The Gallery will only be open to public at weekends over the winter

Painting copyright Bernard Barnes
Progress as on 7th October 2017

For the winter months the gallery is reverting to being a studio for Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton on week days, and will open as a gallery on Saturdays and Sundays only, 11 am to 4:30 pm.

But, if you visit on a week day and the lights are on, you can still knock on the door to have a look around and say hello to Bernard and Reyna. If the lights are off, they are probably not there.

The music unplugged evenings have also finished until the Spring. Please subscribe to this website or have a look back in the Spring for notifications of the sessions starting up again.

Bernard is currently working on a large piece in one of the bays, which will eventually be installed as one of the ceiling panels. A recent picture is above in this post and an earlier incarnation below. Read more about the ideas behind this piece here: http://stjohnshallgallery.barmouthwales.uk/putting-some-ideas-into-practice/

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Earlier stage before the figures were added over the top and the protruding sections.

NEWS: October – December 2017

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu.

There are currently no guest exhibitions but a good display of the work by resident artists Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton. The gallery is now only formally open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 4:30pm. On week days if the lights are on, do knock on the door to have a look around and see the artists at work in their studio.

The acoustic folk music sessions have finished for the Winter. They may start up again in the Spring. Bernard Barnes is working on his Dissonant Britain painting which will eventually be added as one of the ceiling panels.

Books by Bernard Barnes

Bernard is a published author as well as artist. Check out his titles on Amazon or signed copies available in the gallery. The Captives of the Cosmic Web, City as Superorganism, Travels with an environmentally friendly puppet and The cat who said woof. The catalogue of his most recent work, Fragments of Devon, is also available to buy.

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Goethe Quote

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Quote from Goethe, or is it?

Putting some ideas into practice

A busy few days has seen the central panel of the picture mounted in one of the bays of the gallery. Visitors may easily see the progress.

The central panel 8′ x 4′ will form the centre of a larger picture that may take its place on the ceiling of the gallery.

Its subject is the 20th century, leading to the enlightenment that is displayed on the north wall. It is a mystery that men who have behaved so badly can still have any redeeming features at all.

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I am planning to add a ring of events surrounding the inner chaos. Events of momentous proportions, the wars, the great characters, the arts and cultural references. My original hurricane shape based on the vortex I am thinking of bearing the multiple images.

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Throughout the images I am looking for small bubbles of tranquility where I can paste a small scene, an aside, a reference that together will all the rest paint a summary of a momentous century.

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You may be able to see from these pictures that I have cut boards that fit around the edge of the central picture. It will be made up of pieces that I will fit together on the wall, but which I can work on separately on the easel.

I am also beginning to adapt the central image, adding new ideas to fit the theme. I have been experimenting with an optical illusion that can be built out from the surface of the picture to give the illusion of an inner recession.

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Here I am interested in suggesting the receding streets of fear exploited by Giorgio de Chirico in the surrealist paintings and it does add to the tension of the work.

A new ceiling panel is taking shape, and will be on display in the gallery from 18th September

Original painting copyright Bernard Barnes

This painting is 12′ x 6′ and intended for a place on the ceiling of the gallery along with 7 other pictures. Its theme is the 20th century, and it reflects a century of turmoil, war, etc. This image is an artist’s mockup, showing my intent. I will be adding the decorative border while the picture is on display. Here on a blog, I will try and document the development of the picture.

Address of Blog: http://bernardbarnes.com/blog/

Bernard Barnes

Fragments of Devon catalogue available to buy from Amazon

Cover of Fragments of Devon by Bernard Barnes
The catalogue to accompany the exhibition of Fragments of Devon paintings and drawings by Bernard Barnes is now available to buy from Amazon.

The catalogue contains 24 works, completed in 2017, with descriptions connected with each one. The works are also displayed on his website. The book is full colour (matt), 8.5″ square, 64 pages.

We do not have a date yet for the reopening of the gallery and consequently this exhibition. Work is progressing well. It is hoped that the gallery will be open by June, but it may be earlier. There will be notification on the website as soon as we have any firm dates.

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Open Day and Carnival

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Philosophy in July from Jasper Elgood

Jasper Elgood

For those interested in philosophy, Jasper Elgood is giving a series of 4 talks in July on Thursday evenings, each starting at 7:30pm. The titles and dates of his talks are:

  • Thurs 7th July: Malice – Invasion of the Narcissists from Hell
  • Thurs 14th July: Barrack Obama and Donald Trump – The Noble and the Base a Lost Theme in Political Discourse
  • Thurs 21st July: Walking Meditation – How to Get from A to B Without Leaving A
  • Thurs 28th July: What is ‘Why’? – Questioning Questioning

For a flavour of previous years’ talks, recordings are available here: http://stjohnshallgallery.barmouthwales.uk/recordings-jasper-elgood-talks/

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Announcing Exhibition: Fragments of Barmouth by Bernard Barnes

House of Eduard Guyard copyright Bernard Barnes, oil painting
House of Eduard Guyard copyright Bernard Barnes, oil painting

The Fragments of Barmouth Exhibition of Paintings by Bernard Barnes will be open 11am to 5pm every day (except Mondays when closed), from Saturday 4th June to Friday 30th September 2016. Most of the paintings in this exhibition are recent, painted over the winter while the gallery was closed for restoration work. Read more

Announcing Exhibition June 2016: Photographs by Helen Iles

We are pleased to announce that our first guest exhibition at the gallery for 2016 will be landscape photographs by Helen Iles. The exhibition will be open 11am to 5pm each day (except Mondays when the gallery will be closed), from Saturday 4th to Thursday 30th June.

Cwm Orthin Ruins copyright Helen Iles
Copyright Helen Iles

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