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FREE GUIDE

crickhowell open studios Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 25–27 May 2019

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CRiC: Community and Open Studios Hub CRiC’s staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming visitors again during this celebration of the vibrant, diverse and inspiring art in our community. It is the perfect time to catch up with friends over a cup of coffee at CRiC and chat to our volunteers about places to linger en-route before you explore some of the 29 venues showcasing wonderful art and craftsmanship. Jan Morgan, Centre Manager Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre Beaufort Street Crickhowell NP8 1BN Tel: 01873 811970 fb.com/visitcrickhowell twitter.com/orielcric instagram/orielcric Registered Charity Number: 1106479. Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Cardiff 4668297.

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Crickhowell Open Studios Supporting artists across the region, the Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend returns for the eleventh year to showcase the talent and creative lives of the artists who live and work in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Whether meeting an artist in their private studio or discovering pop-up artist collectives in churches, galleries or cafes, art lovers can gain access to a wonderful world of creativity. With the work of well over 300 artists in 29 venues to explore , it promises to be yet another inspiring and enjoyable event. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see and meet artists practising a wide range of techniques, with specialists in all kinds of printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles, sculpture and much more. Studios are free to visit, with plenty of places to stop off to eat and drink and enjoy the beauty of the area so that you can make a day of it. Most of the work on display will be for sale and many artists will be happy to accept commissions or open their studios by appointment at other times of the year. Thank you to everyone who supports the event by showing their art, working behind the scenes, advertising or visiting during the weekend and perhaps even purchasing something that will give lasting pleasure. Suzette Pratten, Open Studios Co-ordinator Oriel CRiC Gallery, Crickhowell Email: gallery@visitcrickhowell.co.uk Tel: 01873 813665

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Open Studios Parking Parking is always at a premium in Crickhowell and we would like all our visitors to park and enjoy all the town has to offer. Additional free parking on the outskirts of the town will be clearly sign posted, so please follow those red arrows and stroll along enjoying the art and perhaps even a leisurely drink or lunch as you go.

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Open Art Competition The Open Art Exhibition at the Oriel CRiC Gallery brings together a wonderfully diverse mix of works in a vast array of styles and media. It challenges the judges to award prizes and delights the visitors who enjoy the opportunity to cast their vote for the ‘Visitors’ Choice’ Award The exhibition is launched on Friday 24 May and continues until 7 July 2019. During the 2018 exhibition, the panel of judges who consisted of Robert Macdonald, Morgan Llewellyn and Liz Buckler, deemed the watercolour ‘Portrait of Sir Michael Gambon’ by Callie-Ann Healey (C) a worthy overall winner, receiving a prize of £500. Natalie Chapman was awarded the runner up prize for ‘Parrot for Father’ (D), Abi Phillips won the Young Artist award with a painting of ‘Ellie the Lamb’ (A) and during the Open Studios Weekend visitors voted Helen Crawford’s mixed media piece ‘Autumn Light’ (B) as the Visitors’ Choice winner. The generous donations of prize money reflect the immense support the Oriel CRiC Gallery receives from individuals who value its ethos. Their support is very much appreciated.

Crickhowell Open Art 2019 Judges: • James Suter • Lee Wright • Punch Maughan Prizes: • Overall Winner £500 (donated by Ann and Cyril Teasdale) • Runner Up £250 (donated by Patricia Kelly) • Kate White Young Artist Award £250 (donated by CRiC) • Watercolour Prize £250 (donated by Rhian Symes) • Textile Prize £250 (donated by the Jean Williams Foundation) • Visitors’ Choice Prize £250 (donated by the Usk Valley Trust)

A: Abi Phillips B: Helen Crawford C: Callie Ann Healey D: Natalie Chapman

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Explore with the Art Bus The popular Open Studios bus tour gives a birds’ eye view of the area while visiting a number of the more remote venues on the Crickhowell Open Studios trail, offering the opportunity of a relaxed day out. The bus will run from 10.30am until approximately 4.30pm, starting and ending at CRiC. Spaces are limited to 16 so please reserve your seat beforehand by emailing gallery@visitcrichowell.co.uk, calling the gallery on 01873 813667 or popping into the Oriel CRiC Gallery. Prepayment of £15 is required, which includes the cost of a light lunch. On the day please announce your arrival at the reception desk downstairs in CRiC and we will direct you to where the bus is parked.

Monday 27 May On leaving Crickhowell the bus will make its way to Chapel Cottage Studio (venue 25) in Llanddewi Rhydderch where visitors will be welcomed to an exhibition of paintings by popular resident artist Jantien Powell. Jantien and Tirza annually also showcase the work of tutors offering courses, as well as students at the studio. Also in Llanddewi Rhydderch, Textiles at The Weir (venue 24) is home to textile artist Jan Thomas whose work is inspired by the surrounding countryside. Both these venues may inspire visitors to join a course to hone an existing or learn a new skill. Before returning to Tretower where the Crickhowell Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers (venue 17) will be offering a refreshing late lunch, the bus will stop off at Craft Renaissance (venue 27) for a visit to the gallery as well as the working studios of sculptor Lynne Littler and botanical artist Clare Williams. After lunch it is an easy stroll to The Granary Studio (venue 18) where Jenny Care, as well as Jill and Roger Derbyshire will be showing their work. Time permitting the bus will return to Crickhowell via the Danywern Studios (venue 21) at Llangynidr where Rachel Cadman, Philippine Sowerby and Jane Bennett have their studios.

A: Demonstrations at Tretower Village Hall (venue 17) B: Many venues offer teas and cakes to raise funds for a variety of charities C: Lucy Corbett with visitors at the Welsh Academy of Art (venue 19)

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Meet the artist at Oriel CRiC Gallery Artists annually agree to share the benefit of their experience by demonstrating their art form in the CRiC conference room. We are very grateful for their generosity which enables visitors to gain an insight into the talent, craftsmanship and skill which has been honed to produce the works of art. These artists will have work for sale and will be happy to accept commissions

Saturday 25 May Garry Jones (A) returns this year by popular demand to demonstrate his impressive skill of breathing life into clay while creating quirky ceramic sculptures. Familiar phrases take on new meaning as his sense of humour and love of animals shapes the sculptures he creates. Aptly named, ‘Ceramics to make you smile’, they are sure to do just that.

Sunday 26 May Ann Notley (B) uses stumpwork embroidery to re-create in stitch, the abundance of wildflowers and insects that can be found where she lives, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The stitched figures are raised from the surface of the work to form a 3-dimensional effect. Seeing the insects and mushrooms she creates and then realising that they are comprised of tiny stitches is a voyage of discovery. With the support of the Jean Williams Foundation, Ann and Jan Winstanley have established a group who regularly meet in the CRiC conference room to celebrate and share the skill of hand embroidery. Do visit to see them in action, appreciate their skill and learn more about their workshops.

Monday 27 May The gallery is delighted to once again welcome Tracey-Anne Sitch (C) during the weekend. She is a wildlife artist who finds much of her inspiration in the wildlife and landscapes of the beautiful Usk Valley. Her paintings capture the true character of her subject and this has led to her success as an illustrator and author of numerous books. Seeing Tracey-Anne at work will give an insight into the skill needed to create her beautifully intricate watercolours. A: Garry Jones B: Ann Notley C: Tracey-Anne Sitch

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1. Oriel CRiC Gallery Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01873 813667) Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm. With the support of Crickhowell-based, regional and visiting artists, the Oriel CRiC Gallery continues to thrive. The annual programme of 6 changing exhibitions and numerous off site and pop-up exhibitions offers a vibrant selection of work throughout the year which is much appreciated by visitors. Hosting the Open Art Exhibition contributes to it being the perfect starting point during the Crickhowell Open Studios weekend before continuing to explore the wealth of art in the area. The gallery programme for 2019 is as follows: 24 May–7 July:

Open Art Exhibition

25 May–28 June:

‘Recollections’ – Naturally Sew Textile Group Exhibition (CRiC Studio exhibition)

8 July–31 August:

Summer Exhibition

13–19 July :

Crickhowell High School Student Exhibition (CRiC Studio exhibition)

13 July:

CRiC Open Day

2 Sept–9 Nov:

Autumn Exhibition

11 Nov–4 Jan 2020: Christmas At CRiC 6 December:

Late night shopping in Crickhowell

(Additional exhibitions are publicised on www.visitcrickhowell, social media, in the press and via the gallery mailing list.)

The gallery is in the centre of Crickhowell, adjacent to the pay-and-display public car park. CRiC cannot accept any liability for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public while visiting a Crickhowell Open Studios venue. Visitors do so entirely at their own risk. Every effort is made by artists to ensure that their venues are as safe as possible. All copyright of images remains with the artists. A: Ceramics by Valerie James B: Bronze sculpture by Philip Hearsey C: Visitors enjoying the Crickhowell Open Art Exhibition during 2018

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2. Torfaen Art Factory Clarence Hall, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 07421 119922 or 01633 483370) Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm. Once again Torfaen Art Factory returns to Crickhowell for the annual Open Studios Weekend trail. Since last year their enthusiastic and talented group of painters have been producing their best work in anticipation of another brilliant event. They would love you to join them over the weekend to browse through their eclectic and informal exhibition. All work for sale. (Painting featured opposite is by Graham Allen).

Next door to CRiC (Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre) on Beaufort Street.

3. Cag Rodwell Glass 1 Llangenny Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1AN. (Tel: 07932 653665) Sat 25 May: 11am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 11am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 11am–5pm. Cag Rodwell has been designing and creating colourful, quirky and contemporary fused glass art for the past 13 years. Every piece of art is lovingly made in her home studio and is imaginative, humorous and bursting with personality. Through experimentation, research and commission work, Cag is able to constantly challenge herself, develop her skills further and create bespoke pieces that make people smile.

Walking from CRiC towards Abergavenny, pass the fire station, go down the hill, pass the health centre. Llangenny Lane is the first left. Only 5 minutes walk.

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4. Naturally Sew Textile Group CRiC Studio, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01873 813667) Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm. The Oriel CRiC Gallery is pleased to welcome this innovative and experimental group of mixed media textile artists to the CRiC Studio in Crickhowell with an exhibition entitled ‘Recollections’. Having first met when studying for a City and Guild qualification in Creative Embroidery, they enjoy the challenge of new mediums and techniques and trying to find original ways of using traditional methods. Each member of the group has individual and distinctive styles, drawing inspiration from nature, especially the Welsh landscape. Other sources of inspiration are travelling, poetry and their life experiences in general. The group meets regularly offering each other support and motivation while sharing their ideas and learning openly in a trusting environment. They have exhibited in different locations including the Swansea Festival of Stitch in 2018, Bryn Glas House, the Riverfront Centre in Newport and Craft Renaissance in Usk. They will be available to discuss their work during the Open Studios Weekend. This exhibition continues until 28 June 2019.

The CRiC Studio is directly opposite CRiC, next to Latte Da Coffee and Kitchen. The entrance is through the main door. The venue is upstairs and not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility problems. A: Janet Parker B: Dandelion by Susan Langford C: Dazzling Dahlias by Sally Dawson

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5. Art and Coffee at the Courtyard 44 Standard Street , Crickhowell, NP8 1BZ. (Tel: 07460 605296 or 07988 715374)

Sat 25 May: 9am–4.30pm, Sun 26 May: 9am–4.30pm, Mon 27 May: 9am–4.30pm. In the 2 venues at The Courtyard (Lush by Zoe Claire and The Pantry Coffee House) there will be art by many local artists, showing a wide variety of different medias and interests. This is a great place to view art as well as look at local crafts, and homemade gifts. Then treat yourself to a coffee and cake, and get a chance to meet the artists. We are a short walk off the main road up Standard Street just past Webbs bed shop. A: Cow by Harriet Davies B: View from the Skirrid by Robert J Lloyd C: Jimi Hendrix by Lucy Garnet-Jones

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6. Robert J Lloyd Courtroom Café, Market Hall, High Street, Crickhowell , NP8 1BD. (Tel: 01873 269587 or 07864 904000) Sat 25 May: 10am–4.30pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–3.30pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–4.30pm. Thinking he was the next great English painter, Robert did a BA degree in Fine Art, in Coventry, but moved into using film, video, and performance. This was way back, finishing in 1990. He’s found it very exciting and therapeutic over the last year or so to go back to pushing paint across a surface. He has found himself doing fairly detailed local landscapes – slightly to his surprise, having not really ever painted in this way before! Upstairs in the Market Hall in the centre of Crickhowell.

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7. Sam Bennett The Market Hall, High Street, Crickhowell , NP81BD. (Tel: 07445 681475) Sat 25 May: 9.30am–5.30pm, Sun 26 May: 9.30am–4pm, Mon 27 May: 9.30am–5.30pm. Sam Bennett has lived and worked in Crickhowell for over twenty five years as an artist/conservator. She describes her sculptures as ‘biomorphic’. They are made from alabaster and natural stone, hand carved directly using traditional tools only, making each piece one of a kind. Downstairs at the Market Hall, in the centre of Crickhowell.

8. Jeremy Thomas Book-ish, 18 High St, Crickhowell, NP8 1BD. (Tel: 07581 184125) Sat 25 May: 9am–5.30pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–4pm. Jeremy has a studio/gallery in Abergavenny town centre. He produces intricate, quirky and atmospheric images with a strong sense of narrative. Jeremy enjoys working in oils, but has recently produced a series of highly detailed ink drawings. In 2019, he began work on a series of images in collaboration with St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny. The images tell the story of the New Testament and will visit various venues around the country on completion.

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9. Ginny Topp Old Cross Keys House, 35 High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BE. (Tel: 08755 245371 or 01873 810690)

Sat 25 May: 11.30am–5.30pm, Sun 26 May: 11.30am–5.30pm, Mon 27 May: 11.30am–5.30pm. Now living in Crickhowell, Ginny is busy making a new body of work. Due to limited facilities she’s working mainly in silver. Previous work will also be on sale at bargain prices. End of the High Street, just before the police station and top of Bridge Street.

10. Rebecca Burn 39 Bridge Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1AR. (Tel: 07843 053702 or 01633 309045)

Sat 25 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–4pm. Rebecca paints what she enjoys and will be exhibiting work that involves a range of styles and subjects. This year the main focus is animal paintings (including pet portraits) and seascapes. Going down Bridge Street out of town, it is on the right, on the corner of Lamb Lane (the big yellow house).

11. Tim Rossiter 6 Bridge Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1AR. (Tel: 01873 810301)

Sat 25 May: 11am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 11am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 11am–5pm. Tim Rossiter paints from imagination, myth, poetry and the landscape, often using structures found in music to resolve compositional elements in his work. Bridge Street runs from the bottom of the High Street to Crickhowell bridge. Number 6 has a green door and a dragon knocker.

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12. Art at the Parish Hall Church Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1BB Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm.

Peter Cronin (A) Peter is a self taught artist living in South Wales, who turned professional in 2003 after a twenty year career in structural engineering. He has always had an awe and fascination with the natural environment and working on-site in front of the subject has played a large part in the evolution of his style. The inspiration for his work varies from season to season but the weather and mood of the day are always the main aim of a painting. He paints in pure watercolour giving the luminosity of the medium full prominence and he also paints in oils. He is a full member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales, and the Pure Watercolour Society. He was awarded the RK Burt and Co award for the best work on paper at the 2018 RSMA show at the Mall Galleries London. (Tel: 01446 796652 or 07814 152404)

Louise Collis (B) Louise has a passion for painting landscapes outdoors whatever the weather. She travels with her painting kit and paints the wonderful views and changing light. Her outdoor work then inspires her studio work. Her paintings are always very expressive, full of colour and movement. She also produces a range of giclee prints and cards from her original paintings. (Tel: 07949 187426)

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13. Art at St Edmund’s St Edmund’s Church, Church Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1BB. Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–4pm. St Edmund’s is the Church in Wales Parish Church in Crickhowell. Built around 1300 by Lady Sybil Pauncefote it is, in itself, well worth a visit. In addition to the exhibited work there are many items of interest such as the windows by Charles Eamer Kempe and the icon by Rev Brian Bessant.

Llyn Safaddon Art Group (A) Inspired by their love of cultural heritage, travel and nature Llyn Safaddon Art Group is a group of enthusiastic amateurs whose work captures and reflects the wide variety of subject matter. They use a diversity of techniques and mediums to produce vibrant textured images. Their work is regularly exhibited and sold within and outside the local area. (Tel: 01874 676387) Chris Heneghan (B) Chris makes pots, from stoneware and porcelain. Cups, bowls, vases, plates; teapots large, small, tiny; anything that takes his fancy – puzzle jugs this year! He took up pottery when he retired, and it continues to entertain him. Chris likes bright colours, and puts them on his work. He wants pieces to look good, and sell them for a price he wouldn’t mind paying. (Tel: 07917 078561 or 01873 850569 Web: chrisheneghan.co.uk Email: chrisheneghan48@aol.com) Frances Green (C) Frances is influenced by colour and the natural world around her. Botanical art, inspired by her dog-walks and garden is important to her. Last year she gained a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists and she’s constantly striving to improve her painting. She paints in watercolour and egg tempera. She uses the latter for icons painted on driftwood salvaged from beaches in West Wales. (Tel: 07756 874471 or 01600 750650) Listing for Art at St Edmund’s continues overleaf. St Edmund’s has proved a very popular venue within easy walking distance from the various car parking options (see page 5). The wonderful array of cakes on sale will once again raise funds for Christian Aid every day during the opening hours of the exhibition.

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13. Art at St Edmund’s continued Kwong Kuen-Shan (D) Kwong Kuen-Shan is a Chinese artist and writer. She was born and educated in Hong Kong and had spent most of her formative years in London. She now lives and works in Wales where she paints, writes and teaches Chinese art. Her work often reflects her Chinese roots and upbringing. She records her observations of the natural beauty of Wales and paints scenes that work with her Chinese thinking and painting techniques. She writes and illustrates her own books combining ancient Chinese teaching with her paintings. Her current work is mainly published and exhibited in France. (Tel: 07917 078561 or 01873 850569 Web: kwongkuenshan.net Email: kwongkuenshan@aol.com)

The Splatter Group (E) The Splatter Group, from in and around Brecon, meet on a weekly basis. They are a diverse group of innovative artists painting in a variety of media. (Tel: 01874 665409)

Mark Zytynski (F) Mark is a photographer with a passion for trees and woodlands! Trees provide us with food, shelter, shade and fuel but also possess a natural beauty of form. This is not only true for a single tree but also for woodlands and tree-filled landscapes as well as for the individual elements that make up a tree – its fruit, seeds, buds, flowers, leaves and bark. Working from high resolution digital photographic images he produces limited-edition mixed-media artworks and fine art prints. His aim is to create artworks and prints that will evoke the same feeling in the observer that he experiences in the ‘wild’. (Tel: 07917 677467)

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14. Martin Truefitt-Baker Rose Cottage, The Dardy, Crickhowell, NP8 1PS. (Tel: 01873 810710) Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm. Martin’s studio is just outside Crickhowell, looking towards the River Usk. He produces paintings and intricately designed linocut prints, inspired by the local landscape, wildlife, weather and the changing seasons. From Crickhowell, head over the Usk bridge and into Llangattock. Turn right to pass St Catwg’s Church, then turn right at the signpost for the Dardy. Rose Cottage is the second house along the bottom road. Please park opposite the phonebox. (There are roughly 20 steps up to the studio from the road.)

15. Art at St Peter’s St Peter’s Church, Llanbedr, NP8 1SR. Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm. A mixed show of ceramics and furniture as well as photography and painting. St Peter’s is a beautiful 11th century church which has a stunning set of contemporary textile panels telling the story of the village. Worth a visit for the setting and the tea as well as the art!

Ann Corbett (A) Ann Corbett is a ceramic artist living and working in London and the Black Mountains. Her work is a response to changing and evolving landscapes, often due to the rise and fall of industries and industrial processes. Ann’s ceramic pieces are formed using a variety of techniques and are usually fired twice in electric and gas kilns. Work is often fired in saggars (containers) with other media such as paper, metal, fibre-glass and organic material. Results are unpredictable and sometimes fragile. (Tel: 07979 858409)

Gilbert Crawford (B) As an established furniture designer-maker, Gilbert’s designs are contemporary with a traditional core – simple, graceful and practical pieces to suit any environment. Each item is inspired by the colour, grain and figure of each particular timber from native and temperate sources He also designs and makes the intricate relief puzzle from a single block of wood, single and multi layer (not for the faint hearted!). Gilbert also makes folk music instruments such as zithers and psalteries and various other wooden items. He’s a member of Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen. (Tel: 01531 650386 or 07775 063712) 37


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15. Art at St Peter’s continued Sean Crawford (C) Sean is a landscape photographer living within the Brecon Beacons National Park. He is inspired by the beauty of its countryside and hills, across which he walks regularly in order to feel the magic of the land. He captures his images whilst losing himself to the freedom of exploring, camera in hand. (Tel: 07828 730619 or 01874 610579)

Arthur Elletson (D) Arthur grew up in the Black Mountains and now lives in London. His painting and work as a chef inform each other as he experiments with colour, texture, flavour, balance and form. (Tel: 01873 811330) From Crickhowell turn up Greenhill Way by the firestation, then right at the roundabout. 2 miles up over the hill, then left to Llanbedr, and St Peter’s is right in the middle of the village.

16. Robert Rattray Cwmgu–Fawr Farmhouse, Crickhowell, NP8 1RG. (Tel: 01873 812693) Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm. Robert Rattray was born in Ireland in 1972 and grew up in the Welsh countryside. Robert studied sculpture at the City and Guilds of London Art School, and has been working professionally since 1994. His work is increasingly recognised by collectors, with commissions in the US, Europe, Australia and the UK. Portraits and animal pieces, both sculpture and drawings, provide the backbone of his work reflecting his passionate interest in wildlife and his rural roots. His recent Windsor Greys Statue commission gained him a short listing from the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association’s (PMSA) annual Marsh Awards. He works from his studio in Wales and has exhibited, to date, mainly in the UK. After leaving Crickhowell, heading towards Brecon, turn right after The Manor Hotel, follow road for approximately 1 mile until you see a barn with blue doors.

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17. Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Tretower Village Hall, Tretower, NP8 1RF. (Tel: 01981 240416 or 07970 911115) Sat 25 May: 10.30am–4.30pm, Sun 26 May: 10.30am–4.30pm, Mon 27 May: 10.30am–4.30pm. Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be displaying their members’ work, including hand-dyed, spun and woven goods. Many items will be for sale. Demonstrations of spinning and weaving will continue throughout the weekend. The group meets every Thursday at Peak (formerly known as Arts Alive Wales) in Crickhowell (NP8 1DG) from 10am to 3pm. Members of the Guild form a mixedability, enthusiastic group who encourage and preserve the tradition of weaving, spinning and other textile-related crafts. There is an ethos of generosity between members to share their skills and experience. This includes in-house courses, passing on know-how, specialist speakers and visits. Over the development of the Guild, since its inception in 1982, they have gathered a resource of equipment and reference books which are available for members to borrow. This valuable collection enables members to try out different aspects of textile crafts. The group always welcome new members and visitors. In the spirit of inspiration, the group also organises entry-level courses in spinning and weaving, bringing in external tutors, to encourage more people to take up these skills. Earlier this year the Guild ran a basic 6-day weaving course and is currently arranging a spinning course in the autumn. For further information about the guild visit www.crickhowellguildwsd.wordpress.com The Textile Café will serve tea, coffee, homemade cakes and light lunches throughout the event.

Tretower Village Hall is 4 miles northwest of Crickhowell on the A479, located close to the church and Tretower Court. Parking available outside the court. A: Rug by Robby Tucker B: Bag by Linda Green C: Oak House by Mary Gladstone D: Tapestry weaving by Andrea Westlake

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18. The Granary Studio The Granary Studio, Tyllys Farm, Tretower, NP18 1RF. (Tel: 01874 730163) Sat 25 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–5pm. A variety of work will be on display at the studio of Jenny Care who will be exhibiting paintings and lino prints, alongside jewellery by Jill Derbyshire and photography and stone carvings by Roger Derbyshire.

Jenny Care (A) Jenny is well known for her atmospheric landscape paintings. Her love of walking or ‘roaming’ the hills and mountains enables her to capture the transient light of the seasons. Often combining watercolour with oil, and more recently with ink lino prints, she creates small scale but dramatic landscapes, many of the Brecon Beacons. She also produces beautiful dog portraits – commissions welcome.

Jill Derbyshire (B) Jill, an accomplished weaver, has expanded her skills into silversmithing and weaving with metal to develop a unique range of silver and copper jewellery incorporating hand-woven features. This new work will be on display together with textile pieces produced using the ancient technique of ply-split braiding.

Roger Derbyshire (C) Roger has developed his photography to include printing on aluminium and the production of themed photo books. Alongside this he has pursued a long held ambition to take up stone carving. He will be exhibiting examples of his work including a range of stone carved lamps and garden sculptures. Jill and Roger Derbyshire moved from Brecon to Pembrokeshire in 2013. Whilst maintaining their links with the area they now work from studios at their new home near St David’s. Studio visits by arrangement. (Tel: 01348 837984)

Tretower is 4 miles north-west of Crickhowell on the A479. Parking is available by the church or Tretower Court. The studio has 11 steps with no wheelchair access. Toilets are available at the nearby village hall where the Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be providing refreshments. 43


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19. Cwmdu Studios Cwmdu Studios, Cwmdu, NP8 1RU. (Tel: 01874 730693 or 07813 758992) Sat 25 May: 10am–4.30pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–4.30pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–4.30pm.

Welsh Academy of Art (A) The Welsh Academy of Art near Crickhowell provides a unique opportunity in Wales to study the classical methods of drawing and painting as practised by the Old Masters. Drawings and paintings will be on show by both students and tutors. This year founder, Lucy Corbett, and fellow tutor, Lee Wright, will be demonstrating the sight size method over a succession of portrait drawings of the public. Sittings will be roughly one hour each and participants will be able to take their drawings home in exchange for a donation (suggested minimum £40). All profits will go to charity. To book a slot, go to: www.lee-wright.com/book-online/charityportrait-drawing/book or call 01874 730693

Lee Wright (B) Lee Wright will once again be displaying a selection of lino prints that capture the beauty and tranquility of the Brecon Beacons. He will also have on show new still life, landscape and figurative paintings and will be on hand to discuss portrait commissions. Sarah Powell (C) Sarah, an ex-nurse, has been keenly interested in the creative arts, including felting and jewellery for a number of years. She has been studying at the Welsh Academy of Art in Cwmdu for the past four years in the traditional atelier style of tuition, specialising in oils and charcoal. Following the recent loss of her husband, Sarah has taken on a studio in the WAA and with the support of Lee and Lucy is expanding her repertoire and knowledge to take her art further and more publicly. (Tel: 07890 425850)

Cwmdu Studios is in the old Victorian school on the main road through Cwmdu. From Crickhowell, head towards Brecon on the A40. After a couple of miles, turn right on the A479 at The Nantyffin Cider Mill Inn. Drive through Tretower then on to Cwmdu. You will pass Cwmdu Studios on your right, with parking a little beyond the building. 45


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20. Hannah Firmin and Kathryn Green Ty Canol, Beaufort Road, Llangynidr, NP8 1LL. (Tel: 01874 731295 or 07779 433262) Sat 25 May: 11am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 11am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 11am–5pm. Printmaker Hannah Firmin (A) works with wood and lino, creating prints and images for books and advertising, printed on her 1860’s Columbian press. Kathryn Green (B), a textile designer using the Japanese shibori dye and print process, makes luxury scarves and art textiles influenced by her travels and the natural world. (Exhibition in house accessible for wheelchairs but studio not so.) Approaching Llangynidr turn left onto Beaufort Road. Continue three quarters of a mile. At signs turn left (opposite Mill Road). At top of steep hill Ty Canol is on right.

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21. Danywern Studios Danywern Studios, Cyffredyn Lane, Llangynidr, NP8 1PX. Sat 25 May: 11am–6pm, Sun 26 May: 11am–6pm, Mon 27 May: 11am–6pm.

Philippine Sowerby (A) Philippine makes sculptures in wood. Her work explores the limits of her material and technique, producing abstract pieces. Philippine exhibits her work at Tower Gallery, Crickhowell as well as other galleries throughout the UK. She is a member of The Welsh Group, Sculpture Cymru and The Makers Guild in Wales. (Tel: 07711 214046 Email: contact@philippinesoweby.com Web: www.philippinesowerby.com)

Rachel Cadman (B) As well as making hand-printed lamps and wall pieces, Rachel also provides printmaking courses from her studio at Danywern. They are relaxing and informative days where you can enjoy learning a new skill. You will be able to try some yourself over the Open Studios Weekend too! (Tel: 07506 201556 Web: www.rachelcadmanart.co.uk)

Jane Bennett (C) Jane works in oil producing mostly landscapes and seascapes as well as images from found photographs. She exhibits at The Art Shop, Abergavenny. (Tel: 07886195813 Email: bennettjane6@googlemail.com)

The studio is on the back road B4558 between Crickhowell and Llangynidr. Over the bridge from Crickhowell, turn right towards Llangynidr, after approximately two miles, cross the canal bridge and continue for about one more mile. There are two white cottages on the right of the road. Turn left up the track opposite the second cottage. 49


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22. Brynteg Art Studio Brynteg Art Studio, Station Road, Gilwern, NP7 0BY. (07745 035215) Sat 25 May: 10.30am–4pm, Sun 26 May: 10.30am–4pm, Mon 27 May: 10.30am–4pm. Sally Mills is a mixed-media artist with a love for colours and textures and exploring new techniques, describing her style somewhere between impressionism and abstract. She is launching a new series named Hills and Valleys, where she creates transparent layers using acrylic mediums and inks on wooden panels, which you can hang anywhere; kitchen as a splashback, bathroom for a splash of colour, mantelpiece above fire or simply just hang on a wall. Some past works will also be on display from water-inspired to tangled wild flowers, as well as Sally’s arty scarves, tote bags and cushions printed from her original artworks. Drive to top of Gilwern village (Main Road), past Towpath Inn, left onto Station Road over new horseshoe bridge crossing over A465. Up hill, first right turn. Park along Station Road.

23. David Haswell Invergowrie, 7 Windsor Road, Abergavenny, NP7 7BB. (Tel: 01873 850440) Sat 25 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 9.30am–5pm. Highly textured, original paintings and limited edition prints of the Welsh landscape. A selection of new prints and originals will be available. On the western side of Abergavenny, 200 metres from Nevill Hall Hospital, turn off the A40 into Belgrave Road. At the top of this road turn left at the t-junction, and then first right into Windsor Road. Number 7 is the penultimate house on the right.

24. Textiles at The Weir The Weir, Llanddewi Rhydderch, NP7 9TW. (Tel: 01873 840299 or 07849 685784) Sat 25 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–4pm. Jan Thomas is a textile artist whose work is inspired by nature and the countryside around her studio, where she runs a variety of courses which cater for all abilities. She also sells woollen products using fleece from her flock of Coloured Ryeland sheep.

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25. Chapel Cottage Studio Chapel Cottage Studio, Llanddewi Rhydderch, Abergavenny, NP7 9TT. (Tel: 01873 840282 or 07935 934898) Sat 25 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 26 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 27 May: 10am–4pm. Chapel Cottage Studio is a small, art teaching studio nestled into the Welsh countryside with stunning views of the Black Mountains range. Run by mother-daughter team Jantien Powell and Tirza Snook, the studio hosts a vibrant year-round programme, offering a range of friendly, informal art classes to suit all abilities. Subjects include watercolours, pastels, acrylics, oils, pencil drawing and mixed media. Jantien Powell, the resident artist and tutor, leads many of the classes, alongside a selection of the very best artists and tutors from the area, as well as several from further afield. Jantien’s work centres around the faces and places of South Wales and she is well known locally for her vibrant rural paintings. There will be an exhibition of her work on display over the weekend as well as a varied exhibition of works by the talented students and fabulous guest artists who visit the studio. Visitors are welcome to relax and chat in the cosy conservatory with a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of home made cake, or enjoy the acre of garden and patio area taking in the amazing views. There is plenty of space for children to play outdoors, so visitors are very welcome to bring the family.

From the A40/Hereford Road in Abergavenny take the B4233 to Rockfield/Penyfal. Continue for approx 2.5 miles before turning right to Llanddewi Rhydderch/Coed Morgan. At Llanddewi Rhydderch village green turn right past the church. After 1/4 mile cross the junction and Chapel Cottage Studio is on the left. Visit our website for more detailed instructions: www.chapelcottagestudio.co.uk/ contact-us/ Disabled access available by prior arrangement. A: Jantien Powell at work B: Chapel Cottage Studio C: Dresser 2018 by Jantien Powell

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26. Court Cupboard Craft Gallery New Court Farm, Llantilio Pertholey, NP7 8AU. (Tel: 01873 852011) Sat 25 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10.30am–5pm The Court Cupboard Craft Gallery is housed in a beautiful old barn just outside Abergavenny, which nestles in a picturesque setting by the Skirrid Mountain. The gallery showcases a wide variety of collectable art and craft created by members of the Black Mountain Circle and is open 7 days a week, all year round. As a cooperative, the gallery is run by its members, so each day visitors are welcomed by one of the artists, who can often be seen working on their particular speciality. The gallery currently has about 26 members, including painters, hand weavers, spinners, knitters, basket makers, wood workers, jewellers, textile artists, blacksmiths, printers, ceramic artists and more. During the weekend some members will be working and demonstrating their skills in the gallery, workshop and outside area. The gallery hosts nine-weekly guest exhibitions throughout the year and a growing number of affordable workshops. Visitors can relax by the wood-burning stove in the comfortable coffee area and, when the weather permits, on the patio enjoying views of the Skirrid and Sugarloaf Mountains.

Take the A465 north towards Hereford. After about two miles take the first right (towards Skenfrith B5421) and follow the brown ‘craft centre’ signs. A: Pam Rees B: Jane Boswell C: Penny Turnbull D: Sioni Rhys Handweavers E: Wye Valley Woodturning F: Jeanette Hanbury Enamel

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27. Craft Renaissance Gallery and Open Studios Craft Renaissance Gallery, Kemeys Commander, Usk, NP151JU. (Tel: 01873 880879) Sat 25 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10.30am–5pm. Our gallery and shop has an exciting and comprehensive range of locally produced art and crafts including; bespoke furniture, glasswork, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, fine art and woodwork. A selection of our 11-onsite studios will also be open for you to explore, including; botanical art, jewellery, textiles and wire and willow sculpture. Relax in our tearoom with a locally roasted coffee and delicious hand baked cake! (Web: www.craftrenaissance.co.uk) Find us on the B4598 between Abergavenny and Usk.

28. Lynne Littler SculptURE Craft Renaissance Gallery, Kemeys Commander, Usk, NP151JU. (Tel: 01873 880879) Sat 25 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10.30am–5pm. Lynne is a full time sculptor working with wire and willow at her open studio and gallery. Her work is influenced by nature, animals and birds. Sculptures are suitable for home and garden. Lynne will be demonstrating throughout the weekend and holds workshops throughout the year. (Tel: 07756 659802 Web: www.lynnelittler.co.uk) Find us on the B4598 between Abergavenny and Usk.

29. Clare’s Botanicals Craft Renaissance Gallery, Kemeys Commander, Usk, NP151JU. (Tel: 01873 880879) Sat 25 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 26 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 27 May: 10.30am–5pm. Clare Williams is a botanical artist based at Craft Renaissance Gallery, working mainly in watercolour. She is a member of the Society of Botanical Art and Society of Graphic Fine Art. Growing up on Anglesey she has always loved nature, flora and fauna. Her work is bright and colourful, she loves to bring her own home grown flowers and vegetables in to her studio. She teaches weekly at her studio and will be painting during the open studios. (Tel: 07971 849955 Web: www.claresbotanicals.co.uk) Find us on the B4598 between Abergavenny and Usk. 57


Index Name Bennett, Jane

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Venue Page 21

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Bennett, Sam

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Brynteg Art Studio

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Burn, Rebecca

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Cadman, Rachel

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Care, Jenny

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Chapel Cottage Studio

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Clare’s Botanicals

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Collis, Louise

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Corbett, Ann

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Corbett, Lucy

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Court Cupboard Craft Gallery

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Craft Renaissance Gallery

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Crawford, Gilbert

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Crawford, Sean

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Crickhowell Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

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Cronin, Peter

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Cwmdu Studios

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Danywern Studios

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Derbyshire, Roger

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Derbyshire, Jill

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Elletson, Arthur

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Firmin, Hannah

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Green, Frances

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Green, Kathryn

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Haswell, David

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Heneghan, Chris

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Kwong, Kuen-Shan

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Littler, Lynne

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Lloyd, Robert J

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Llyn Safaddon Art

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Mills, Sally

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Naturally Sew Textile Group

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Oriel CRiC Gallery

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Powell, Jantien

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Powell, Sarah

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Rattray, Robert

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Rodwell, Cag

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Rossiter, Tim

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Sowerby, Philippine

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Textiles at The Weir

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The Courtyard

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The Granary Studio, Tretower

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The Splatter Group

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Thomas, Jan

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Thomas, Jeremy

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Topp, Ginny

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Torfaen Art Factory

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Truefitt Baker, Martin

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Welsh Academy of Art

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Williams, Clare

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Wright, Lee

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Key to symbols Please consider the symbols at each venue before planning your visit: Suitable for disabled access. (Toilet facilities may be limited if at an artist’s home)

Toilets available

Parking nearby

Tourist information available

Parking in town car park

Some refreshments may be for sale

Ongoing demonstrations

The Open Studios Weekend is the result of strong teamwork between CRiC staff members, volunteers and artists. We appreciate the wonderful support from local businesses through advertising, display and exhibition space which helps to create the welcoming atmosphere in the town.

Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. Tel: 01873 811970 Email: gallery@visitcrickhowell.co.uk

Front cover image by Maggy Roberts (venue 1) Back cover image by Hannah Firmin (venue 20) Guide designed by www.ahgraphicdesign.co.uk

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Crickhowell Open Studios 2019 Guide  

A 60 page guide to this year's Open Studios trail in Crickhowell and surrounding area.

Crickhowell Open Studios 2019 Guide  

A 60 page guide to this year's Open Studios trail in Crickhowell and surrounding area.

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