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Not to be missed! Chester Cathedral exhibition!

Dear Artists and followers of all things ART!!

THANKS TO ALEC SHEPLEY FOR SHARING THIS – it looks to be an exhibition really worth getting to! Absolutely love this carving of Noah and the many possible implications of the bird’s feet on his eyes!

PLEASE NOTE: Since our sketching day in Llangollen we have not arranged another day out or meeting. John is SO busy his feet are hardly touching the ground and Diana is hobbling about on crutches preparing for an imminent right hip replacement op. SO IF ANYONE ELSE FEELS LIKE ARRANGING A GET-TOGETHER NOW THAT THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ARE NEARLY UPON US PLEASE DO SO! IF YOU WOULD LIKE EITHER OF US TO POST UP ANY DATES ETC, JUST LET US KNOW, AND WE’LL DO OUR BEST!


Diana July 9th 2017


Ellesmere College Art Exhibition on daily 11.0-5.0 until Sunday 11.0-2.0

Work by Diana Baur

Work by Holly Hayward

Photos courtesy of Holly Hayward.

Sketching Tomorrow – directions

For everyone that’s coming to our sketching day tomorrow at the Chainbridge, the best place to park is probably the Horseshoe Falls carpark – marked with the red circle on the map.

Follow the B5103 or the A5 west out of Llangollen, towards Corwen. If you drive along the A5, turn off the road over the sharp bend and fantastic little bridge over the River Dee, then left onto the B road on the other side, and almost immediately again left into the carpark. If you’re coming along the B road, you’ll see signs on the road, and make a left hand turn into the carpark.

In addition to the Victorian chainbridge itself (1), recently restored and reopened, there are the Horseshoe Falls (2), the start of the Llangollen canal (3), the restored Victorian railway station (4), and the church further on up the footpath. And if the weather is bad, we can always retreat to the Chainbridge Hotel for a cup of tea.

See you tomorrow at 11am!

Ruth Thomas, printmaker at Theatre Clwyd!


A group of us visited Ruth’s studio a while back and were privileged to see her work and her workings. She gave us real insight both into her processes and her influences and art thinking. So we are very pleased to flag up this current show at Theatre Clwyd.


New exhibition at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold.  – Ruth has five pieces in this show, which is selection of work by artists who took part in Helfa Gelf Open Studios last year. Ruth has an image of her work on the invitation. The title of this piece is ‘Their Edges Disintegrating into Dust’, which is a phrase taken from her mother’s writing. The image is also taken from her writing, her handwriting, a fragment of the word ‘edges’.

Wow things happening at Black Park!

black park chamber music festival A4 poster - feb 2017

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


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