Archive for February, 2018

The magic of wool! at Oswestry Library.

Claire final touchesClaire Ankers and Diana Baur had a wonderful morning arranging a display of one of Britain’s best natural fibres in Oswestry Library. Forget fossil fuel based clothes and choose natural materials that have stood the test of time. Wool is a winner in Winter! Wrap up warmly and head along to Oswestry Library to see all the lovely things Claire Ankers makes – covered soaps, hand knitted bags, skeins of beautiful wool – lots to see! And all 100% ecco friendly!



Painting with Words! Willow Gallery Oswestry – all welcome!

Painting with Words Invitation

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

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, 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.



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 and you can also book online here.

Course leaflet COLLAGRAPH 2 DAY March 2018

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