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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.

“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.

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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