Tag Archive: Llanarmon D.C.


Snow above the Ceiriog

Snow! And plenty of it...

Snow! And plenty of it…

A small group of us – well, two – braved the cold and made our way up to the moors today above Llanarmon D.C. Still a bit grey overhead, with snow clouds low enough to mask the tops of the hills, merging the snow into the sky.

Armed with cameras and sketchpads, we made it as far as the woods at Tyn-y-Coed. Absolutely still, silent and beautiful up there – snow still clinging to the branches overhead, and carved into deep, fluted ridges across the road by the low wind.

Back down to the village to sit by the fire and work up some sketches – a handful of prints now a distinct possibility. Plenty of inspiration up there in the snow!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

A brief break in the storm - cold but beautiful!

A brief break in the storm – cold but beautiful!

Everyone’s getting a real taste of winter today, and Llanarmon is no exception. The whole valley is under a blanket of snow – we’ve got 12cm at the moment up here in the village, and it’s still coming down.

Looks fantastic – and if anyone’s thinking of heading to the valley to grab some sketches or photographs for the “Ceiriog” exhibition at The Hand, this weekend would be a great time to come. I’ve been out today with a camera, and as long as things don’t get too arctic tomorrow, I’ll try and head out up onto the moors to do the same.

Intrepid souls are welcome to join me! Weather permitting, if I go out, I’ll be leaving The Hand at about 11am, heading either up Heartbreak Hill towards Penybryn and the Rhyd Caledwynt, or up the Llanrhaeadr Road to the footpath up the side of Pen y Glog.

Sketching in Llanarmon D.C.!

And finally, the rain stopped...

And finally, the rain stopped…

I know this is a bit last-minute, but with all the sun we’re having I’m tempted to go out and do some sketching tomorrow: I’ve got drawings to do for the new Hand Walk Book Martin and I are working on.

If anyone’s interested, I’m going to be sketching around Llanarmon D.C. tomorrow morning and early afternoon – the Church, Ysgubor Draw and around the Village Hall – probably going out around 11am and finishing about 3pm with tea in The Hand.

Maybe see some of you tomorrow!

“Ceiriog” at The Hand

New exhibition at The Hand in Llanarmon D.C., running from Oct.-Dec. this year.

As you know, the Inside Out group has been invited to exhibit in the dining room of The Hand Hotel in Llanarmon D.C. by Martin and Gaynor DeLuchi since 2008.

For the past five years we’ve run that exhibition along the lines of a “Current Work Show”, enabling artists to exhibit works from their current portfolio. Although we’ve always had a lot of interest in the exhibition (it’s even been mentioned in several reviews of the hotel), we’ve always known that visitors have liked the art more when it’s had a local flavour to it. We’ve also always known that it’s this art that generates more sales and more commissions.

So, after some discussions with Martin and Gaynor, we’ve decided to try something different at The Hand. For the next year, we’ll be trying out “themes” for each quarterly exhibition. Each theme will reflect the locality, season or region, giving the group the chance to showcase the paintings, drawings, prints and photographs they do inspired by this particular corner of the country.

Our first theme, from October to December this year, is “Ceiriog“. This could be taken as the valley, the river, or even the poet. We’re looking for any artwork that reflects this theme. Although the exhibition is open, space is limited. Please contact us through the blog or by email as soon as possible if you’d like to submit work. A photo and measurements of your work is essential, so that we can work out where to hang the piece. Work accepted for exhibition needs to be brought to The Hand no later than Friday, Sept. 28th (which gives you 2 1/2 weeks), as we will be hanging on Sunday afternoon.

As part of this revised programme of exhibition at The Hand, we will be doing more publicity for each quarterly show, with colour posters and press releases to local newspapers and organisations associated with The Hand. At the end of 2013, we will produce a catalogue of the year’s exhibition, for sale over the Christmas and New Year period.

Hopefully this will help us make the most of the exhibition opportunity Martin and Gaynor have so kindly offered us over the years.

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

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