Photos and Videos from Egg Tempera Painting course Sept 2018

Here is a sample of images and videos to give a flavour of the Egg Tempera Painting course ‘from drawing thru to exhibition’ by Jon George, which took place 4-8th September 2018 at the gallery.


Click on any image to view the set larger in a light box.





A Week Working in Wales – Presentation 17 August Artists Pete Clarke and Georg Gartz

On Friday 17 August Pete Clarke and Georg Gartz will present the results of their week working collaboratively in Barmouth and the surrounding landscape. They arrived in the area on 11th August. There is a video below of them talking about their practice and what they will be doing. The evening presentation will start at 7:30pm all welcome. Read more about the collaboration of these two artists here.


Book Now for 5-day Egg Tempera Painting Course 4 to 8 September

Poster advertising Jon George Egg Tempera course 4-8 Sept

Egg tempera is a painting process that uses egg yolk to bind pigments. On this 5 day course (Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th September), participants will learn from Jon George how to make gesso and prepare a board to receive the egg tempera. Then there will be a session of sketching preparatory drawings outdoors, then making a painting from the sketches. The paintings can then be exhibited along side the exhibition of work by Jon George. The course will be 10:30am to 5pm each day. The fee is £130, which includes materials. Please email to book a place. More info here.

Amazing photographs of wild birds in flight by Martin Garnett

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

We are fortunate to have some wonderful video slideshows of amazing photographs made by Martin Garnett playing on a large TV screen in the gallery. They will be available to view for the rest of the summer and are well worth a visit.

Birds in flight in a new light

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

Martin Garnett’s love of birds and bird song are combined in these wonderful video slideshows of his photographs. Commonly, to capture birds in flight, very fast shutter speeds are used to achieve crisp sharp images. Instead Martin has experimented with longer exposure times, deliberately catching ethereal motion. Using shutter speeds from 1/60th of a second and longer, rather than 1/1000th, he shifts our attention from the individual bird to the phenomena of flight. In making this subtle shift, he makes stunning images with a quality of art.

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

Bluebells and Ferns

In another video slideshow Martin has captured the magical essence of a Welsh bluebell wood in Spring using long exposures with deliberate movement to create an impressionistic photograph. The background track is bird song also recorded by Martin.

photograph copyright Martin Garnett

6 Ways You Can Support the Gallery  

If you value St John’s Hall Gallery and want it to continue to be viable and grow, you can support it in the following ways:

  • Buy a piece of art from one of the exhibiting or resident artists
  • Make a donation when you visit
  • Bring a bottle when you attend an event
  • Buy a raffle ticket (£5) in the monthly art raffle
  • Park your car in our car park (£3 for 12 hours/£5 for 24 hours)
  • Tell people you know about the gallery and encourage them to visit

You can choose from the paintings by Bernard Barnes below in this month’s raffle, which will be drawn at the next preview evening on Monday 6th August.

You are invited to the Preview on 6th August of the Mawddach Art Group Exhibition

Mawddach Art Group Logo

St John’s Hall Gallery is very pleased to be showing the latest work of the Mawddach Art Group for the second year running, and to be supporting this group of talented amateur artists.

The preview for the exhibition is on Monday 6th August starting at 7:30pm and the exhibition is on from 7th to 31st August. The exhibition will be open 11am to 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays.

These celebration evenings at the start of each guest exhibition at the gallery are becoming pleasant parties. All welcome. There will be wine and soft drinks available, but if you are able to support the running costs of the gallery by bringing a bottle that will be gratefully received. The evening will include acoustic folk music from the musicians who meet regularly on a Monday evening.

The Mawddach Art Group has been meeting once a week for over 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.

Work in the exhibition will be for sale unless otherwise indicated.

Photos and Videos from the Preview Evening in July of Glyn Baines’ Exhibition

It was a very enjoyable preview evening on 2nd July for the exhibition of work by Glyn Baines which is in the gallery for the whole of July. Below are photos and videos giving a flavour of the evening. To view the photos larger, click on one of them.





Please Support the Gallery by Buying a Raffle Ticket in June

This year, as an experiment in funding the materials for production of the murals and the upkeep of the gallery, we are inviting visitors to buy a £5 raffle ticket for the chance to win one of Bernard Barnes’ paintings as prize. There will be a choice of 6 paintings in the raffle each month on view in the gallery and on the website here. The pictures in the June raffle are shown below. To get a larger view, and scroll through, click on any of the images. Please call in to the gallery to buy tickets.

A draw will take place once a month. At the draw, one ticket, purchased for the month up to that date, will be selected. The winner will receive the painting that they indicated they preferred. The draws will take place at the preview evenings on the following dates in 2018:

Monday 30th April – Winner Bernard Young

Monday 4th June – Winner Tim Langden, Aberystwyth

Monday 2nd July

Monday 6th August

Monday 2nd September

Buy a £5 raffle ticket for the chance to win one of these paintings in June

Video of Draw on 4th June 2018

Photos from the Preview Evening on Monday 4th June

Here are a selection of photos to give a flavour of the evening. If you have the chance, please do call in to see these fascinating exhibitions which are on until 30th June. The exhibitions are Oneiric and Symbolic Paintings by Mary Blindflowers and Sonja Benskin Mesher Speaks of a Small Life.

And a video

Poster for the Mary Blindflowers and Sonja Benskin Mesher Exhibitions

Preview 4th June, Exhibition 5th - 30th June

Hope you can make it to the preview on 4th June or to see the exhibitions sometime in the period 5th-30th June.

More information about Mary Blindflowers’ exhibition here, and about Sonja Benkin Mesher’s here.