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Students in Ysgol Dewi Sant
Brendan Grigg, Rory Steele and Megan Crofton
at the Launch of the Articles of Memorandum for the visit
Spotlight on Japan and Wales

As a direct result of the connections and work that Fishguard Arts Society has been doing with artists in Japan, Brendan Griggs, Director of the Sasakawa Foundation and Rory Steele his Assistant were at Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids this St David’s Day to congratulate and meet the students and parents of twelve successful 6th form pupils. The Sasakawa Foundation is organising a fully funded visit to the Kansai area of Japan for the twelve pupils accompanied by two members of staff, Rachael Thomas and Sophie Davies, and headmaster, David Haynes, in next October’s half term.
 Rory Steele, outlined the itinery for this exciting opportunity to the pupils which, amongst other things, will include a visit to a high tec facility, a traditional buddhist temple and stay in a Japanese style inn  on Miyajima as well as visiting the Peace Park and Museum in Hiroshima.


Exhibition Of Recent Work
By
 Barbara Price
28th Feb to 2nd April

at The Joanna Field Gallery
The Torch Theatre Milford Haven

All fas members are invited to the opening
on
Tuesday 28th february
 at the Torch theatre at 3 pm




 

Geoff Yeomans speaking at the Opening of 'RENITENCE'


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Cynth Weyman – Creative Journeys Exhibition

Theatr Ffwrness, Llanelli February 28th – 8th April (Mondays – Saturdays 11am-5pm)


Paintings, prints and Intaglio Strati textile relief art quilts displayed with a theatrical difference in this state of the art venue! Starting in the foyer – you’ll need to look upwards and then follow the trail to the first floor bar area and beyond.

Zoned areas will show collections of themed artworks: Carmarthenshire - Castles, Abbeys & Towy Valley; Pembrokeshire National Coastal Path; ‘Rock Woman’; ‘Hidden Strengths’ and ‘Diary of an Artist’. Artworks in paint, textiles and print will appear in the bar, corridors and mini galleries – some suspended in the air! Glad I’m not hanging that one! Queuing for Stwdio Stepney? No problem – there’ll be pictures along the corridor too. It’s a mass of colours in a contemporary colourful architecture.

TV and digital screens will help you on your way. You’ll even see some images on the large screen outside – that’s a first for me! Many artworks are for sale at the box office. It’s all techno this time. The exhibition is in a theatre after all.
Themed Artworks can be found in: Towy Valley & Castles in the bar, Rock Woman on the stairs, Diary of an Artist in mid-air, selection of prints on route to Stwdio Stepney and Hidden Strengths in Oriel Cornel – these large powerful contemplation panels need some time to think and reflect. Best arrive early to see the exhibition before the show and have another quick peep during the interval. I’ll also be in situ for some pre-theatre demonstrations sharing my Intaglio Strati textile relief technique.

Cynth Weyman’s exhibition ‘Creative Journeys’ runs between February 28th – 8th April (theatre is closed Sundays). Her own gallery in Carmarthen will also be open Wednesday – Saturdays as usual (10-4pm). See www.inspired2collect.co.uk/Home for ‘Seasonal Hours’ information. Weekly




A message from Sarah Hope
 
I’m pleased to say that one of my drawings has been selected for Artists & Illustrators Magazine’s ‘Artist of the Year 2017’! The selected 50 Art works will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London from 23 -28 January.  There is a people’s/readers vote so if you’d like to you can vote for me by following this link….
http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/shortlist2017
The Drawing is called ‘Memory's Scent’.  It is a portrait of my daughter, the animator, illustrator and designer Gemma Green-Hope.  Over the years I have drawn and painted my daughter many times.   She has put up with me asking her to pose for me in many of my drawings and paintings, she is a continual inspiration to me.
In this drawing she is dressed in both of her deceased Grandmother’s clothes and is wearing some of their jewellery.  She is smelling her maternal Grandmother’s favourite perfume ‘Chanel’.    Owning these possessions, holding, smelling and feeling them, evoke strong and treasured memories which are of great comfort.  I wanted this drawing to celebrate the enduring love and connection between a Granddaughter and her Grandmothers. 



Diana Powell
3 January
Looking forward to 2017, and being mentored by Cinnamon Press for my short story collection. Very exciting!
Diana Powell is a runner-up in the Cinnamon Press Annual Short Story Prize, with her  story described as 'an excellent and daring piece of writing'! It will be published in an anthology next Spring.

 

 Elizabeth Haines

Some images of the Preseli Sketchbook which I produced last year and will be reprinted soon; and I've still got some little calendars - if you would like one, please send an A6 SAE (regular stamp) and I will send one to you.

The Millinery Works show opened on Tuesday, where I have some paintings, and there will be another preview on Sunday from 12 noon. The show continues until the end of February. see www.millineryworks.co.uk



Here are a few images from two new sketchbooks I've had printed: I had a marvellous time recently drawing at the rehearsals of the WNO's brilliant production of In Parenthesis. The second book has drawings/watercolours of the Preselis gleaned from a number of sketchbooks.  Both are 7.5 x 5.5 inches, with a soft cover, and are priced at 20. They will be available from the open studio (more details shortly) and the WNO one will also available from the Kooywood Gallery in Cardiff.

   





 


 



Gwenno Dafydd has composed a song in English and Welsh
 'Dance Diving With Dolphins'
which is about to be recorded by the group Mantra



Opening of Twr y Felin, Art Hotel.
https://www.twryfelinhotel.com/

Geoff Yeoman's stunning 'Tugboats at Porth y Rhaw' takes a good position








Geoff Yeomans
has given his painting' The Last of M72', oil on canvas,  to Moma Wales in Machynlleth as part of their permanent collection.
It is a particularlyexcellent piece for showing the craftsmanship and style of this renowned painter.




Miniature by Norman Round accepted for the
 2015 Annual Exhibition of Miniature Art


Theatr Gwaun National Theatre LIVE

        




 
Dilys Jackson will be showing
with
The Welsh Group in Dusseldorf from 11th June to 12th July,

with Sculpture Cymru at Kidwelly Castle from 7th June into September

and with 56 Group Wales at the Mid Wales Arts Centre from 17th July  to 6th September.

 


Carole King has produced a hand-made book, the contents of which illustrate aspects of woollen cloth manufacture across its twenty-four silkscreen printed pages. and is one of only 35 designers to be selected for Cambrian Mill's Design and Make Challenge
The book can be seen on:-


http://youtu.be/RzdFMapHwdA



Jobina Tinnemans has been chosen to present a musical interpretation of/accompaniment to Dannie's poem 'Winged Back', chosen to represent the year 1953 in Carol Ann Duffy’s bestselling anthology Jubilee Lines

http://www.parthianbooks.com/content/dannie-abse-memorial-1953-winged-back

Exhibition of the extraordinary works of Eirian and Denys Short in the Welsh Quilt Centre






 
         
                                                     


Gwenno Dafydd has been offered a publishing contract from Parthian Books http://parthianbooks.com for her non-fiction book on female stand up comediennes. The book will be published in 2015

The material for this book is the result of eighteen years of research. Gwenno has interviewed numerous comics working in Britain and internationally – some pioneering and well known like Joan Rivers, Jo Brand, Jenny Eclair, Helen Lederer, as well as newcomers Nina Conti, Shazia Mirzah and Amy Schumer.
http://traceagency.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/great-news-for-welsh-author-gwenno-dafydd/




Cynth Weman has opened a Gallery for her work in Carmarthen
Cynth Weyman -Inspired to collect in the Albion Arcade, Blue Street Open 10.30 am-5pm Tuesday -Saturday


Linda Norris has been awarded a place on a masterclass at North Lands Creative Glass in Caithness in September with artist, Helen Maurer and photographer, Angela Moore. Linda is holding a summer sale of work to fund the trip.

more info on Linda's website



http://www.linda-norris.com

"North Lands has been an inspirational place and a catalyst for my work. This masterclass will enable me to work with these internationally acclaimed artists to explore light, glass and landscape in new and exciting ways."

A film by Gemma Green- Hope, Gan-Gan on vimeo has been very successful and has resulted in a short for the Dylan Thomas Celebrations
 http://vimeo.com/92915163








 


Exciting new residential  courses from Literature Wales in Ty Newydd

http://www.literaturewales.org/courses/



Fishguard Arts Society Committee have decided to award a Sixth Form Student Arts Prize 2014
to a pupil from Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Fishguard. The prize will be presented at the opening of our Members' Exhibition in July








        
David Clarke from Clynfyw has sent his official media announcement in Welsh and English, together with some images of the eBook.  You can also learn more about the venture at www.savvy-books.com or the new Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Savvy-Books/
 Two additional titles are already in production and should be released within a few weeks.





Hans Van Bemmelen, our  member from the Hague, has  been very busy working on a series of sculptures. You can see them on :-

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com/drawingsandprints/artist/gallery/262/hans-van-bemmelen/rabley-series

Hans's work often includes elements informed by architecture and engineering. The pieces in the Rabley Series are intended to contrast with the landscape, while also drawing attention to elements in it.


Christine Willison
will be reading extracts from and signing copies of her book, Pembrokeshire Folk Tales, published by History Press in different locations in Wales.

For information see her website:-

http://www.christinestories.co.uk/


Alex Barr's e-book is not available on Kindle but is available on Nook and ipads
 Alex writes about his new book:
"I’ve always loved road movies and detective stories, and Antofagasta has elements of both. Shakespeare fans may detect signs of larceny from the works of the bard. I’ve done a lot of amateur acting. My last appearance was as a headless ghost at the opening of Fishguard Arts Society’s latest exhibition. Places and travel are important to me and have inspired a lot of the short stories I’ve written."
you can read more on:- http://tonyriches.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/new-ebook-launch-guest-post-antofagasta.html


 Preview the new Kindle eBook
Antofagasta - A Novel
on Amazon US or Amazon UK



'Tatsuko' is coming to the Carmarthen
A film based on a true story, Tatsuko is a silent film
which will run for about 40 minutes, shot almost entirely in black and white.
A trailer for the film can be seen on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NwVwNk0NuA








Jonathan Cramp and Jonathan


The Opening in Oriel Q of a Retrospective in 2014 of Elizabeth Cramp's delicate and beautiful work
For more information on the Exhibition and catalogue and information on current  exhibitions link here to : Oriel Q













FISHGUARD MARKET HALL MURAL
The official opening for the renovated ceramic mural


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'Chapel and Tip' c 1959,  by Denys Short
(1800mm by 1200mm) is part of the permanent exhibition in the new 'Derek Williams Contempory Gallery', The National Museum of Art, Cardiff.