artist JUNE McLAUGHLIN'S Corona Kid, inspired by those naughty Llandudno goats who came into the town during lockdown and got up to mischief! June creates art out of all things woolly - check out other handmade pieces in our shop.
RECENTLY SOLD [PICTURED RIGHT]A Shropshire Lane, one of two large oils by artist-in-resident KARL ROBINSON-BRAY. By coincidence, the paintings, two of a series depicting winter landscapes, are both heading Down Under, their new owners perhaps having nostalgic memories of winter snow, being a kid and loving that time of year.
During lockdown Karl spent a lot of time working alone at the gallery. Come and see his latest work and have a (socially-distanced) chat.
Other recent sales have included [BELOW, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT] two evocative views in oil by RICHARD DUPUY, a beautiful textured abstract composition by PAULINE JORDAN,hand-blown bowl by glass artist THOMAS PETIT, part of his fabulous 'Monochrome' collection, an evocative evening view of Aberystwyth by ANN WILLIAMS, and REBECCA STOCKBURN's watercolour of Brigid, Irish goddess of spring.
For those not yet ready to venture out, the gallery continues to present an extensive collection of art and craft online, and can take telephone (01691 657575) as well as online orders.
Can you help forge an artistic twinning? Best-known for his stunning oil portraits and plein air landscapes, Daniel Yeomans, who began his career in Wales and is now living in Switzerland, issues a Call to Artists
Sitting beneath the dramatic ridge of the Dents du Midi, Champéry has a special relationship with North Wales with its hosting, every year, of the much-loved Welsh Alpine Ski Championships.
In January next year I will be holding a Welsh/Swiss-themed exhibition during the championships to build on this relationship and start to forge an artistic alliance between Champéry and Llandudno. I therefore hope to raise interest in both towns with regard to setting up exchanges, painting trips and exhibitions so that on alternate years artists from Switzerland will go over (as a group) to paint with artists in North Wales, and vice-versa the following year.
Artists in both North Wales and Région Dents du Midi, I would love to hear from you. Please email me directly and share your thoughts.
Ruth and Ian are planning to re-open on Friday 4 Sept with all safety measures in place. Keep an eye on their website for updates.
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Sketch by Irene Muir
Bob, the cat whose relationship with the recovering heroin addict who adopted him inspired the best-selling book A Street Cat Named Bob, has died after being hit by a car. He was at least 14. Musician James Bowen found Bob abandoned and injured in 2007. Bob gave him a reason to get up each morning, and he began taking the ginger cat, often seen wearing a scarf, with him when busking or selling The Big Issue in London. Bob's story was later made into a film - and also draws attention to the serious issues of homelessness and how the drug culture on the streets cannot be ignored.
Linda McCartney Retrospective
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 8 Aug - 1 Nov 2020
Major exhibition of Linda McCartney's photography includes more than 200 images not previously seen, from the music scene of the 1960s, Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road and the Rolling Stones, to family life with Paul.
Art combines mathematics, technology and stalks
This impressive crop circle, described as a Templar cross inside two circles and an outer border, appeared in July in the middle of a wheatfield in Northeast France.
Crop circles are patterns produced by flattening crops, created anonymously during the short midsummer nights, and provoking puzzlement, delight and intrigue among the press and public alike. Reports of crop circles date back centuries in Europe, particularly England, but the complexity of the designs, many of which have a mathematical basis, has escalated in recent years, reflecting a serious and science-literate artistic movement. The patterns today, it is generally accepted, are created using GPS as well as lasers and microwaves to get the perfect proportions and shapes. They still nevertheless retain their mystery - and some continue to claim they're beyond scientific understanding and see the work of alien visitors...