Archive for February, 2012

Opportunity for local artists…..

Thanks to Sue for forwarded  this information – an opportunity for local artists……Penant is an inspirational place……

Pennant Melangell Arts and Heritage Group

Grwp Celfyddydau a Threftadaeth Pennant Melangell








A call is going out to artists and craftspeople to create and submit work for an exhibition in May: ‘Art and Craft in the Celtic Spirit’.


The event will be held in the ancient church of St Melangell, three miles from Llangynog at the head of the Tanat Valley and famous for its historic shrine and its remote and beautiful setting.  It will run for two weeks from Saturday 26 May.


The exhibition’s title can be interpreted imaginatively and the organisers, the church and Pennant Melangell Arts and Heritage Group, hope to receive art or craft entries in a wide range of media, in traditional or modern style and in two or three dimensions.  Work can be offered for display or for sale, with a commission in aid of the church and the St Melangell Centre: up to three items can be entered.


The exhibition is being held around the traditional feast day of St Melangell and will be accompanied by other events, to include a children’s hymn competition and a treasure hunt.  It will be opened by the archaeologist Margaret Hill, who will give a talk on ‘Early Celtic Art and Craft’ and close with a concert on 10 June featuring the well known Montgomeryshire folk singer Linda Griffiths, with her daughter Lisa.  The events are intended to honour the theologian and Celtic scholar Canon Donald Allchin, who died last year and loved the church at Pennant.


Entries are requested by 14 May.  Full details and an entry form are available from Pam Parnell, 1 Glen Pennant, Llangynog, Oswestry, SY10 0EP.  Enquiries to or 01691 860188.




The attached photograph shows St Melangell’s Church, Pennant Melangell.



For immediate publication.



Submitted by:


John Hainsworth

Pennant Melangell Arts & Heritage Group




SY10 0HA

01691 860549



The Vikings are Coming! via Allan Harris on Flickr.

Spent the weekend up in York for the last day of the Jorvik Viking Festival. Swords, fire, fur and lots of shouty, bearded members of the Regia Anglorum re-enactment group. They had a big fight on the fields of the York racecourse, burned a ship, set off a bunch of fireworks and then retired to the pubs and clubs of York to drink and feast and make merry. All looked very spectacular – and there were loads of photo opportunities with Vikings on mobile phones and shopping at Marks and Spencer’s through the day.

Unfortunately, my camera failed at the last moment, so I had to nick this photo from Flickr, from Allan Harris’ photostream. Judging by his friends and photos, he’s possibly a re-enactor himself – or just a big Viking fan!

Anyway, next year I’m taking my sketchbook instead…


What’s on at The Willow Gallery Oswestry…..

What’s on AtThe Willow Gallery – Feb – March
Start this Spring at The Willow Gallery with an exciting variety of exhibitions, including Wilf Thust’s acclaimed solo exhibition in the main gallery & Dunbabin gallery. Don’t miss the wide variety of art workshops at the gallery and our fantastic new spring collection in the gallery shop – something for everyone.
Main Gallery Exhibitions:
WILF THUST – THE FIRST – 4th February – 17th of March.
A fantastic and fascinating exhibition by Wilf Thust, be inspired by Wilf’s interactive artwork. Wilf is often found working in the gallery and is happy to guide visitors through the exhibition and answer questions.
Artist’s Exhibition Talk – Following the success of his recent talk, Wilf will be giving an additional exhibition talk on Saturday the 3rd of March. This inspiring, intriguing and entertaining experience is not to be missed. This is an opportunity to gain a real insight into Wilf’s artistic practice, the inspiration and ideas behind his artwork and make your own pieces of Wilf art. This event includes Artists tour of the exhibition, Live Music by the artist, Making of your own Wilf Artwork, Slide show presentation & question time. £5 per person.
Italian Connection – 24th of March – 5th of May.
Italian Food, Live Music, Artists Talks & Demonstrations in the Gallery throughout this exhibition.
Be transported to Italy through this exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and glass work by renowned British and International Artists inspired and influenced by Italy and Italian Art.
Feature Wall Exhibitions:
Madeleine Vale-  February 16th – 29th.
Already attracting a lot of interest is this inspiring exhibition of relief sculptural forms and watercolour prints by this fantastic artist. If you like natural forms, in particular Hares you will love Madelein’s artwork.
Felt Landscape Inspirations, hand created by Sue Mulcock – 1st March – 31st March.
Through her fascinating felt artwork Sue captures the subtle colours, atmosphere’s and details of the landscape.  A must see exhibition, complimented by Sue’s felt workshop on Saturday the 31st of March.
Also featured in our Local’s gallery are the unique and beautiful paintings of local artistDes Jones as well as work by Jan Ibbotson, Bob Guy & Ian Walton. Don’t miss Peter Walker’s Dynamic Corten Steel sculpture exhibited in the gallery for 1 month only!
Willow Gallery Shop
The shop is brimming with our new spring collection of unique hand crafted products including fabulous glassware by Fox Glass, ceramic sculptures by Madeline Vale as well as locally made natural body care products by Cunnynge herbs, imaginativetextile bags, colourful willow baskets and much, much more  
Enjoy a relaxed and inspiring shopping experience and find those perfect birthday and mother’s day presents or something special for your home.
Willow Gallery Workshops:
Wilf’s Saturday Workshops
2-3.30pm – All Welcome.
On cutting. 18th Feb
Enjoy free style cutting of paper and materials from plastics to T-shirts. You can get inspirations from the exhibition around you and examples from other artists.
On lines. 25th Feb
The simple process of making lines should lead to a visual discussion about the meaning and the effect of this activity. Various materials from our daily life will be used in an interactive way.
 On folding.1 March
We live with folding and unfolding and packaging and opening.
This should be looked at with care and worked at with skill and also with a fresh mind for new effects through experimentation.
On hanging 10th March
Consider different ways of hanging things that are precious to you.
Find suitable, inexpensive and convincing ways of hanging art work.
                                                                                             Price: £ 5 per session
Herbalism Talk & Natural Body Care Product Workshop with Cunnynge Herbs
Saturday the 17th of March – Free Talk –1-1.30pm Workshop 1.30-3pm.
Find out more about herbalism and make three fantastic body care products in the relaxed environment of the willow gallery. The products and their recipes can then be taken home and be enjoyed.  Perfect event for mother’s day.
‘Your kitchen cupboards hold more than just ingredients for cooking. In a short but informative talk I will open your eyes to the little known uses of common culinary herbs and cooking ingredients.  From remedies for colds and upset tummies to beauty treatments your kitchen cupboards will become a new and exciting place turning your kitchen into a pharmacy and beauty salon. In our modern world of chemist shops and beauty counters we have lost the knowledge our great-grandmothers took for granted and used in their every day life. Many of the remedies they used have now been backed up with scientific evidence making them even more relevant for today in a time when we are looking for ways to reduce our bills and embracing a homemade life. After the talk I will demonstrate three recipes which you can easily make at home. You will then have the opportunity to make your own products to take home along with the recipes so you can make them again with confidence. Places are strictly limited on the workshop so please book in advance.’ Teri Longhurst – Cunnynge Herbs
Feltmaking Workshop with Sue Mulcock
Saturday the 31st of March  1-3pm
Explore the exciting world of felt making, learn new techniques and create your own fabulous felt pieces.
Also at The Willow Gallery our Regular Watercolour Classes, Young Artists Group & After School Art Group.
 Please contact the gallery for further information about any of our events and to book workshop places.
Additional Events:
Flamenco Dance Classes
Every Saturday 11am-12noon – starting the 18th of February – Dunbabin Gallery.
‘More than just a dance form, flamenco is a wonderful life enhancing experience and a great way to keep fit.’
Beginners: Classes £5 per Person. Enquiries & Info:
Tel: Fiona on 07834599698.
Spring Art & Craft Fair – Friday 30th & Saturday 31st of March
Enjoy browsing a wonderful selection of handcrafted gifts, textiles, jewellery and artwork from local makers, in the relaxed environment of the Willow Gallery.                         
If you would like to have a stall at the Craft Fair, please ask in the gallery for details.
The Willow Gallery, 56 Willow Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 1AE.
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Screamin’ Chicken Gallery work by Jas and Jood

In the current exhibition Jood Gough a painter and printer has turned to 3D and Jas Davidson a sculptor has turned to drawing and painting… interesting experiment!

A visit to Rowanthorn

Today I paid a visit to Rowanthorn in Bailey Street Oswestry and met Mike who runs it. Mike kindly allows Inside Out Art group to display works in a back area of the shop, and it was great to see Maddy’s work there looking great.

For the ARTWORKS project I have recently decided to make artworks in response to the Rowanthorn business. I was stunned by the colours, and of course also the fabrics, and this place has got me all enthused! Couldn’t leave without buying a scarf. It’s an Alladin’s cave. Don’t forget to drop buy sometime…. Welcome to our new website!

photographic Exhibition

Marches Independent Photography

Marches Independent Photography is holding an exhibition of member’s work. We invite you to come and enjoy this, our fifth exhibition at:-
The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock
From 25th February until 15th April
We are a small informal group of photographers based around Shropshire and the Marches. All of the pictures on show have been selected by the person who produced them and not by a panel of judges. In this way we hope the exhibition reflects our aim of encouraging diversity and innovation alongside the development of classic photographic skills.
We welcome new members and visitors to any of our meetings.
Visit our website to see more of our work and news of meetings:

The Street is my Canvas

One of the greatest things about graffiti and street art in general is the way in which it utilises the urban, architectural environment as part of the composition of pieces. They are true site-specific works, as without their environment, their location and context, they mean so much less. Thoughtful, accomplished, responsive, interactive – if only more gallery-based work were like this. [Pictures via Diana Baur]

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Artists – say goodbye to all those gungy and unmanagegable bits of bubblewrap. Pay just a little more and continually re-use these bags.

They are amazingly strong and waterproof made to measure (or standard sized) bags for carrying paintings, and what’s more if you need any in a hurry, you can depend upon Gary to get them to you as in “almost yesterday!”  You just email what you want and he will phone you for card details.

I cannot praise the product or the company enough.Stiffy Bag – The Art Bag  Thanks Gary.



At The Willow Gallery

Friday 17th February 7.30-9pm

All Welcome

A fantastic opportunity to hear this unique and engaging artist talking about his work and approach. You will also be invited to engage with the artwork and create your own piece to take home.

·      Artist’s tour of the Exhibition

·      Make your own Wilf Artwork

·      Slide Show Presentation

·      Question Time

£5 includes complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice


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