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Lovely Sketching Day at Chester Cathedral!

Neil, Josie,Geoff, (and thank you Geoff for some of these photographs) Joan, Jim, Des, John, Rob and Diana had a most enjoyable day at Chester Cathedral. We were sorry that Chrissie and Hilary could not make it. Sketching, some serious, and some less serious conversation plus wine, coffee, tea and lunch in the nearby wine bar were had by all. It was great to catch up with everyone. We all decided we must do this again sometime soon.

We all enjoyed Liz West’s Colour Reflection – an installation – she is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. (The installation is displayed until March – well worth seeing)

Joan showed us the tiny Cobweb picture of the virgin and child painted on the net of the day time moth yponomeuta evonymella – the painting is attributable to Johann Bergman and is reputed to be a copy of one by Lucas Cranach.Yponomeuta_evonymella_Dscn6955IMG_4573

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Energy and Motion Exhibition Launch

Diana Baur Fire in the Heart

“Fire in the Heart” mixed media by Diana Baur

Join us for the launch of Energy & Motion at Undegun,

Friday 16th February 2018 7.0-9.0 pm  Free event.
Featuring the work of:

Diana Baur
Hannah Prescott
Jon Price

With special guest emerging artist Tristan Dickenson.
The launch will feature music from Jonathan Evans Coley.


The night also presents the premiere of People in Places Written and Directed by Robert Corcoran for 73 Degree Films.

“Energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space”
― Jackson Pollock

This exhibition features the work of three prominent visual artists, all with Wrexham connections through their learning, work and social circles. The exhibition is tour de force of contemporary abstract-expressionist thought where “Energy & Motion” become reality through the interpretation of the painters.

Diana Baur
Diana uses colour and texture to capture emotional experiences. Expressive marks, paint and collage direct her multi-sensory memories.
“I rarely know what my paintings are about until they are complete.”
Diana’s bold engagement with various materials reflects her character and her search for the “intangible”.
An artist’s daughter, Diana has lived and sketched in the Welsh hills for twenty-seven years. Purely abstract paintings have developed into semi-abstract landscapes, encouraging her to play between the boundaries of pure representation and pure abstraction.
2010: First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art.
2014: Masters in Art Practice – Glyndwr University.
Co-director Inside Out Art Group, member of Borderland Visual Arts.
Member of DegreeArt.com, Somerset House, London

Hannah Prescott
Influenced by the likes of Mark Rothko and later in her art education Joe Bradley and Polish artist Janusz Karbowniczek, Hannah’s work is often both abstract and expressive. She works big scale therefore using the space efficiently which allows her to move around the canvas and use a range of materials such as: paint, oil pastels, plastic, charcoal, spray paint and other materials she finds appropriate for the piece. She is always trying to liberate her work further; she believes that art should be freeing and involving and likes the idea of being inspired by the people and simple everyday things around us. This is what she’s working towards.

Jon Price
Jon Price is Wrexham born and bred, originally heralding from Rhostyllen.
His father and grandfather before him, were both miners in the region. Jon himself worked in Shotton and Brymbo steel works until he set himself up in business in Wrexham town centre in the 1980’s and became a successful, well known character in the town.
Jon has been painting for over 40 years, now semi-retired, he uses his artistic and creative talents to produce large art works in the neo expressionist style. His influences are mainly from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and chiefly include Jean Dubuffet, Basquait, De Kooning and Karel Appel.

Hayley Parfitt – 2017 Venice Biennale!

Many artists who have work displayed, never know how they have been received. Oh to be a ‘fly on the wall’ and hear people’s reactions!

Story of the day:

Hayley and Diana had a lovely “catch up” meeting at Glyndwr Uni yesterday.  Hayley was describing her experimental works and mentioned that she had entered one for a vending machine art project at the Venice Biennale last year. Shed heard nothing more about it, assumed her work had not been chosen, and thought nothing more of it.

Imagine her surprise when, on visiting the show, her husband alerted her to her name on a notice, (albeit missing one of it’s letter ‘y’s!) !!

We leave traces everywhere, and often have no idea of their impact!

Chester Cathedral Sketching Day Tuesday 20th February

It has been difficult to accommodate all the dates people can and cannot do! We have finally decided on Tuesday 20th February, and big apologies to those who cannot make that day. I am sure it will not be our last at that venue.

John, Rob and I aim to get to the Cathedral cafe between 10.30 and 11.0 a.m. with sketchbooks (and camera’s) in tow. Please seek us out there, or if you arrive later catch us sketching just about anywhere in the Cathedral. (We’ll probably be back in the cafe at 1.0 ish.)

Look forward to seeing you there. (If we have not met you before, please make it obvious that you are a sketching artist and we will be using or carrying our sketchbooks very obviously.

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Charlie Calder-Potts – war artist

Printmaking courses for adults

Ruth Thomas is pleased to send  details of a collagraph course coming up soon in her studio in the Vale of Clwyd. Please see details below.

She will also be running three other courses in the studio this Spring/Summer. Briefly, they will be:

Cut & collage: creative printmaking – Saturday 12th May

Natural Impressions – Saturday 9th June

Natural Impressions – Thursday 14th June

There are further details of all courses on her website http://www.ruththomas.net/workshops and you can also book online here.

Course leaflet COLLAGRAPH 2 DAY March 2018

Milton Keynes Tree Cathedral

Milton Keynes Tree Cathedral
Didn’t think Milton Keynes had a Cathedral? Well, it has. It’s the Milton Keynes Tree Cathedral.

Ok, the Tree Cathedral may not be made of the usual bricks and mortar but of… yes, you guessed it… trees!

Neil Higson designed the Milton Keynes Tree cathedral in 1986. A lot of thought had gone into the design of this unique cathedral. It is not just a row of trees!

Located in Newlands (Near Gulliver’s Land), the Milton Keynes Tree Cathedral was created using different species of trees for the outline (which is based on the Norwich Cathedral). The nave used hornbeam and tall-growing trees, and evergreens create central tower and spire. Obviously, our cathedral doesn’t have stained glass windows, so, during springtime lovely bulbs blossom to create the effect of the sun shining through stained glass windows.

The Tree Cathedral is accessible 24/7 – unless a private event is taking place.

You can visit The Parks Trust website for further information.

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Proposed Sketching day to Chester Cathedral!Tuesday 20th February!

It has been difficult to accommodate all the dates people can and cannot do! We have finally decided on Tuesday 20th February, and apologies to those who cannot make that day. John, Rob and I aim to get to the Cathedral cafe between 10.30 and 11.0 a.m. with sketchbooks in tow. Please seek us out there, or if you arrive later catch us sketching just about anywhere in the Cathedral. Look forward to seeing you there. (If we have not met you before, please make it obvious that you are a sketching artist and we will be using or carrying our sketchbooks very obviously.

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Reminder: Rachel Montgomery has offered a lift to three people from St. Martins, if she can make the Tuesday.

 

Make a Monolith (or a Platter!)

Make-a-Monolith (or a Platter!)

Cut, build and colour your own glass sculpture for garden, table, or window in my woodland workshop, and return a few days later after it’s cooled in the kiln to be amazed – and to take it home with you.

I thought you might be interested in doing one of my glass-casting workshops this year, so here are the details of when they are and what they’ll cost.

There are only going to be seven sessions, so, if you do want to come, please book a place as soon as you can.You don’t need any previous experience, I’ll guide you through the process. Everything is included, you just need to come suitably dressed for a day in the woods, because that’s where the workshop is!
You can book a place by clicking on the button below or by going to https://bookwhen.com/tony-roberts
The price is much the same as last year, £95 per person for Make-a-Monolith, £80 for Make-a-platter.

There’s a reduced price if you plan to come as a group of 4.

I do hope you can come!
The dates are:

  • Make-a-Monolith: May 1st and 27th, July 1st and 29th, and August 19th.
  • Make-a-Platter: March 21st (just one place left) and September 1st
Book a place – click here
Don’t forget to call during Open Studio 2018 – the middle two weekends of June
You’re welcome to call anytime on Saturday and Sunday between 10 and 5pm –
and you can see and buy my recent work on Tony-Roberts.com,  Artfinder.com/tony-roberts and SaatchiArt.com/tony

40 Years of Here!! A show not to be missed!

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A fantastic celebration is coming soon…’40 Years of Here’ opens on 8th February with the Private View on Tuesday 13th February 5-7pm at Carmarthen School of Art, Jobs Well Road, Carmarthen.

Amelia Kilvington will be hanging the show next week and has a small piece of her own work that will be in the show before it goes on display in an exhibition in Vienna, Austria in April

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