Crickhowell: St Ives of Wales?

Posted on Jun 3rd 2013

Art everywhere: in the run up to the Open Studio weekend at the end of May, Crickhowell itself became a gallery as the town’s businesses contributed greatly to an event that can only be described as a triumph.

“Visitors could be seen lingering in front of beautiful displays of art which had popped up in business windows all over town. From the butcher to the baker – they all embraced the occasion and created a festive atmosphere as well as an air of eager anticipation,” said event coordinator Suzette Pratten. “It has been wonderful that the town has once again been willing to support us and work with artists to promote their art and the event which stretches from Crickhowell across the Brecon Beacons andBlack Mountainsto 43 studios, workshops and galleries. Visitors came from far and wide to interact with and buy directly from artists. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Both the intimacy of the smaller home studios as well as the beautiful shared venues delighted visitors with the quality of art that was abundantly available.”

Artist Lee Wright from Llangattock who is a regular participant in the Crickhowell Open Studios, said that the best comment  that he had  had all weekend came from a visitor from Cardiff who, when asked what brought him to Crickhowell for the art trail commented, “Well, Crickhowell is known as the St Ives of Wales.”

Suzette added, “As an organisation CRiC was very pleased to welcome the high volume of visitors to the centre, to field the many enquiries and to welcome visitors to the “Showcase” exhibition in the Oriel CRiC Gallery.  Thanks to the support of the Brecon Beacons National Park Rural Alliances Project we were able to introduce 2 bus tours in the area during the weekend and host a few demonstrations. These were met with such enthusiasm that we hope to build on them for next year’s event”.  The “Showcase” exhibition continues until the end of July.

The Open Studios and Galleries weekend is an initiative of the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre. It champions and celebrates local artists and their work. An annual event which takes place during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May, it affords visitors and local residents the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beautiful Brecon Beacons and surrounding countryside whilst visiting the studios of some of the area’s exceptional artists.

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