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FREE GUIDE

Crickhowell Open Studios Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 27–29 May 2017

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CRiC: Community and Open Studio Hub Make CRiC your first stop during the Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend (27–29 May 2017) for directions, information on where to eat, where to stay and what else to do in the area. The gallery upstairs is a good starting point before exploring the trail of open studios and exhibitions. Also in CRiC: • Locally-made gifts and products • Maps, guides and books • Wi-fi access • Great coffee and cakes 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 The Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend this year again links 26 different exhibition venues, where visitors can meet and chat to artists, view their work, learn about their practice and hopefully find something to take home to give lasting pleasure. Whether visiting private studios or shared exhibition spaces, it gives a glimpse of the creative process while exploring and enjoying the area which inspires much of the art. The three days showcase a range of disciplines, including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery. The landscape of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, its people and legends inspire art which truly captures a sense of place. In Wales’s ‘Year of Legends’, the weekend will highlight this rich heritage. With so many places to linger for a drink, a meal or a chat, the weekend provides the opportunity for the perfect leisurely day out. Organised by the CRiC team it has become a joyous annual celebration of art – now in its ninth year! Suzette Pratten, Open Studios Co-ordinator Oriel CRiC Gallery, Crickhowell Email: gallery@visitcrickhowell.co.uk Tel: 01873 813669

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Open Art Competition at the Oriel CRiC Gallery

The Crickhowell Open Art Exhibition has become one of the highlights of the Open Studios Weekend. Drawing hundreds of entries from far and wide, it includes diverse art in a variety of media by established, emerging and amateur artists, resulting in an exciting and varied exhibition much enjoyed by the many visitors during the weekend. The exhibition will continue until 3 July 2017. 2016 Prizes were awarded as follows • First Prize: Mike Service • Runner Up Prize: Judith Hart • Young Artist Award: Callie Ann Healey • Visitors’ Choice Prize: Jantien Powell • Judges’ Choice Prize: Judith Stroud We are very grateful for private donations towards the prize money. An additional category ‘Legends of Wales’ has been introduced for 2017 in celebration of the national Year of Legends. The much appreciated support enables the gallery to continue this event which has become eagerly anticipated by both artists and visitors annually.

A: Gillian Figg, Burning Chapel (Open Art entrant 2017) B: Guests enjoying the launch of the Open Art exhibition 2016 C: Lucia Davies, Corn Rows (Open Art entrant 2017)

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Hop on the Art Bus The popular Open Studios bus tour on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday (29 May) gives a birds’ eye view of the area while visiting a number of the slightly more remote venues on the Crickhowell Open Studios trail. It offers the opportunity of a relaxed day out. This year the bus will run from 10.30am till 4.30pm and will stop off for refreshments and lunch en route. Starting off with a new venue on the trail, the first stop will be Court Robert Arts, at Tregare, just outside Raglan. It is home to sculptures by many innovative garden sculptors and the studios of painter Alex Brown and sculptor Christine Baxter. ‘Fauxidermy’ textile artist, Helly Powell, who is showing her ‘Beasts of the Mabinogion’ collection at the CRiC Studio will welcome visitors to her workspace before the bus stops off at Chapel Cottage Studio for all to enjoy a cup of tea and Jantien Powell’s popular exhibition space. After returning to Tretower for lunch with the Crickhowell Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, the bus will continue to Cwmdu Studios to allow visitors to view the paintings and printmaking of Lee Wright and his guest exhibitors, Roy Dutton and Garry Jones who delighted so many visitors last year with their collaborative collection ‘Rogue Runners and the Farmyard Rebels’. Visiting illustrator and printmaker, Hannah Firmin, for an insight into the techniques, printing presses, tools and blocks used to create her prints and illustration work, will round off a day of viewing an inspirational art tour. Spaces are limited to 16 so please book by emailing gallery@visitcrickhowell.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. The route may be altered slightly should time permit. A: Sketches by Jane Bennett B: Refuelling with stops for tea, cake and lunch is an integral part of being out and about for the day. C: Creative textiles by Jan Thomas at the Weir.

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Meet the Artists

in the Oriel CRiC Gallery Seeing artists at work not only inspires, but gives an insight into the talent, craftsmanship and skill which has been honed to produce the art. We are very grateful to the artists who have agreed to share their experience during the weekend. The demonstrations below will take place in the CRiC conference room.

Saturday 27 May

Gareth Irwin (A) returns this year by popular demand to demonstrate his impressive skills at making green woodwork items. He uses wood felled from the Estate in his workshop at Penpont, continuing the long history in Wales of craftsmen using the exact techniques and materials developed over thousands of years before the advent of electricity. He creates a variety of items such as hand-turned bowls, stick chairs and carved wooden spoons.

Sunday 28 May

Textile and mixed media artist Helen Crawford (B), who is exhibiting her work at St Peter’s Church in Llanbedr (venue 14) is well known for the rich palette with which she captures the light and seasonal changes in the landscape. She will be demonstrating some aspects of the intriguing processes, working with hand-dyed silk paper to create her beautiful, atmospheric mixed-media pieces.

Monday 29 May

Tracey-Anne Sitch (C) 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 subjects 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.

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Nominate your ‘Local Living Legend’ The Visit Wales ‘Year of Legends’ has given rise to much exploration of the myths and legends that have shaped the landscape of Wales. The Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend has embraced this theme in the Open Art Exhibition and the Helly Powell ‘Beasts of the Mabinogion’ exhibition. The Tower Gallery co-operative of artists is also showing work on the theme of myths and legends of Wales. Members Graeme Galvin and Lesley Lilywhite have both been inspired by the Welsh tales of the Mabinogion which have a special connection with this area. The Red Book of Hergest in which many of the tales were recorded was kept by the Vaughan family at Tretower and in the 19th century the stories were first translated and published in English by Charlotte Guest not far away in Dowlais. Robert Macdonald has also taken inspiration from the stories that Giraldus collected in his travels through Wales in the 12th century, tales of the Lady of the Lake at Llyn y Fan Fach and of the birds of Llangorse. Legends are however not limited to the realms of the distant past and CRiC has decided to extend the celebrations in the year of legends to include local living legends. Nominations are sought of individuals who, with imagination, energy and motivation, have made a difference to the local area and community. It is an opportunity to bring people together and celebrate the importance of inspirational people. To nominate your ‘local legend’ simply complete a brief form available at CRiC or online at www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk and we will be in touch to take a photograph which we will exhibit at the CRiC Studio later in the year. What better excuse to celebrate rural vibrancy at its best?

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Oriel CRiC Gallery

Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01873 813667) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm.

The Oriel CRiC Gallery has become central to the thriving artistic community of the area. The beautiful exhibition space showcases creative excellence at its best and hosts a programme of six changing and several off-site exhibitions annually, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewellery in a rich variety of styles. The gallery team is the driving force behind the Open Art Competition and successful annual Crickhowell Open Studios Weekend, championing and celebrating artists and their work in Crickhowell, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. The programme for 2017 is below: 27–29 May

Open Studios Weekend

26 May–3 July

Open Art Competition Exhibition

26 May–24 June ‘Beasts of the Mabinogion’ Helly Powell exhibition in CRiC Studio 5 July–13 Sept

Printmakers exhibition

13 Sept–13 Nov Autumn exhibition 15 Nov–Mid Jan Christmas at CRiC The staff and volunteer team who run the gallery offer a warm welcome and continue to work with artists to build on the reputation for exhibitions of quality which has been gained over the past ten years.

The gallery is upstairs in the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre (CRiC), which is next to the public car park.

A: Gallery January 2017 B: Down to Morkbrook by Paul Burgess C: Ceramics by Christine Gittins, Lamp by Cadman Furniture

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Torfaen Art Factory

Clarence Hall, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01633 483370) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm. This is Torfaen Art Factory’s fourth year at the Open Studios Weekend and the highlight of their painting calendar. They are a group of enthusiastic artists who meet regularly to promote their work, enjoying workshops and exhibitions. They have four permanent exhibition spaces in Cwmbran, changed monthly. Please call in and meet the members and view their interesting paintings and photographs. All work is for sale. Situated next to the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre (CRiC) on Beaufort Street.

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1 Llangenny Lane, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1AN. (Tel: 07932 653665) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 29 May: Closed. Cag Rodwell has been designing and creating colourful, quirky and contemporary fused glass art for the past 12 years. Each individual piece of artwork 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, cross Greenhill Way, pass the Health Centre. Llangenny Lane is the first left. 5 minutes maximum walk.

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.

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CRiC Studio

Beaufort Chambers, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01873 813667) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm.

Beasts of the Mabinogion Exhibition

The early Welsh collection of tales from which the Mabinogion takes its name, intertwines legend, folklore, tradition and history. Passed down by word of mouth by the early Welsh bards, it has given rise to a timeless literary heritage and continues to inspire artists. It is this heritage which lies behind textile artist Helly Powell’s (A) inspiration to create the ‘Beasts of the Mabinogion’ exhibition. The exhibition has been the result of partnership working between the Oriel CRiC Gallery and ‘Fauxidermy’ artist Helly Powell who is a regular exhibitor at the Oriel CRiC Gallery. Helly has also invited jeweller Kathryn Willis (B), artist Robert Macdonald (C) and printer Sarah Lane (D) from Penrhos Printing Press to a collaboration, by creating work which complements and enriches the exhibition. The exhibition will be shown at various venues. Further details can be found at www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk and www.fauxidermy.co.uk It is hoped that visitors to the exhibition at the various venues will immerse themselves in the unique narrative tradition interpreted by Helly Powell’s sculptures. The project has been funded by the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund which aims to encourage partnership working and innovative ideas which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors.

MEET THE ARTISTS Saturday 27 May

Artist Helly Powell will be visiting the Studio to chat about the development of this new collection of Fauxidermy sculptures.

Sunday 28 May

Meet artisan letterpress printer and printmaker Sarah Lane at the CRiC Studio where she will be sharing the art of letterpress printing on her tabletop press.

Monday 29 May

An opportunity to meet jeweller Kathryn Willis at the CRiC Studio where she will be showing some of the processes underpinning her beautiful enamelled jewellery.

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Arddangosfa Bwystfilod y Mabinogi

Mae straeon hynafol Cymraeg y Mabinogi yn cyfuno chwedlau, llên gwerin, traddodiadau a hanes. Wedi eu trosglwyddo ar lafar gan feirdd cynnar Cymru, maen nhw wedi creu treftadaeth lenyddol gyfoethog ac maen nhw’n dal i ysbrydoli artistiaid. Y dreftadaeth hon a ysbrydolodd yr artist tecstilau Helly Powell (A) i greu arddangosfa ‘Bwystfilod y Mabinogi’. Mae’r arddangosfa yn ffrwyth llafur partneriaeth waith rhwng oriel CRiC a’r artist ‘Fauxidermy’ Helly Powell, sy’n cyfrannu’n rheolaidd at weithgareddau oriel CRiC. Mae Helly hefyd wedi gwahodd y gemydd Kathryn Willis (B), yr artist Robert Macdonald (C) a’r argraffydd Sarah Lane (D)o Wasg Argraffu Penrhos i gydweithio â hi drwy greu gwaith sy’n cwblhau ac yn cyfoethogi’r arddangosfa. Bydd yr arddangosfa’n teithio i sawl lleoliad. Mae rhagor o fanylion ar gael yn www. visitcrickhowell.co.uk a www.fauxidermy.co.uk Y gobaith yw y bydd ymwelwyr sy’n dod i weld yr arddangosfa yn ymdrochi yn y traddodiad hanesyddol unigryw sy’n cael ei ddehongli gan gerfluniau Helly Powell. Ariannwyd y prosiect gan Gronfa Arloesi Cynnyrch Twristiaeth Llywodraeth Cymru sy’n ceisio annog partneriaethau gwaith a syniadau arloesol a fydd yn cael dylanwad eang ac yn denu mwy o ymwelwyr.

The CRiC Studio is directly opposite CRiC, next to Latte Da. The entrance is through the main door. The venue is upstairs.

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Tower Gallery

49 High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN. (Tel: 01873 812495) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm. The Tower Gallery is home to Usk Valley Artists Cooperative. In this bright space, you will find the work of eight artists working in various media to produce paintings, original prints (linocuts, etchings, collagraphs, etc) collage and mixed media, scraperboard and sculpture in wood. The individual artists have been on the art scene for many years and are well known in their various locations with work selling nationally and internationally. The gallery has a joint showing space, with two rooms given over to the current exhibition. The shows run for eight weeks. This gives room for each member artist to have a regular show with a fuller view into their work, techniques and the inspiration that gives rise to it. Visiting artists are also included during the year. Members are: Hannah Firmin (illustrator/printer); Michael Howard (painter in oils); Graeme Galvin (printmaker/ sculptor); Kay Leverton (scraperboard/mixed media); Lesley Lillywhite (printmaker); Harriet Lloyd (watercolour and ink collage); Robert Macdonald (painter/printmaker); Philippine Sowerby (sculptor and maker of sophisticated puzzles in wood). The Open Studios Weekend show will see all the gallery artists’ work represented, with a strong nod to the myths and legends theme. Most of the artists will be dropping in over the weekend. Hannah Firmin and Philippine Sowerby will also be opening their studios (venue numbers 18 and 17 respectively) and Robert Macdonald is showing work at the CRiC Studio (venue 4). Tower Gallery is upstairs at number 49, on the corner of High Street and Tower Street, above Petals Florist.

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Louise Collis

Dragon Inn, High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BE. (Tel: 07949 187426) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm. Louise has a passion for painting landscapes outdoors. She travels around with her painting kit and paints the wonderful views, whatever the weather. She is inspired by movement and ever-changing colours. Her outdoor work then inspires studio work. Her paintings are always very expressive and full of colour and movement. Please park in the town car park. The Dragon Inn is towards the bottom of the High Street, on the left hand side.

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Ginny Topp

Old Cross Keys House, 35 High Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BE. (Tel: 07855 245371) Sat 27 May: 12–6pm, Sun 28 May: 12–6pm, Mon 29 May: 12–6pm A graduate from the University of Portsmouth, BA (Hons) First in 3D Design and MA Distinction in Fine Art, Ginny works with a variety of materials and techniques: ceramics, oil painting, prints and silversmithing. She will shortly be closing her Portsmouth studio, so will be offering lots of bargains, alongside some new work. Old Cross Keys House is towards the end of High Street, on the right hand side, travelling from the town centre.

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David Roy Kerton

36 Bridge Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1AR. (Tel: 01873 811336) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–4.30pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–4.30pm, Mon 29 May: 10.30am–4.30pm David Roy Kerton has had a lifelong love of art. He spent most of his life as a welder-fabricator in heavy industry throughout Wales. In the 1970s he attended Hereford College of Art to study three-dimensional design. He lives in and paints the Welsh valleys, using acrylics. His paintings are about atmosphere rather than place alone. Bridge Street runs from Crickhowell Bridge to the High Street. Number 36 is covered in wisteria.

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Tim Rossiter

6 Bridge Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1AR. (Tel: 01873 810301) Sat 27 May: 11am–6pm, Sun 28 May: 11am–6pm, Mon 29 May: 11am–6pm. Tim Rossiter moved to the Usk Valley from his home town of Bristol 27 years ago. His work, in oil and watercolour, draws on images from poetry, myth and the Welsh landscape. Bridge Street runs from the bottom of the High Street (by the Police Station) down to Crickhowell Bridge. Number 6 has a green door and a dragon knocker.

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Art at Crickhowell Evangelical Church

Silver Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1BB. (Tel: 01873 810610) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 2–4pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm. The featured artist this year is Andrew Bowden, someone who has loved painting since his first ‘irregular commission’ as a child. He’s found great pleasure in painting alongside his day-to-day work, finding it not only light relief but a great conversation starter. He will be displaying a selection of his landscape paintings from across Wales, as well as the Brecon Beacons in particular. Do come and chat to Andrew as he works each day. The exhibition will be open for viewing only on Sunday, but will feature an extended interview with the artist from 3pm on Sunday afternoon, with a chance to ask your own questions. You are invited to attend an hour long Watercolour Demonstration on Monday 7pm, where Andrew sets out his painting techniques. All welcome, no charge. The Evangelical Church Centre is at the heart of Crickhowell on Silver Lane, behind Bookish and next to the library.

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St Edmund’s Church

Church Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1BB. (Tel: 01873 810017) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm. Daily at midday during the weekend an informal ‘tour’ of the church will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about this beautiful building.

Christopher Heneghan (A)

Christopher Heneghan makes pottery from stoneware clay and porcelain. It is mostly wheel-thrown, practical and decorative, some of it carved or altered after throwing. Christopher goes for bright colours and deep glazes. Come and see the work, chat about it, pick it up (don’t drop it!) For more info call 07917 078561, email chrisheneghan48@aol.com or visit www.chrisheneghan.co.uk

Kwong Kuen-Shan (B)

Kwong Kuen-Shan is a Chinese artist and writer. She lives near Abergavenny. Her paintings are of animals and landscapes. She writes and illustrates her own books, combining Chinese philosophy with her paintings. She has recently exhibited solo in Paris and Milan, and has just been commissioned by her French publisher to produce her fifth book of paintings of cats and ancient Chinese philosophy. For more info call 07917 078561, email kwongkuenshan@aol.com or visit www.kwongkuenshan.net

Sarah Powell (C) Sarah Powell, a former district nurse, is inspired by colour, texture, creativity and the beautiful countryside around her. Initially starting with feltmaking eight years ago, she is a member of the International Feltmakers Association. Her creativity then took on jewellery-making, specialising in copper wirework and gemstones. Sarah has attended the Welsh Academy of Art in Cwmdu for the last two years. Training in the Atelier method, she uses charcoal and oils in her still-lifes, landscapes and portraiture. From CRiC drive towards Brecon. At the T-junction at the petrol station, turn left. Parking is available on the right hand side in the secondary school car park. St Edmund’s is on the opposite side of the road. If walking from CRiC, follow the arrow directions down Silver Lane (see Crickhowell map on page 21). St Edmund’s has proved a very popular venue within easy walking distance and with a wonderful array of cakes which will once again be for sale in aid of Christian Aid every day during the opening hours of the exhibition.

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Morgan Llewellyn

Field House, Llangattock, NP8 1HL. (Tel: 01873 810116) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10.30am–5pm. Morgan Llewellyn is an established painter in oils and watercolour. He regularly paints in Venice. He paints landscapes, portraits and still life. He exhibits in both London and Cardiff. From Crickhowell cross the Usk bridge and turn left. Ignore the turning to Llangattock. After approximately 250 yards you will pass Park Place guest house on your right. Turn right into Field House immediately after Park Place.

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Martin Truefitt-Baker

Rose Cottage, The Dardy, Crickhowell, NP8 1PS. (Tel: 01873 810710) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm. Martin has taught art and design in Wales for over 30 years, but is now concentrating on developing his own work. His paintings aim to express the deeper spirit in the changing light, trees, hedgerows and life of the local landscape. Martin’s lino prints are more directly illustrative, sometimes darkly comic; inspiration often comes from mythology or unexpected combinations. For more information, please visit www.truefitt-baker.co.uk If driving, leave Crickhowell via the bridge. Head through Llangattock, turning right to drive past St Catwgs Church. Here there is a signpost for the Dardy. Rose Cottage is the second house along the bottom Dardy road. Please park opposite the phone box, as the lane is narrow. If you are walking, cross the bridge towards Llangattock. Take the footpath that is opposite the end of the bridge. This bears to the right and takes you through St Catwgs Churchyard. Turn right after the lychgate and follow the signpost to the Dardy.’

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Art at St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church, Llanbedr, Crickhowell, NP8 1SR. (Tel: 01873 811330) Sat 27 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–4pm.

Robin Beale (A) Robin Beale has been painting (in dry pastels) since retirement as a family solicitor in the early 2000s, encouraged by the brilliant guidance of Shan Egerton. He has lived in the Black Mountains for 50+ years, from which he draws much of his inspiration. He signs his work using his full initials ‘ARB’. Helen Crawford (B)

Helen Crawford produces atmospheric landscapes in silk paper and painted felt with mixed media, stitch and collage, inspired by hillside woodlands and wild coastlines. She also creates colourful watercolour, acrylic and mixed-media paintings, prints and cards.

Sean Crawford (C)

Sean Crawford is a fine-art photographer who lives in Brecon. Growing up in the countryside of the Welsh Borders, Sean has always been inspired by the countryside and landscapes which surround his home. He endeavours to explore with his camera as much as he can. His pictures celebrate the light and drama of the Brecon Beacons, often from original viewpoints and less explored places. Sean’s beautiful prints, which he makes himself in his studio home, will be for sale alongside cards which also feature local landscapes.

Stitching Time (D) Artist Lisa Hellier has led 20 or so volunteer stitchers to produce these glorious textile panels, illustrating the stories and people who have lived around St Peter’s over the centuries, as part of project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. From Crickhowell turn up Greenhill Way, and right at the roundabout. Two miles up over the hill, then left to Llanbedr. The church is in the centre of the village.

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Crickhowell Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Tretower Village Hall, Tretower, NP8 1RF. (Tel: 01981 240416) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5.30pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5.30pm, Mon 29 May: 10.30am–5.30pm. Exhibiting in the village hall, 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. Demonstration of spinning and weaving will continue throughout the weekend. The group meets every Thursday at Arts Alive in Crickhowell (NP8 1DG) from 10am to 3pm. Members of the guild form a mixed-ability, enthusiastic group who encourage and preserve the tradition of weaving, spinning and other textilerelated 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. Since the inception of the guild in 1982, they have gathered together equipment and reference books which are available for members to borrow. This valuable resource enables members to try out different aspects of textile crafts. They 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 open their doors and encourage more people to take up these skills. They recently held a basic eight-day course in weaving and will be holding a similar course in spinning in the autumn. The successful completion of the spinning course will lead to the Agored Cymru (Welsh awarding body) Level 1 certificate. There is already interest in their 2018 weaving course. 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 four miles northwest of Crickhowell on the A479, located close to the Church and Tretower Court. Parking available outside the court.

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Cwmdu Studios

Cwmdu, NP8 1RU. (Tel: 01874 730693) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm.

Lee Wright (A)

Lee Wright is a popular printmaker and oil painter based in Cwmdu, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. His studio is within a beautifully renovated Victorian school. He studied printmaking at Putney School of Art and oil painting at the Welsh Academy of Art. Lee is well known for his lino prints and oil paintings which capture the beauty and tranquillity of the Brecon Beacons. During this exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase a selection of new landscape paintings and prints. He’s also an accomplished portrait painter. Many of Lee’s portraits will be on display during this exhibition and Lee will be on hand to discuss your commission requirements.

Dutton and Jones (B) The ceramic world of Garry Jones is full of humour and fun; through his work his unique play on words brings a whole new meaning to familiar phrases, and a smile to everyone’s face when they meet his menagerie of clay creatures. These highly individual sculptures reflect not only Garry’s fantastic imagination and creative twist on humour; they are also fine examples of his skill as a designer and ceramic artist. Roy Dutton loves to work with reclaimed or found objects and breathing new life into them with alternative uses. With his humorous take on objects, creating sculptural pieces with Garry is a natural partnership. The collaborative work they will be showing during the weekend will be presented as ‘Rogue Runners and the Farmyard Rebels by Dutton and Jones’. Cwmdu Studios is in the old Victorian school in Cwmdu. From Crickhowell, head towards Brecon on the A40. After a couple of miles turn right on the A479 at the Cider Mill Inn. Cwmdu Studios is the first building you come to on the right in the village of Cwmdu, with the turning for parking a little beyond the building.

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Danywern Studios

Cyffredyn Lane, Llangynidr, NP8 1PX. (Tel: 01874 730333) Sat 27 May: 11am–6pm, Sun 28 May: 11am–6pm, Mon 29 May: 11am–6pm.

Studio 1: Jane Bennett (A) Jane’s paintings are inspired by the Welsh mountains and shoreline. She works directly from the environment as well as found photographs and old postcards to produce evocative and atmospheric images. For more info call 07886 195813 or email bennettjane@live.co.uk. Studio 3: Rachel Cadman (B)

Cadman Furniture: Using beautiful sustainable timbers, Rachel and Arthur Cadman create elegant pieces for the home. They use creative techniques, such as scorching and gilding, to enhance the work. They are members of the Makers Guild in Wales. For more info visit www.cadmanfurniture.co.uk or call 01874 730495 (landline) or 07506 201556 (mobile).

Studio 2: Philippine Sowerby (C) Whilst many people will know Philippine’s three dimensional puzzles made from locally-sourced wood, her recent work explores new techniques to carve more intuitive sculptures. She is a member of the Makers Guild in Wales and the Welsh Group. For more info email contact@philippinesowerby.com or call 07711 214046. Guest Artist: Veronica Gibson We are delighted to welcome Veronica to exhibit with us this year. Veronica teaches painting, drawing, printmaking and lifelong learning, in the Brecon and Crickhowell area and is a member of the Welsh Group. For more info visit www.veronica-gibson.co.uk 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.

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Hannah Firmin

Ty Canol, Beaufort Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell, NP8 1LL. (Tel: 01874 731295) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10.30am–5pm. Hannah Firmin works as an illustrator and printmaker, creating images for books, magazines and advertising. She exhibits and sells her lino and woodcut prints in many venues, including Tower Gallery, Crickhowell. Over the bridge in Crickhowell, turn right to Llangynidr (B4558). After a couple of miles turn left to Beaufort (B4560). Continue half a mile, turn left opposite Mill Road. At top of hill turn right, following signs.

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David Haswell

7 Windsor Road, Abergavenny, NP7 7BB. (Tel: 01873 850440) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 29 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.

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Abergavenny art group

Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5YB. (Tel: 01873 856925) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10.30am–5pm. The art group has joined forces with the community centre to bring people together and encourage them to get creative. As well as numerous paintings on display, there will be art/craft-based activities going on over the weekend. From Crickhowell, enter Abergavenny, turn right at first roundabout. At next roundabout turn left. Proceed to the zebra crossing and after 40 metres, turn left into the car park. Follow signs into the centre.

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Annie Kemp

Pentregwyddel, Coldbrook, Abergavenny, NP7 9TA. (Tel: 01873 851393) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10.30am–4pm. Annie’s work as a glass artist is celtic in style. Inspiration comes from within, after years of indulgence into myth and folklore and the romanticism of the Arts and Crafts movement. Each design is illustrative of this and demonstrated through glass fusion and stained glass. Classes available throughout the year. At Abergavenny take B4598 towards Usk. Take first left to Llanddewi Rhydderch. Continue for approximately one mile. At the white farmhouse turn right. Pentregwyddel is next property on the left.

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Helly Powell

Lower Pentregwyddel, Coldbrook, Abergavenny, NP7 9TA. (Tel: 01873 857008 or 07928 790889) Sat 27 May: CLOSED, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm. Textile artist Helly Powell looks to her surroundings and the rich literary history of Welsh myth and folklore for inspiration in creating textile taxidermy sculptures aptly named ‘Fauxidermy’. Follow the directions for venue 21. Continue for 50yrds past that venue before taking a left hand turn. Follow the drive all the way down to bottom to the studio.

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Textiles at the Weir

The Weir, Llanddewi Rhydderch, NP7 9TW. (Tel: 01873 840299) Sat 27 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–4pm. Jan Thomas is a textile artist based at her studio in Llanddewi Rhydderch, inspired by nature and the countryside, illustrated in her mixed-media work. She runs courses to cater for all abilities, using a range of textile techniques. A new venture is using fleece from her flock of Coloured Ryeland sheep to make throws and smaller items, which are totally natural and ethically produced. In Llanddewi Rhydderch, 10 mins from Abergavenny, off B4233. Lat 51.815025 Long 2.946513.

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Chapel Cottage Studio and Gallery

Llanddewi Rhydderch, Abergavenny, NP7 9TT. (Tel: 01873 840282 or 07935 934898) Sat 27 May: 10am–4pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–4pm, Mon 29 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 the 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, in subjects such as watercolour, pastels, oils, pencil drawing and mixed media. Jantien Powell, the resident artist and tutor, provides many of the classes on offer alongside a selection of the very best artists and tutors from the area, as well as a few from further afield. Jantien’s work centres around the faces and places of South Wales. Well known locally for her rural paintings, Jantien is drawn to colour and pattern and often uses surprising elements within her work. There will be an exhibition of Jantien’s latest work on display across the bank holiday weekend as well as an 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 gardens 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, take the B4233 to Rockfield/Penyfal. Continue for approximately 2.5 miles before turning right to Llanddewi Rhydderch/ Coed Morgan. At Llanddewi Rhydderch village green, turn right past the church. After a quarter of a mile, cross the junction. Chapel Cottage Studio is on the left. Go to our website for more detailed directions: www.chapelcottagestudio.co.uk

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Court Cupboard Craft Gallery

Newcourt Farm, Llantilio Pertholey, NP7 8AU. (Tel: 01873 852011) Sat 27 May: 10.30am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10.30am–5pm, Mon 29 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. As a co-operative, 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 30 members, including painters, glass artists, hand weavers, spinners, basket makers, wood workers, jewellers, textile artists, blacksmiths, printers, ceramic artists and more. 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 in the winter 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 gallery’ signs.

A: Painting by Keith Foster B: Ceramics by Jane Blair C: Jewellery by Annette Yates

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Court Robert

Tregare, Raglan, NP15 2BZ. (Tel: 01291 691186) Sat 27 May: 10am–5pm, Sun 28 May: 10am–5pm, Mon 29 May: 10am–5pm.

Christine Baxter (A) Christine Baxter is a classically-trained sculptor who early in her career studied under the inspirational tutor, Mike Gillespie, a former assistant of Epstein. Christine went on to study Figurative Sculpture and Art History at London’s Camberwell School of Art. Over the past 20 years, Christine has become an established sculptor and artist working for many years as a model maker in the film and gift industry, as well as creating designs for both the Wade and Wedgewood factories. Throughout this time, Christine continued creating work to commission and has sculptures in many public and private collections throughout the world. More recently, Christine has focussed on high-quality figurative, animal and decorative garden sculpture. These pieces are cast in stone and coldcast bronze on-site at her Monmouthshire studio. Christine continues to work on commissions and exhibition pieces, as well as teaching sculpture, mouldmaking and casting. Alex Brown (B)

Alex Brown is a Renaissance man in his approach to painting, embracing a wide variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, still-life and abstracts. What unifies all his work is his love of colour and observation. He approaches his work with a scientific, structured method of seeing; analysing what nature gave us to appreciate. Alex gained his degree in Fine Art Painting at Camberwell School of Art in the early 80s and has been a professional exhibiting artist ever since. He has work in private collections in the UK and abroad, as well as a number of public collections. He was commissioned by the Transport Museum London for a series of posters for the Underground and Art for Hospitals to name but two. He is also a tutor with many years experience, running life-drawing classes from his Monmouthshire studio. In the last couple of years Alex has also been running a popular painting course in France. Take the B4598 (Old Abergavenny Road). Take the turning opposite Raglan Garden Centre and follow the road for approximately 1.3 miles. Court Robert is on the left-hand side with a sign at the start of the drive.

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Open Studios Highlights Tour At midday daily

Informal tour of St Edmund’s Church (venue 11) – built around 1300 by Lady Sybil Pauncefote it is, in itself, well worth a visit.

Demonstrations Saturday •

Gareth Irwin at Oriel CRiC Gallery (venue 1)

Helly Powell will be in the CRiC Studio (venue 4) to chat to visitors about the inspiration behind her ‘Beasts of the Mabinogion’ exhibition.

Sunday •

Helen Crawford at Oriel CRiC Gallery (venue 1)

Sarah Lane of Penrhos Press at the CRiC Studio (venue 4)

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Tracey Ann Sitch at the Oriel CRiC Gallery (venue 1)

Kathryn Willis at the CRiC Studio (venue 4)

7 to 8pm: Andrew Boden will be demonstrating his painting techniques at Chrickhowell Evangelical Church (venue 10)

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Name Abergavenny Art Group Baxter, Christine Beale, Robin Bennett, Jane Brown, Alex Cadman, Rachel Cag Rodwell Glass Chapel Cottage Studio Collis, Louise Community Centre Abergavenny Court Cupboard Craft Gallery Court Robert Crawford, Helen Crawford, Sean CRiC Studio Crickhowell Guild of Spinners, Dyers & Weavers Crickhowell Evangelical Church Cwmdu Studios Danywern Studios Dutton, Roy Fauxidermy Firmin, Hannah Galvin, Graeme Gibson, Veronica Haswell, David Heneghan, Christopher Howard, Michael Jones, Garry Kemp, Anne Kerton, David Roy Kwong Kuen, Shan Lane, Sarah Leverton, Kay Lillywhite, Lesley Llewellyn, Morgan Lloyd, Harriet Macdonald, Robert Oriel CRiC Gallery Powell, Helly Powell, Jantien Powell, Sarah Rodwell, Cag Rossiter, Tim Sowerby, Philippine St Edmund’s Church St Peter’s Church Textiles at the Weir Thomas, Jan Topp, Ginny Torfaen Art Factory Tower Gallery Tracey-Anne Sitch Truefitt-Baker, Martin Willis, Kathryn 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 Some refreshments may be for sale

Tourist information available Parking nearby Parking in town car park

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 Robert Macdonald (venues 4 and 5) Back cover image by Haf Weighton (Open Art entrant) Guide designed by www.ahgraphicdesign.co.uk

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Crickhowell Open Studios 2017 Guide  

A guide to the 2017 Crickhowell Open Studios trail. For more info visit: www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk

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