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.
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.
We are honoured to be able to offer talks on two fascinating topics this August by award winning writer, Jim Perrin.
About Jim Perrin
Jim Perrin is a mountaineering, travel and outdoor writer, and in his youth was an accomplished rock-climber. He writes the Country Diary for the Guardian. His book ‘Shipton and Tilman: The Great Decade of Himalayan Mountaineering‘ won the Kekoo Naoroji Prize for Himalayan Literature in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
An exploration of the friendship and literary legacy of the Himalayan Mountain pioneers Eric Shipton and H.W. Tilman – Thursday 16th August
This lecture will examine the fascinating story of the friendship between the 1930’s Himalayan mountain explorers, Eric Shipton and H.W.Tilman and the importance of their literary legacy.
The lecturer’s award winning book on this subject illuminates the character of these intriguing individuals and their writings along with detail of this exciting decade of Himalayan exploration.
H. W. Tilman lived near Barmouth for many years until his death in 1977. He is revered for his mountaineering and sailing achievements and his record in both world wars.
Thoreau – prophet for planetary survival – Thursday 23rd August
One of the great figures of American literature, Henry David Thoreau’s reputation and popularity have grown immeasurably over the last century. He is recognised as finest of all writers on nature, and his ecological awareness is of enormous and growing influence. Jim Perrin, himself a nature writer and the Guardian’s country diarist for Wales, looks at Thoreau’s writings and his exemplary life.
About the Venue
These lectures are free to attend, but we would be grateful for any donations for the running of the gallery (suggested amount £2). This is a new kind of venture for our small venue. We do not know how many people will attend and seats may be limited. Please email ahead to reserve seats – firstname.lastname@example.org. Both lectures start at 7:30pm.
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
You are invited to the preview evening on Monday 2nd July starting at 7:30pm for the exhibition, which is open to view at the gallery from 3rd to 28th July. Glyn Baine’s abstract collages have attracted much critical acclaim and an increasingly large following.
We are so pleased to have our friend and Eisteddfod gold medal winner, Glyn Baines, exhibiting a selection of his mixed media collages at the gallery in July. Glyn is particularly noted for his bold use of colour, strong shapes and striking abstract compositions.
At the preview evening we are also pleased that we will be having the local choir Singin’ Wimmin performing and that will be followed by the usual acoustic folk music session.
Read more, and see some example images and a video here.
Avon Athens will be speaking on 4 consecutive Thursdays in July on the following topics under the overall heading “Towards a synthesis of philosophy, theology and psychology“:
The existential question: What is the meaning of life? – 5 July
Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam – 12 July
Hindu philosophy: Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra – 19 July
Transpersonal psychology: The modern study of spirituality – 26 July
Each talk is free to attend and starts at 7:30pm.
These presentations will review aspects of the Western tradition (the Abrahamic religions and the esoteric doctrines connected therewith), the Eastern tradition (Hindu philosophy and Yoga), Western philosophy both ancient and modern, and transpersonal psychology as a modern development.
These academically distinct areas share common ground and principles which only come to light when they are studied in combination. The general directive for this program is to explore these commonalities, to investigate various mysteries and enigmas of traditional teachings by cross referencing the systems with each other, and to relate the understanding thus gained to the problems of life in the modern world.
This work is the outcome of more than a decade of study, introspection and contemplation.The approach is original and uncovers various principles that are rarely explained clearly in the open literature. The content is not just of academic interest but also of practical relevance to anyone on the path of Self-realization.
Biography of the speaker
Growing up in the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s exposed Avon to spiritual and new age ideas during his adolescent years. Around his 20th birthday, he had an experience of cosmic consciousness facilitated by an entheogen. This life-changing event was a direct personal experience of the numinous realms that marked the beginning of Avon’s spiritual quest. In the course of the next few years, he spent time in India, started reading books on Hermetic philosophy and Theosophy, had a brief encounter with Scientology, and practised Transcendental Meditation.
Missing out on secondary school, Avon lacked formal qualifications and career prospects so began to study for O-levels at the age of 25. The plan at the time was to train as a practitioner of complementary medicine but while attending college, he discovered a talent for science which took him in a different direction. He later took A-levels then went on to study astronomy, mathematics and physics at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1994 at the age of 35.
Avon found his first professional job in 1999 soon after studying for an MSc in signal processing. He worked as a research scientist at QinetiQ, a defence and security research organization. This was a learning experience for a few years but ultimately led to a point where Avon felt the need to take his career in a new direction away from the professional and corporate world.
Avon took voluntary redundancy from QinetiQ in 2009 to conduct independent research into philosophy, science and transpersonal psychology. This was also a time for exploring “postmodern counterculture” which deals with subjects like near death experiences (NDEs), out of body experiences (OBEs), UFOs, geopolitics and the deep state which receive little attention in academia or the mainstream media.
Avon completed a second MSc in 2015 and continues with independent research as a main activity. He is currently developing a website to present his work.
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