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November Exhibitions: The Silence of Sound
This month in the main gallery, we are delighted to host the work of Maria Pierides. Her solo exhibition The Silence of Sound, is a spiritual experience as much as a visual one. Collectively, the work has a presence to it that resembles that of a temple or Cathedral. This is a quality the artist herself is highly conscious of. Pierdes has set out to capture the ambiguities of our internal, secretive lives, reflected in the everyday landscape of her walk through the Elidir Trails, Brecon.
If you're not already a fan of abstract art, there’s nothing stopping you from flirting with the possibility of conversion. Make it sooner rather than later - the exhibition ends on November 26th.
Visual Textures: Steve Evans and Anna Hale
Over in the Cwtch gallery, you’ll find a collaborative exhibition between two local artists, Steve Evans and Anna Hale. Visual Textures explores the optical delights of South Wales. While they work in entirely different mediums, the two artists share in common a deep appreciation for the enchantments of natural form. Evans’ work, made up of hundreds of textured dabs of thick luminous paint, is a feast for the eye. His preoccupation with the natural chaos of woodland is offset by the occasional sighting of a croaking chimney, crowning the skyline. The contrast between the ashen tombs of machinery and the boundless vitality of Aberavon’s beauty spots succeed in capturing the essential truth of his subject. As much as its portrayed as Wales’ industrial heartland, Port Talbot is also a treasure cove of beauty.
Exhibiting side-by-side with Evans is the work of ceramic artist Anna Hale: “I am a local pottery artist who is influenced by the world around me. Many of my pots start from photos taken whilst walking my dog and then sketched and translated into clay. The images may be from rock surfaces, the same place in different seasons, places or events of special interest or news stories.”
Christmas ‘22 is a mixed exhibition from a selection of Queen Street Gallery Artists. To mark the event, we'll be having an opening on December 5th, from 5-7pm.
There is still time to apply to exhibit in the Open 23. Click here for more information.
Young People’s Competition
If you are a young creative, why not apply for the Young People’s Competition. This is a great opportunity to get your work on display in a commercial environment. Click here to find out more.
Maker of the Month: Steve Evans
Each month, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a single artist. This month, the spotlight is on Steve Evans. Currently on show in the Cwtch Gallery, Evans is a local painter from Port Talbot, who has recently transitioned into producing work according to what interests him.
“I have lived in Port Talbot all my life and everywhere you look there is always something there to inspire me to paint, hills and trees, the steelworks, old decaying parts of Port Talbot and its surroundings, and of course Aberavon Beach.
Over the past few years, I have grown more as an artist in producing my own work that inspires me, experimenting, developing, improving and by changing the way I paint that made me more relaxed and content with how I produce a picture. Before this I was always working on commissions of family portraits, and pet portraits that were not fulfilling or inspiring. Through observation I use different mediums to create different textures and form, also using deeper colours and strong light to enhance my work, as shown in several paintings depicting foliage, rocks and form to give the viewer a sense of being there in the moment with me.”