On 27 July the art gallery at Llanfyllin’s historic Workhouse was relaunched as Oriel Y Dolydd: The Meadows Gallery.
Since it was established five years ago with the help of the Bodfach Trust the Gallery has housed a range of exhibitions by artists from primary school pupils to professionals of international repute. Recently it has been under-utilised. Now a group of local professional artists, some with studios in the Workhouse building, has recognised its potential and got together to put on a show which it intends to be the first of many. The exhibition is open, free of charge, every Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., from 31 July to 11 August.
Among the works on view are a series of intricate acrylics by Jude Banks, using small, brightly coloured dots of paint in the manner of aboriginal artists to form abstract or geometrical patterns on canvas, board or driftwood. Equally colourful are the striking works in mixed media produced by Jane Carrington with the help of her one year old son. Dale Marshall exhibits two of his abstracts inspired by street art, soon to form part of a major exhibition, whilst Liz Neal has some large scale works on view including a tapestry and a controversial reworking of the Pieta. Print maker Brian Jones shows his versatility in a variety of giclee prints and collages, and Bob Guy exhibits some of his sensitive woodcuts and hand made books. There are several quirky, engaging bronzes by Beatriz Cabrera Molleja and a fine portrait bust by Jude Howells, and Llewelyn Cumings has contributed some of his popular landscapes. Upstairs are smaller works by Conor Lee-Merrion, Linda Jan James and Paul Butler.
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