NEWS: October-December 2018

Dewiswch o’r blwch i gyfieithu.

The gallery is on winter opening hours. There are no visiting guest exhibitions over the winter and renovations works are taking place.

The large painting by Bernard Barnes “Captives of the Cosmic Web” is still available to see and there are other pieces by Bernard Barnes and Reyna Rushton to see including work in progress if you are available to call in. If you are happy to turn up on spec, if the lights are on knock and someone will probably be there. Otherwise ring 01341 280261 first to make sure someone will be there to let you in.

The events calendar has brief details of the things we have planned, for the 2019 season.

It is now too cold in the gallery for the regular Monday evening acoustic folk music sessions. The open sessions will resume in the Spring.

The adult pop choir is now meeting at Bendi-gedig. For information contact Donna on 07825446280 or via her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/donnamorrisvocals

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Please Support the Gallery – Pictures in May Raffle

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 May 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

Monday 2nd July

Monday 6th August

Monday 2nd September

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

Call for Exhibition Proposals – Closing Date 31 May

Call for Exhibition Proposals Closing Date 31 May 2018

We are inviting proposals for exhibitions at the gallery for Sept 2018 and April-Sept 2019

In the last few years, as well has having a varying display of work by the two resident artists, the gallery has exhibited the work of artist friends. This year, for the first time, we opened up a formal proposal process to any artist who felt they had a body of work suitable to exhibit in the space.

We were so pleased with the fresh work that we got to see that has formed our summer exhibition programme, that we are repeating the process for September 2018 and the programme for next year. So if you are an artist who would like to exhibit your work at St John’s Hall Gallery in Barmouth, please look at the guidelines and submit a proposal.

The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2018.

Before submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines in full that are available to download as a PDF in English and Welsh. If you have any difficulties with the guidelines, please email info@stjohnshallgallery.com.

This is not an opportunity that is likely to result in a lot of sales, but rather is a chance for your work to be seen in a gallery setting by a new audience. PLEASE NOTE THE GALLERY DOES NOT PAY ARTIST TO EXHIBIT.

There are no restrictions on where you are based in the UK, but we would like to make connections with and support local artists. IF YOU ARE NOT A LOCAL ARTIST, PLEASE TELL US HOW YOU PROPOSE TO INSTALL AND TAKE DOWN YOUR EXHIBITION.

This call is open to artists at any stage of their career. We are looking for work of a high professional standard.

PLEASE PASS ON THIS CALL TO ANY ARTIST THAT YOU THINK IT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO. THANKS.

Please Support the Gallery’s New Fundraising Initiative

The gallery pays rent for the space to Harold Gassner. There are also running costs for electricity, water and publicity. The gallery’s income is derived from the sale of artwork, parking charges and the generosity of visitor’s donations. The gallery earns 20% from the sale of visiting artwork.

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 April 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

Monday 4th June

Monday 2nd July

Monday 6th August

Monday 2nd September

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

These are the picture options:

A Old Barmouth
B St Johns Church
C Pont Ysgethyn
D Pen Sarn Bridge
E Guild of Saint George Cottages
F Sky Architecture

Review of 2017 – St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth

Repairs to the Hall

I’m pleased to report that the Gallery, in its 7th year as such, has been open and busy for all of the summer. It took some time to get going this year after a winter of momentous interruption. Over the winter 2016/17 the gallery closed completely for the first time and the main work renovating the actual hall came to a conclusion. It required a clear out of all the inner partitions and furniture, the safe removal and storage of all the artwork so that the remaining insulation work on the east wall could match that of the west wall. It also required that the large painting on the north wall (Captives of the Cosmic Web) be taken down and stored, so that an insulated plywood layer could be added. The ceiling was painted white and much electrical rewiring and new lighting was carried out at the same time.

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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/

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

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.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

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.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

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.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

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.

Copyright Bernard Barnes

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