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Roger Cecil talk at MOMA

Diana and Sandy had a great day out yesterday  to attend the talk by Peter Wakelin on Roger Cecil at MOMA Machynlleth.

Peter Wakelin gave great insight into Cecil, and Cecil’s fascination with African art and how that influenced some of his work, and the visceral links andsimilarities between the suffering of African slaves on ships and the suffering endured by the miners in Abertillary come through very strongly. Cecil’s use of pattern and symbolism to express feelings works exceptionally well.IMG_2152

If you have not seen this exhibition, it’s definitely one not to miss. Also on are a

Gallery Tour

Saturday 20 May @ 12:00

A tour of the Roger Cecil exhibition by Dr Peter Wakelin

Free Admission


Roger Cecil Conference

Saturday 17 June @ 10:00-16:00

Landscape to Abstraction: The Transformation of Place in Art, Music, Literature

A day of presentations and discussion organised by Dr Peter Wakelin to accompany the exhibition Roger Cecil: Inside the Studio, followed by a concert of music that evokes landscape.

Programme to be announced

£20 (including concert below)


We are sending everyone a provisional date for a sketching day at The Chain Bridge Llangollen – Tuesday 16th May.

(There is a possibility that we may have to change the date, but will post on here as soon as!

Look forward to seeing you all in the Chainbridge bar for a coffee at 11.0 pm – or later as suits anyone –  before heading out for some serious sketching and talking about art and catching up, lunch break etc)

Where does time go????

Dear artists

April is shooting past and it is now Easter. I have not managed to fix up a new get together or sketching date for April. It will have to be May now!

As the weather is perking up it would be good to have a sketching day, perhaps in Llangollen. Do get in touch with any ideas for our next day.

Hope you are all enjoying a lovely Easter weekend. I loved this video about artist Terry Setch that Stephen West posted on FB


We recently visited MOMA in Machynlleth where there is a stunning exhibition of Roger Cecil’s work. Blown away by it!! On till end June. Also Ruthin Craft Centre was another good day out. Hope you are all drawing, painting, sculpting or just simply gazing into the middle distance! See you all soon. Diana

Uplifting and enriching gathering at Hilary Cowley-Greer’s today!

Hilary lives in a beautiful and fascinating house, parts of which date back to the 17 hundreds. Her new main studio for painting and related works has an original tiled floor an open fire and light streaming in through the leaded light windows. A stunning charcoal drawing of Eleanor Bron is a work in progress and other drawings and paintings are also on display. We were treated to a demonstration of how Hilary works her copper and iron wire figures, some of which she intends to embed in glass panels.

The house is resplendent with many artworks, both her own and those of artists she  and her husband collect.

A tiny room with a ceramic kiln is off the well stocked walled back garden, bursting with every kind of inspiration for an artist.

Hilary explained various kiln processes using clay, plaster casts, silicone casts and glass firings.

We spent a good hour after tea talking about our art, exhibitions and other artists. Huge thanks to Hilary for a most enjoyable afternoon.

If you are an artist living near the North Wales border reading this and would be willing to host  group of artists one afternoon to share your practice and discover something about theirs, just get in touch with Diana on


Message from Ruth Thomas

Hello all,

Just letting you know that my new website was completed recently – and I’m very pleased with it – with the addition of a ‘Workshops’ section, providing details of printmaking courses for adults in my studio. You may like to take a look!

For those interested in workshops, there is one place available on a three day course from 24th – 26th March, ‘Printmaking with collage: the complete picture’. This will cover relief and intaglio approaches to making and printing a collagraph and is suitable for any subject matter.

There are also two new courses, or rather a repeat of ones that have run before: ‘Cut & collage – creative printmaking’ on Saturday 20th May and ‘Natural Impressions’ on Saturday 10th June.

For full details and to book a place please go to the ‘Workshops’ section of the website.

If you happen to be at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, before 4th April, you might like to take a look in the Education Gallery, where you will see some wonderful prints produced by primary school children, during my recent residency in Flintshire schools.

Best wishes,


Ruth Thomas

07808 078693



Heralding us into Spring, Hilary Cowley-Greer is inviting us to her larger studio space for our next get together on Tuesday 21st March at 2.0 pm!

Hilary’s  artworks include some amazing drawings, prints, ceramic figures and jewellery.


Hilary lives at 57 Willow Street Oswestry SY11 1AQ just up the road from the Willow Gallery

on the other side. tel: 01691 680831

(Parking is limited, but there are often spaces around the corner in Welsh Walls or roads off Welsh Walls. Alternatively the main car park is about 7 mins walk away in the centre of Oswestry)

All welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!



***WORKING & FUNDRAISING AS A COMMUNITY ARTIST*** Saturday 11th of March in Newtown at Glanhafren Market Hall This session aims to demystify the term community artist and participatory arts, show you how to fundraise successfully and deliver work for other arts organisations, schools, galleries, venues and the like. There will be a session on fundraising delivered by PAVO and supporting hands on practical sessions lead by Arts Connection. Hear about pop up participatory arts at Oriel Davies as we reflect on the ‘Open Space’ project and find out about opportunities for its second year. We finish the day with a panel discussion focused on living and working as a community artist involving two artists, Arts Connection’s Arts Manager Siân Walters and Alison Pierse the Art & Design Coordinator from Aberystwyth University. Both organisations employ community artists and are happy to answer your questions. We are hoping to inspire and show how to make a living.
Saturday, March 11 at 9:45am
Glanhafren Market Hall, 26 Market St, Newtown SY16 2PD
You were invited by Nina Wehling

Really interesting discussions at our meeting today in The Willow Gallery

Josie showed us her sketchbook and some paintings and explained how she had become interested in Winifred Nicholson – the perhaps rarely talked about first wife of Ben Nicholson who later married Barbara Hepworth with whom he had triplets that were apparently “farmed out” from the age of 3 months to 2 years, did you know!! Josie is currently interested in Winifred’s paintings of windows looking out from interiors, exploring the private and public, the inside and and outside of our lives. We critiqued some of Josie’s works which she found very helpful.


Winifred Nicholson

Clive showed us a photo of one of his best portraits so far – an amazingly Rembrandt type beautiful painting of Chris Dunbabin which we are all looking forward to seeing “in the flesh”. He pointed out a few artists that have inspired him (very well worth looking up!) :- Pam Hawkes who paints on copper

Coccon. oil, beeswax and dutch metal on board. 69cm. x 69cm.

Coccon. oil, beeswax and dutch metal on board. 69cm. x 69cm.

Pam Hawkes

Victor Wang whose techniques with paint are breathtaking.


Victor Wang

And Uriel Dana and Jane Ray – see below:-


Uriel Dana


Jane Ray children’s illustrator

Holly talked of her interest  and current research into portraits that included textiles and how to perfect painting them, for example fur, cloth, patchwork, knitting etc Holly’s current set of portraits are on display in the current Willow Gallery exhibition along with a beautiful wall of Frank Trigg’s work (he popped in to say hello!) Darren Frazer’s painterly portraits of people filled with feeling and emotion and Beatrix’s reclining sculptures.

Hilary showed us three excellent portraits of the same model all achieve on one day – one in graphite, and two different views in paint.

Exhibitions to visit: MOMA in Machynlleth where Stephen West is showing a new set of Tree drawings and paintings and Ffin-y-Parc which is alway well worth a visit.

After a general discussion about Emin’s bed – a newer , smaller sanitised version? (Discuss!) (the original owned by Saatchi succumbed to fire years ago) on view at Tate Liverpool, and how Rob taught Tracy French in a Margate  school way back, except she was always absent, we went our separate ways re-energised with ideas and resolutions!

A lovely meeting, well supported by Willow Eatery drinks and delicious snacks.Hilary has offered to host the next meeting in March, a date to be confirmed. Watch this space! Happy drawing painting and sculpting everyone!

Hillfort Hug and community Spirit!


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