Tag Archive: Diana Baur


Mind, Body & Spirit – venue update

mandala_1We’re sorry to have to report that EnergyCreative yoga studios on Beatrice Street is having to close. Apparently they just weren’t able to make the business side work well enough to justify leasing the space.

This means that the Mind, Body & Spirit exhibition is now located in Rowanthorn Fair Trade Clothing and Gifts only. Because of the number of works submitted for the exhibition, I’ll be rotating them through over the course of the show. At present, the exhibition includes works by:

  • Diana Baur
  • Ann Spence
  • Joan Santana
  • Maddy Vale
  • Derek Kelly
  • John Swogger
  • Mandy Whitehouse
  • Sandra Tickle
  • Jacqui Dodds

Next month, they’ll be joined by works by Kate Callaghan-Evans, Jude Greaves, Tony Roberts and Ted Roberts.

Do stop into Rowanthorn in Chapel Court, Oswestry (just opposite Milano’s cafe) and have a look upstairs at the exhibition. It looks good, and will feature in the Oswestry Advertiser next week.

A Welcome in the Hillside

"Time Has Told Me" - Diana Baur via dianabaur.co.uk

“Time Has Told Me” – Diana Baur via dianabaur.co.uk

Far away a voice is calling,
Bells from memory do chime.
Come home again, come home again,
They call through the oceans of time.

It’s spring in the Ceiriog valley, the lambs are playing on new grass, the late daffodils are still nodding by the side of the road, and the hedgerows are just coming into leaf – and it’s time for part three of our Ceiriog exhibition at The Hand in Llanarmon D.C. Everyone has been really complimentary about the work that’s gone up since last year, and visitors and locals alike have certainly appreciated the local theme. We’ve made some unexpected sales, too, which has been a real boost.

For June, July and August, the mini-theme is – Ceiriog: Past, present and future. It’s another pretty broad theme – anything to do with the Ceiriog valley and its history, the way it is now, or what might happen in years to come. Some ideas that have already been circulating have focused on historic buildings and landscapes, the way places change from year to year, the way the generations change and so on. 

As we all know, the spring and summer is a busy season – weddings, walkers and day-trippers fill the village weekdays and weekends. There are loads of special events scheduled too – including a celebration in June for Martin and Gaynor’s tenth anniversary at The Hand!

Hopefully everyone will feel inspired – and if you’re inspiration is in need of a boost, well, there’s an excuse right there to come down to The Hand for a meal or a pint in the sunshine!

We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside,
We’ll keep a welcome in the Vales.
This land you knew will still be singing,
When you come home again to Wales.

“There’s a Welcome in the Hillside” (traditional)

Bank Holiday Art & Craft Fair!

poster_3_smNext weekend is the Underhill Farm Art & Craft Fair, at Underhill Farm in Pant, nr. Llanymynech. We’ve got a great group of artists, who are not just exhibiting – but demonstrating and running activities as well! It’s going to be a great weekend, with the chance to see new works by Gill Crozier, Jim Heath, Jude Greaves, and Tony Roberts, among others.

It’s also a chance to work alongside people like Wilf Thust, Dorothy Harrison, Diana Baur in a series of workshops and family art activities running all through the weekend. Plus there will be craft workshops and demonstrations, music, a cafe and more!

So, looking for somewhere to take the grandkids this weekend? Want to get out and watch local artists and crafters exploring this hidden corner of the Borderlands? Head down to Underhill Farm for a great three days!

Here are directions to Underhill Farm, plus a map. Postcode reference for sat.nav. is: SY10 9RB.

More Art & The Word at Oswestry Library

Making Oswestry Library a real local arts hub!

Making Oswestry Library a real local arts hub!

Our Art & the Word exhibition at Oswestry Library has moved – and expanded! We’re now occupying the area immediately above the computers between the DVD racks and the kids’ reading area – directly opposite the main desk.

The exhibition has both 2- and 3-D works by Aimee Henderson, Rob Baur, Diana Baur, Freja Evans and John Swogger. The exhibition of book- and word-related art will last all year, and works will be rotated in and out as people bring them to me. I’m hoping that later in the summer we’ll have an exhibition on some of the work from Underhill Farm and Holy Trinity School. I’m also hoping that we can do something book/word/Christmas related for December.

Debbie at the Library said that people have been extremely enthusiastic about the exhibition, and positive comments still come in about our event for National Libraries Day. The library are now actively encouraging anyone with any interest in doing art workshops, demonstrations, working days or activities in the library to come and talk to them. There is working space available for rent in the library building for one-day workshops, and they can always find space for demonstrations or working days.

I’m also now setting up a Word Art Roundtable for anyone who’s interested in taking part in a regular get-together at Oswestry Library to work on book-/word-/library- related art. Please email and/or comment on this post if this sounds like your thing. I’d like to start in May.

Simply a line going for a walk

Saturday in Llanarmon D.C. – sunshine and sketching!

          “Drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”

                                                                          Paul Klee

What better way to make the most of a day of glorious sunshine, than to collectively heed Paul Klee’s advice and take our lines… for a walk?

From Llanarmon D.C. to Hendre Quarry is about 2 1/4 miles country walk through river-side forests, across little streams, over bridges and through cattle fields.

Starting from the Tithebarn Studios, where Diana was invigilating the Tithebarn Studios Group exhibition for Helfa Gelf, a small group of us walked from the centre of the village, up the hill leading out of the village past the Church of St. Garmon, with its Bronze Age burial mound and 2,000-year old yew trees. Leaving the road, we turned down the footpath that lead past the Old Ty Coch Barn, and through the bluebell woods of Coed Fedw. From the woods, the path lead through a sun-dappled pasture to a short lane leading to the village of Tregeiriog. Over the bridge to the other side of the River Ceiriog, then turning right at the bus shelter, we followed the road up the hill, past the Old Tregeiriog Cemetery, and down towards Pontricket Farm. There we left the road, following the tiny lane with its nine-foot high hedges on either side, back over the river, and up past Farthing Farm and into the quarry.

Hendre Quarry itself is a compact heritage landscape, full of old buildings, railway archaeology and evidence of the industries that once powered the Ceiriog valley. You follow the line of the old quarry tramway track down the hill to the entrance the quarry itself. The granite quarry is a truly impressive excavation into the hillside – totally hidden from view until you get down into it. From the quarry you can walk down past the crushing mill to the old gunpowder works, past the remains of the locomotive shed and the company offices. From the quarry, the Glyn Valley Tramway took the granite down to the Great Western Railway at Chirk and the Shropshire Union Canal at Gledrid (near where the roundabout is now).

Anyway, enough history – basically, this is all to hammer home that there’s tons of stuff to draw down at Hendre: ruined buildings, fantastic cliffs in the quarry, the rolling river with its ancient bridges – anything and everything an artist could wish for. Unfortunately, we’d started our walk a bit too late in the day to spend too much time at there this time – but we did have at least enough time to take some photos and some notes – and plan our return.

Anyone else fancy a day at Hendre Quarry before the summer vanishes completely? I’m happy to lead another walk down there – perhaps this time starting from Pandy (by Jan’s studio) so that we can spend more of our time sketching and painting. Now that we’re planning our “Ceiriog” exhibition at The Hand, it would give people interested in hanging works a chance to spend a day getting inspiration.

Helfa Gelf Sketching Day in Llanarmon

Sketching Day in Llanarmon D.C. to mark the first weekend of the North Wales Helfa Gelf/Art Trail – Saturday, Sept. 8th, 11am

Here’s an upcoming date for your calendars: It’s going to be the first weekend of the Helfa Gelf/Art Trail across North Wales starting Friday, Sept. 7th. Inside Out artists Diana Baur and Rosie Davies, together with Rob Davies, are going to be exhibiting as the Tithebarn Studio Group in the Tithebarn Studio in the middle of Llanarmon D.C.

We thought this would be a good opportunity to schedule an Inside Out Sketching Day in Llanarmon D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 8th. We’ll meet up at the Tithebarn Studio at 11am, and base ourselves in and around the village, the church and the river. If the weather’s fine, John has offered to lead a Sketching Walk to some nearby hillside locations. In the afternoon we’ll break for tea at The Hand Hotel.

The weather should be fine, but if not, there’s plenty of cover to draw, paint and photograph from. If anyone needs directions or more information, get in touch – otherwise, we look forward to seeing you in Llanarmon!

Sketching Day & Sketching Walk

Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog – Saturday, September 8th

(at the end of the B4500 from Chirk)

Meet at the Tithebarn Studio in the centre of the village at 11am

Tea at The Hand Hotel

Jolly Good Show!

Oswestry Show! All pix from Freja.

Thanks to everyone who helped make yesterday an excellent day at the Oswestry Show!

A very big thank you to Louise Hudson and D.R.E. & Co. Accounting, who kindly offered us half their pitch after hearing me talk about Art Works at the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce meeting. Thanks to Jim Heath, Judy Greaves, Jas Davidson, Diana Baur, Rob Baur and Freja who helped get everything set up at a very early 8am in the morning. And thanks to all the Inside Out artists who stopped by and drew, painted, sketched and carved in front of the marquee. Particular thanks to Freja for the invigorating and delicious chocolate/coffee/rum fairy cakes – which vanished so fast I almost didn’t get any!

Everyone was very complimentary about our set-up – and, I think, surprised at the link-up between an accounting firm and an art group. It was an extremely successful partnership – D.R.E & Co. got something interesting in front of their marquee, and Inside Out got a chance to exhibit at the show for free. Not only were we highly visible, and gave out loads of leaflets about the group and our projects – but we also came away with a handful of commissions: proof that if you get yourself out there and make yourself visible, that people will – and do – take an interest in you and your work.

We all had a great day – despite the fact that at quarter to four, the heavens opened and we were hammered with rain and hail. More importantly, we had a very successful day, too. Thanks again to everyone who made it work – and let’s start making plans for next year!

 

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