On till the end of May, this exhibition is AMAZING!! Train from Welshpool takes 1.5 hours to Aberystwyth station and the Library is a short walk up the hill from there. The Library is adjacent to the University Campus, staff are very welcoming and refreshments are delicious and subsidised!

Diana and Sandy visited last Tuesday, and this is what Diana had to say:

“Fabulous trip to Aberystwyth National Library of Wales yesterday to see Distillation – Shani Rhys James‘s exhibition.

Both Sandy and I were “blown away” by the power of the individual paintings, the display, the richness of the narratives and the dialogue that starts to happen when you stand in front of these works.

The arrangement of the small portraits in little bays of their own in contrast to the very large works in the larger spaces felt right. It encouraged one to wander from the vastness of the gallery into a close small space and back out again, suggestive of how life itself is a tapestry of an outer busy world and an inner, reflective raw and challenging world where we constantly ask the big questions.

We were also struck by the very 3D nature of some of the works that becomes very apparent when you stand right back from them – a luxury not always available in other galleries – and the joy of being surrounded by such a visual feast.

There were a number of other visitors there as well, but we were afforded a whole half hour on our own to ponder and indulge ourselves. Thank you Shani – a very memorable experience.

(also of note was easy parking, a delicious and very economical lunch – we each bought the book “The Black Cot” followed by a walk along the prom in June-like sunshine -plus an ice cream. Our drive there had been magical through the beauty of the Welsh countryside and a break at the Penrhos Arms for coffee at Cemaes. The staff at The National Library of Wales are amazingly helpful and welcoming.”