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Great sketching day at the Waterfall!





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***TRAINING FOR ARTISTS/CRAFTERS*** PHOTOGRAPHY, 8 Oct in Llanfyllin with Ray Hall (sign up by 30 Sept:

Part of Arts Connection’s CREATIVE ESSENTIALS, this is a training and networking opportunity especially designed for COMMUNITY ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS.

An image can say more than a 1,000 words. Great photos will help you to create a brand, show your products at their best, and of course it will be much easier to sell your products online, and get into the press and selected events. Most of us cannot afford a professional photographer – so learn to DIY!

Free for members of Arts Connection // £15 for non-members
Networking lunch included, borrow one of our Canon 7D cameras if you do not have your own. Follow the link for detailed information on activities and practitioner.

Creative Essentials – Photography

Arts Connection members and affiliated artists on our Cre8 and WCAN forums have chosen which skills they want todevelop. We will visit Wrexham, Llanfyllin, Machynlleth, Newtown and Welshpool to deliver 5 full day community artist training days on SOCIAL MEDIA, PHOTOGRAPHY, SCREEN PRINTING and 2x FUN…



Montgomery Canal Project – on view at Powysland Museum Welshpool




Mair Hughes

Mair, artist in Residence for the Montrgomery Canal Project immersed herself in the life and history of the Canal, sketching, photographing, thinking and meeting local people. One of the artworks that resulted is now displayed in the Powysland Museum in Welshpool. It will be there on display until Christmas.

Yesterday, to celebrate,  Mair met with some of the local women who helped her realise her ideas in the form of a stitched banner that looks back at some of the history and associations of the canal, but also looks forward to the continued, if different ways we celebrate and use the canal.


Mair with Joan Zorn and Liz Sowerby


Joan Zorn, Diana Baur and Liz Sowerby




The banner has the stitched signatures of the 7  contributors on the back

The Museum is a delightful place to visit. A small amount of parking outside and more in the adjacent Morrison’s Supermarket. Currently there is also an exhibition of beautiful lino cuts by Eric Gaskell on display in the same room as the banner.

Marches Independent Photography Exhibition!!

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Kitchen Antics and cake drama at Oswestry Heritage Bake-Off!! A WORK OF ART!!

Kitchen antics and cake drama at Oswestry Heritage Bake-Off

Three plucky Shropshire bakers faced the challenge of cooking in front of the cameras yesterday when they took part in Oswestry’s long-awaited heritage bake-off.

But while the pressure was on for the finalists, there were no tantrums, deflated sponges or decorating flops as the fearless trio kept their cool over a hot stove in the kitchens of North Shropshire College, hosts of the event.

Contestants Louise Taylor-Kennett, Alex Jamieson and Pip Davies, all residents of the Oswestry area, managed to complete their ambitious cake creations on time, rising to the occasion just like their expertly crafted sponges.

Terry and Dru Cripps, aka body-popping and improvisational duo Pimp$ouls, stepped into the shoes of Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to present the contest which is being made into a film.

Judging takes place today (Saturday 10) in the bake-off tent at Oswestry Castle Bank as part of the town’s Heritage Open Days celebrations continuing over the weekend.

Judges Yossi Gliksman and Margaret Edwards will be tasting the three historical showstoppers, each interpreting an aspect of local heritage, and deciding on the winner. Oswestry Town councillor and Shropshire councillor, Vince Hunt, will present the victorious baker with the coveted bake-off trophy.

The project, which aims to promote Oswestry Borderland heritage through the universally popular medium of cake, has been created by HOOOH Community Group working with award-winning video maker, Joey Edwards, of Wrexham based Filmage.

Participants have given their time and talent free to the making of the film, due to be screened at Oswestry’s kinokulture cinema later in the year.

Next sketching day……

We have decided to visit the wonderful Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall for our next sketching day on TUESDAY 27th September – I will check that the cafe is open a little nearer the time, but they say it usually is bar extreme weather……..As with out meeting at Canal Central, please feel free to arrive whenever suits you. We will aim to be there for elevenses, have a coffee and then off to do some sketching. Perhaps plan your materials with water in mind! Ink, wash, large sheets ….perhaps?As you think.

Suggest we bring our cameras as well. Later on anyone who would like a simple lunch will find that again in the cafe, or bring a packed one to suit. Very much look forward to seeing you there. If you need directions the map below may help. Otherwise get in touch with me on dianabaur@hotmail.comis-1



Francis Bacon and Maria Lassnig at the Tate

Myra Rob and I attended the curatorial tour and talk on these two artists at Tate Liverpool yesterday.

Seeing an artist none of us knew alongside one we do know, and seeing them both from some very different perspectives was a real privilege. Lassnig had explored so many things through portraiture, and in particular our relationships to technology, that it put me in mind of Mike Corcoran’s recent ground breaking exhibition at Glyndwr Sycharth Gallery where the artists examined the extent of our minds in relation to technology. Whilst Bacon and Lessnig appeared not to have met, there were many similarities in their exploration of the human condition. A most enjoyable evening. Thanks to Myra for encouraging us to go!




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Lovely gathering at Holly Hayward’s yesterday…..


We saw where Holly works and her amazing recent portraits in oils……IMG_0549


IMG_0551Holly also showed us some wonderful
earlier black and white works in pen nd ink, very reminiscent of Beardsley



These puffins are beautifully executed


…..and then there was tea and lots of sharing of thoughts and ideas and then there were home made scones with home made blackcurrant jam and clotted cream……..


Hilary brought some wonderful drawings and this porcelain ceramic beauty with an inside base of crushed green glass – any ideas how she made it?





And we had another peep at that wonderful Hillfort pendant of green glass and copper…. IMG_0563

Josie and Rob had brought great sketchbooks for us to browse throughrob sketch1 copy

Watch this space for our next sketching day towards the end of August. Possibly at Whittington Castle………


Everyday people across the length and breadth of the country are creating fabulous artworks in their kitchens – albeit temporary and interactive, they are, nevertheless worth a mention – a BIG mention! Happy baking!Oswestry Heritage Bake-Off_new poster

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