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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.

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Great notebook meeting

Sketchbook – Mattias Adolfsson via behance.net

Nice relaxed notebook meeting this afternoon at The Willow. We took up a sunny set of sofas all afternoon, and it seemed like we managed to talk about almost everything – from tattoos to Peter Blake, from limited(?) edition prints to artists’ trading cards.

A laundry list of information to pass around to everyone this month:

  • Clive Wilson is now a trustee at The Qube, and would like to collect suggestions from all us Inside Out artists to pass onto the board. How could the Qube serve local artists better? What do we think about the exhibition space(s) at The Qube? What about the events they organise? Anything they could do better/differently?
  • Any ideas, pass them along to us via comment here and we’ll send them Clive’s way – or, Diana will be sending out a round-robin email as well.
  • Also, Jenny’s got a piece in the Qube’s Open Art Exhibition. They go on display Sept. 14th, so go along and catch the show – and vote for Jenny for the People’s Choice Award!
  • Speaking of exhibitions, Chloe’s fantastic portraits and landscapes are still up in the The Griffon on Albion Hill until the end of next week.
  • Still on the subject of exhibitions, after conversations with Martin and Gaynor at The Hand in Llanarmon D.C., we’re going to start “theming’ our hangings in the hotel Dining Room. We’re hoping that choosing local and regional themes will help boost sales and make the hangings seem more focused and coherent. For October through December, our theme will be “Ceiriog” – the river, the valley, the poet: interpret the theme as you wish. If anyone’s interested, drop your work by my studio in the Cambrian Buildings, or treat yourself to a trip down to Llanarmon and leave it with Diana in her Glandwr Studio. We’ll be selecting work at the end of September and we’ll discuss themes for 2013 next month too.
  • If you do fancy coming down to Llanarmon, this coming Saturday would be a good day: it’s the start of Helfa Gelf this coming weekend, and Diana, Rosie Davies and Rob Davies are exhibiting as the Thithebarn Studio Group in Llanarmon. So, to help kick the Helfa Gelf season off, we’re having a Sketching Day, this Saturday, Sept. 8th in Llanarmon D.C. Meet up at the Tithebarn Studios or The Hand at 11am. We’ll sketch in the Tithebarn gardens, plus we’ll venture up to the old barn below Ty Coch above the village.
  • And while you’re deciding on what to do this weekend, don’t forget that the Heritage Open Day events are happening all around Oswestry. Special shout out for the film showing of “Decasia” in the Llanymynech Lime Kilns on Sunday afternoon, and the exhibition of Neil Phillips’ 366 tee-shirts in Hermon Chapel in Oswestry. Plenty of other stuff happening all weekend – in fact, from tomorrow onwards.
  • Also open this weekend will be Underhill Farm in Pant. Steve and Irene are looking for artists interested in running workshops and courses at the farm. Stop by and have a word with them and have a look around their great set-up. They’ve got some really nice converted buildings perfect for a wide range of art and craft working/teaching. If you miss this weekend’s open day, we’ll be organising a winter sketching day down there at some point either before Christmas or in the New Year.

That’s it until next month. If we don’t see you at a sketching day or something through September, see you at our next Notebook Meeting at The Willow on the first Wednesday of October!

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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