Archive for February, 2012

Tulips in a pot – Spring has come!

A brand new talk… ‘Offas Dyke… A Tree-mendous Journey’ …4 years on. This talk is the first to update folks of the 1st ever survey of Offas Dyke for its hidden Ancient trees… includes the lovely Julia Bradbury from Countryfile also James Wong & I abseiling down cliffs! The Battle of Crogen & The great Oak at the Gate of the Dead, plus many, many stunning ancient trees along the dyke.

Ellesmere Shropshire SY12 0AL. Thursday 1st March 8pm at the Town Hall. £2 on the door, Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

BBC iPlayer – Britain’s Heritage Heroes: Episode 7


For a glimpse of the limekilns where we had our sketching day watch episode 7 of Heritage Heroes. There is also a section on the workhouse at Llanfyllin.

Well worth having a look at this exciting exhibition, open Monday-Friday 9.30-4.30 in the main campus of Glyndwr University. (Go in through the main entrance and the gallery is up the stairs on the first floor above reception.

Frank Bowling and Dennis de Caires were both present at the p.v. tonight, which was an added bonus. Professor Estelle Thompson from Slade School of Art had curated the exhibition. 

Maddy at The Willow

Maddy Vale’s fabulous artworks can be seen in several places at the moment. Rowanthorn, The Willow Cafe and also The Hand in Llanarmon.

With all the good weather this week, now’s the time to get out and about! Lots of great drawing and painting opportunities in the hills around the Ceiriog Valley. Not up to a mountain climb? Try this walk around Chirk Castle and the Shropshire Union Canal.

Walks from The Hand

Out in the most glorious weather today – bright, sunny and positively hot, the day feeling more like May than February. As the weather was so fine, we were spoiled for choice when it came to chosing where to go for a walk. Finally decided on a circular route from the Chirk Castle gates, through the castle grounds, along the lanes towards the Chirk-Llangollen stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal, and then down the canal towpath back towards Chirk.

We’ve done this walk before. It’s a lovely circuit – you’re in sight of the castle all through the first half of the walk, and then down along the quiet of the canal for the second half. There are no strenuous hills, no rocky escarpments, no wide stretches of moorland – just rolling farmland, empty country lanes and long, straight canal banks: you’d hardly believe this was Wales! But the little…

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Not only a dab hand with the mackerel pate and the garlic mushrooms, Dot knows what looks good too!

Thanks to Wilf Thust’s workshop at The Willow Gallery Oswestry, Chloe Abbatt was able to watch her piece of artwork being displayed in the Willow Cafe.

Thank you Dot!!

“Garden” by Chloe Abbatt
inspired by Wilf Thust’s “On lines” workshop 25/02/12
(The drawing of the plants, trees, beach etc is one long continuous line)
 Don’t forget that Wilf is repeating the talk on his work this Saturday 3rd March at 11.0 at The Willow Gallery and this will be followed by a workshop on folding in the afternoon. On the 10th March Wilf has another workshop on hanging and display. Artists and non-artists alike will find Wilf’s artistic and philosophical view on the world fascinating. Not to be missed.

MIP Exhibition at Much Wenlock

Allan Davis for the MIP exhibition at The Edge, Much Wenlock.

Went to the Marches Independent Photography exhibition last night at The Edge Arts Centre in Much Wenlock with Geoff Armitage (MIP, Inside Out) and Jane Birdsell (MIP, BVA). It’s a bit of a trek for those of us around Oswestry, but if you can make the journey, the exhibition is well worth the effort. It’s an open exhibition for MIP members, with each member entering their own selection of their work. The result is a really diverse show, with an impressive range of styles and subject matter. All the MIP members are technically very proficient, which makes their choice of subject and point of view all the more interesting. The open format of the exhibition is real showcase for the group.

If you’re looking for a photography group that’s more than just a ‘camera club’, check out the MIP website. And if you’re heading Much Wenlock way, check out the exhibition at The Edge. The Arts Centre gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm, on Farley Road, Much Wenlock.

Lost in Lace video on You Tube

Lost in Lace – YouTube

If you missed this exhibition this could be the next best thing.

How galleries have replaced churches……..methinks!

Sketching at Radio Saturday Evening

Sketching this Saturday at Radio Cafe!

Don’t forget, there’s sketching at Radio Cafe in Oswestry this coming Saturday between 6 and 9pm. Bring your art stuff (and a funny hat if you can stand the embarassment) – the cafe’s just at the top of Bailey Street, by the market. There’s tapas, cocktails, wine, beer, teas and coffee on sale. Great atmosphere and a great way to spend a dull winter weekend evening.

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