No guest exhibitions currently on display. Wide range of work to view by resident artists Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a very pleasant evening of art and music yesterday at the preview of the Mawddach Art Group exhibition combined with the regular Monday acoustic folk music. If you have chance to call in and have a look at the exhibition before it closes on 2nd September, it is well worth a look. A variety of styles and materials and perhaps something you would like to buy at a very reasonable price. Here are some photos of the evening (if you click on any image the set will open up to scroll through in a larger format).
Photographs by Bernard Young
The Mawddach Art Group has been meeting once a week for around 20 years. There are 14 members, all amateur, some with formal training, others self-taught. All members are now over 60 years old. There are no restrictions, as such, when it comes to media. “It depends on what you’re prepared to carry up the stairs to the school room above Christ Church! We all have one thing in common – we love to create – be it painting, drawing, collage, sculpture or photography,” says Ann Hickebottom, who organises the group’s exhibitions.
St John’s Hall Gallery is pleased to show the latest work of the group and support this group of artists.
The exhibition will be open 11am to 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays.
The new arrangement of the gallery has exhibitions of work by Bernard Barnes (Fragments of Barmouth and Devon), Reyna Rushton, Alyosha Barnes and Sasha Barnes. Also, until the end of June, there is a bay including paintings by Bernard and Alyosha influenced by the refugee crises, and a graffiti wall to add your art and words.
A catalogue of the Fragments of Devon collection by Bernard Barnes is available to buy from Amazon, more information about the pictures from that collection is available on his website, and prints of the Fragments of Devon collection and some of Barmouth pictures are available to buy from Redbubble.
The gallery is now open to the public again after long refurbishment work over the winter and spring. There is a new internal layout of the display boards creating four ‘rooms’. The large painting, Captives of the Cosmic Web, has been rehung on the north wall and the first of the ceiling panels (the Mythic Dreamer of the Gobekli Tepe – read more) has been put up.
The new exhibitions are a family affair. The art by Bernard Barnes (Fragments of Devon), Reyna Rushton, Sasha Barnes and Alyosha Barnes is all on display and for sale. There will also be an area inviting your participation in considering the refugee crisis.