Updated: Nov 26, 2021
I hope this newsletter finds you well and in good health.
My apologies for this late newsletter, we’ve had quite a lot of changes in the gallery over the past two months, one of them was a delay with our new venture at 40 Queen St. Sadly another of the biggest of the changes was Sarah leaving last September, she was an asset to the gallery, and will be sadly missed, but we wish her well and every success in her new job.
We now have jewellery designer Hannah Duncan working here, some of you might already know of her beautiful work. Her mum, ceramicist Julie Brunskill has also joined the team.
We’d like to thank everyone who attended our recent exhibition FOUND showing stunning work from the group, Textile Artists: made in Britain this was a truly amazing show. We had a wonderful turnout and it was a delight to see so many visitors within the gallery admiring the wide range of creative talent this show displayed. Here are a few examples of the work on show, the full exhibition can still be viewed on our website under past exhibitions. https://www.queenstreetgalleryneath.co.uk/found
Our current exhibitions, Country Coast and Castles in the main gallery and David Williams’ Landscape show in the Cwtch gallery have both been well attended.
Country Coast and Castles features the work of Robert Harrison and Paul Millis, both artists are colleagues that have collaborated for many years sharing ideas and views at the Sable and Hogg gallery in Brecon.
In their productive relationship they have maintained a close interest in one and others contrasting ways of working and choice for media, which could not be further apart. Ranging from Oils to Pastels. From wet to dry and smooth to textured, they use very different approaches to their paintings. The Brecon Beacons have been central to their interests as well as other well-known places in Wales and beyond.
Click the link below to see the video of their show. https://www.queenstreetgalleryneath.co.uk/robert-harrison-paul-millis
In our Cwtch gallery you can see a fabulous collection of landscape paintings by David Williams. David has sketched and painted the Vale of Neath for as long as he can remember. His current body of work captures its fields, mountains and forest roads. He feels a great connection with this landscape because of his many years walking, sketching, and observing it in its many varied weather conditions. The landscapes of the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire and North Wales are also depicted in this exhibition.
All of David’s paintings start with sketches on site with the final work completed in his studio. All the oil paintings have been produced using a palette knife. The palette knife has always been his favourite tool together with oil paint being the ideal companion for creating the thick layers that interpret his landscape’s texture and form.
Click the link below to see the video of David’s show.
Both exhibitions close on Saturday, 27th November, so if you haven’t had the chance to visit the gallery please try and come over to see these stunning shows.
Our December show features an amazing mixed selection of our gallery artist works that are all for sale in our Christmas exhibition which opens on the 4th and finishes on the 24th of December.
Our Christmas exhibition is a great opportunity to see a fabulous and eclectic selection of art created by local artists. As always, we will be selling a diverse range of paintings by notable contemporary artists, with a good selection of works suitably sized and priced for Christmas presents
Featured artist are - Phil Alder, Felix Akulw, Carol Bartlett, Kate Bell, Tony Botto, Geoff Brown, Susan Barber, Rosemary Cassidy Buswell, Maureen Carlson, Sarah Churchill, Jake Cole, Colin Davies, Jan Davies, Julie Davies, Lesley Dearn, Bert Evans, Brenda Evans, Peter Evans, Sandra Evans, Jess Grady, Eloise Govier, Donna Gray, Nicola Gregory, Sally Harrold, Robert Harrison, Kushuma Holyoak, Sarah Hopkins, Claire Hutter, Jacqueline Jones, Lynnford Jones, Lloyd Novelle Jones, Rachel Jones, Ruth Jones, Rachel Jones, Fiona Joyce, Paul Joyner, Tracey Lewis, Heather Littlejohns, Tina Lucas, Roma Mountjoy, Jess Parry, Patricia McParlin, Graham Parker, Catherine Taylor-Parry, Sylvia Paul, Karen Pendry, Maria Pierides, Stephanie Redfern, Michelle Scragg, Steve Roe, Paul Rossi, Phil Taylor, Thomasin Toohie, Vicki Washbourne, Beatrice Williams, David Williams, Sandra Wintle and Anita Woods.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone special, or a treat for yourself, our shop will have what you are looking for. We have a beautiful collection of slumped glass by Natalie Thomas of Fairland Glass, ceramics by Vivienne Albiston, Julie Brunskill, Anna Hale, Valerie James and Martin Lovell as well as some lovely jewellery by Jocelyn Prosser, Hannah Duncan and Miya Yu, all ideal for Christmas presents or even as a treat for yourself!
This year we are holding a Christmas Party on Sunday 5th December at 2 to 4pm so please drop in to meet our talented artists and enjoy the Christmas show with a glass of something spiced accompanied by some very cheesy Christmas music...
On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December from 10.30am – 12.30pm, we are holding a Christmas wreath workshop, come along and make your own special Christmas wreath with Kirsten Tanner - bookings are coming in fast so please book now through the website to secure your place on this magical workshop.
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Thank you for your support and wonderful feedback about the gallery.... from me, our team and all the artists and makers.
Enjoy and have a wonderful week.
All the best, Bethan
New artists : Stephanie Redfern
Natalie Thomas - Fairland Glass