A colourful autumn in Crickhowell

Posted on Oct 4th 2017

Shorter days, lower temperatures and changing colours of the landscape all point to the arrival of autumn.  The oriel CRiC gallery in Crickhowell pays tribute to the season and the landscape with paintings by Lindsay Davies, Philip Huckin and Karl Sylvester to name but a few of the members of ‘The Picturemakers’ – a collective of visual artists based in Mid-Wales – who are exhibiting alongside Richard Bavin’s Lea and Paget’s Wood series – ‘A Year in the Life of an Ancient Woodland’. Richard relishes the opportunity to be still, to observe in detail and to experience the shifting light and weather.  Using his outdoor records as a starting point for watercolours and oils he seeks to convey the joy of being among trees in all weathers, and especially to capture moments when a scene is transformed by particular conditions of light and weather.

There will be an opportunity to meet and see Richard Bavin at work on watercolours or sketches in the gallery on Saturday 7 October from 11am to 4pm. It is also a great opportunity to visit the CRiC Studio space where members of the South Wales Potters Association are exhibiting their work for three weeks in October.

The landscape in its various moods is well represented in this exhibition. Among others, visitors will find favourites such as Paul Burgess with his fascinating patterned landscapes and highly figurative representation of animals. Equally popular is watercolour paintings by Rhian Symes and original limited edition lino prints by Lee Wright. With these and other paintings and prints complemented by ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and furniture, the gallery in the Crickhowell Resource & Information Centre (CRiC), remains a great destination during a day out in Crickhowell. The autumn exhibition continues until 13 November 2017 and will be followed by ‘Chrismas at CRiC’ when the gallery will be showing the paintings of members of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales.

Signs of the approaching festive season are appearing in the centre with a new range of cards and Welsh gifts and tasty temptations in the retail area. With late night shopping and a Christmas fair scheduled in Crickhowell for 7 December the staff and volunteers look forward to ending 2017 on a high note.

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