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    Spring Bank Holiday Weekend2325 May 2015


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  • Crickhowell Resource and Information CentreThe Information Hub for the Crickhowell Open Studios weekend2325 May 2015

    We look forward to welcoming you to Crickhowell. Visit the Oriel CRiC Gallery upstairs before continuing the trail of Open Studios. Our volunteers can help you with directions and advise you where to eat, where to stay and what else to see and do in the area.

    Also in CRiC: Locally made gifts Maps, guides and books Wi-fi access Great coffee and cake

    Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre,Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN.Tel: 01873 811970

    Registered Charity Number: 1106479. Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Cardiff 4668297.

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  • Crickhowell, at the centre of a vibrant community of artists, will again this year be at the heart of the eagerly awaited annual Crickhowell Open Studio weekend.

    During the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 23 to 25 May artists and makers will invite visitors into their private studios and homes or exhibit and promote their work in beautiful shared spaces throughout the region. The event is marked by the generosity and support of artists and the community who offer exhibition and display space, financial support and donate much time to promote the event widely.

    The 3 day event creates the perfect opportunity to explore during a pleasant day out, meet artists, be inspired by their art and purchase something to give lasting pleasure. The 29 venues will this year include selected work in the second Crickhowell Open Art Competition, bringing the number of exhibiting artists across the area during the weekend to well over 200.

    Enjoy the rich heritage and beauty of the area while you follow the distinctive red arrows with venue numbers in Crickhowell and further afield to discover artists, makers and designers who work in a wide variety of disciplines including painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, sculpture, glass and forged ironwork. 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.

    We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Suzette Pratten, Open Studios Co-ordinatorOriel CRiC Gallery, CrickhowellEmail: 01873 813669

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  • Charity Art AuctionThe Oriel CRiC Gallery will over the Remembrance Day period in November 2015 be the venue for an Art auction hosted by Major General The Reverend R M Llewellyn CB OBE DL, in aid of Army Benevolent Fund The Soldiers Charity. The ABF is the Armys National Charity, helping soldiers, veterans and families from every conflict. It is hoped to raise significant funds for the charity while showcasing artists work and spending a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

    The charity was established in 1944 to ensure that the hardships endured by soldiers in the aftermath of 191418 were never repeated. The needs of servicemen and women who have suffered in the recent conflicts in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other parts of the world are also acute and urgently need to be addressed. This includes many from Wales and the Border Counties.

    Help is often provided with the everyday things which can be life-changing to the beneficiaries; support with care home fees, training courses or home adaptations. Further details on the charity can be found on

    If you would like further information, would like to receive an invitation to the auction or would like to support the event in any way, please email or contact Morgan Llewellyn c/o Oriel CRiC Gallery, CRiC, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN.

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  • Open Art Competitionat the Oriel CRiC GalleryAfter the overwhelming success of the first Open Art Competition in 2014 CRiC is delighted to be running the competition again as part of the Rural Alliances Project.

    The 2014 exhibition, showing work by established, emerging and amateur artists resulted in an exceptional and exciting exhibition. Visitors relished the variety and the opportunity to vote for the Visitors Choice Prize during the Open Studio weekend.

    2014 prizes were awarded to: 1st Prize Penny Hallas (A) Runner Up Prize Kay Leverton (B) Visitors Choice Glenn Ibbitson (C)

    We are very grateful to the following for donations of the Prize Money for 2015: 1st Prize of 500 from the Brecknock Art Trust Runner Up Prize of 250 from James and Susie Suter of the

    Gliffaes Country Hotel Visitors Choice Prize of 250 from Ann and Cyril Teasdale Young Artist (1825 yrs) of 250 from Peter Meredith

    Stone Mason

    Judges Robert Macdonald (artist and member of the Brecknock Art Trust), Penny Hallas (artist) and a third person to be confirmed will announce the prizewinners at the launch event of the exhibition on the evening of 23 May 2015. The exhibition will continue until 21 July 2015.

    The Rural Alliances project is 50% funded by the EU through their ERDF Interreg IVB North West Europe Programme to strengthen communities in rural areas of NW Europe and help address negative impacts brought about by demographic change. The project contributes to a more cohesive EU society as it derives from a cooperation of people from different countries working on common issues that touch the lives of EU-citizens. Rural Alliances in the Brecon Beacons is also funded by BBNPA and the Welsh Government.

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  • A: Jane Bennetts studio at Danywern Studios 2014B: Court Cupboard Gallery, AbergavennyC: Louise enjoying Jantien Powells Abergavenny Market exhibition during Crickhowell Open Studios 2014

    Hop on the Art BusThe Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Usk Valley have long inspired artists to great creativity. View the landscape from the comfort of a bus on Monday 25 May while you visit a few studios in the surrounding area.

    Tour 1Meet in the reception area at CRiC at 9.30 am

    Time permitting* the morning tour will stop off at Glangrwyney village hall (venue 18 BeaconsArt) before continuing to the Art Workhouse Gallery in Abergavenny (venue 19), Chapel Cottage Studio (venue 22) and Textiles at The Weir (venue 21).

    Please book your seat by emailing or calling 01873 813667. Pre-payment of 5 is required.

    Tour 2Meet in the reception area at CRiC at 1.30pm

    The bus will travel along the lanes to Helga Prossers Barn Gallery (venue 24), before visiting the studios of the three artists at the Danywern studios (venue 28) just outside Llangynidr. Cwmdu School (venue 27) and the Tretower village hall (venue 26) may be included if time permits. The tour will conclude with afternoon tea at the Gliffaes Country Hotel (venue 25) at 4.30pm, where Robert Macdonald and Harriet Lloyd will be exhibiting.

    Please book your seat by emailing or calling 01873 813667. Pre-payment of 15 is required.

    *Please note that the route may be changed to meet the accessibility needs and interests of those on the tour.

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  • Meet the Artistsin the Oriel CRiC GalleryAlison Fennell (A) Alison Fennells watercolour paintings have a vibrant, chimerical charm making her originals, prints and card range a very popular addition to the gallery. She will be demonstrating her fresh watercolour techniques at CRiC between 10am and 12.30pm on Saturday 23rd May 2015 with a view to offering a watercolour workshop at CRiC later in the year.

    Celestine and the Hare (B) Better known as Celestine and the Hare, Karin Hines is a fibre artist who needle felts small creatures from her little shed workshop in Monmouth, Wales. Each creature she makes has a unique character, charm and mischief of its own. Her sense of fun and nostalgia and a love of the forgotten, small, passed over and missed things are manifested in the charming felted creatures she makes from sheep fleece (with occasional use of camel, alpaca, silk fibres etc) pipe cleaner legs so they can be posed and glass beads for eyes.

    Karin will be sharing the process of creation on Sunday 24 May between 11am and 3pm. There will be the opportunity to sign up for a workshop later in the year. A few of her creations will also find their way into the gallery where they may tempt you to take them home.

    Ann Notley (C)Textile artist Ann Notley lives locally and regularly exhibits her beautifully executed stumpwork in the Oriel CRiC Gallery. She has been invited to show her work later this year at the National Botanical Garden of Wales. This form of three dimensional embroidery has its roots in the 17th century, but is now widely used in contemporary textile art. Ann uses her embroidery to recreate 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 create a three dimensional effect.

    During the course of the morning of Monday 25 May Ann will be stitching and showing how she creates these beautiful miniature treasures which delight so many of our visitors.