New Exhibition Oriel CRiC Gallery

Posted on Jan 24th 2017

the felted creations of Celestine and the Hare add undeniable charm to the exhibitionTen members of the International Feltmakers Association are showcasing work alongside regular exhibitors in the oriel CRiC gallery in Crickhowell. Working to the theme of “Glow” the natural fibres, rich colours and textures have certainly brought warmth to the gallery. Ranging from playful, decorative, and sculptural to functional and wearable pieces the artists have demonstrated their creativity and skill, as well as the versatility and beauty of their medium in an exhibition which is enchanting visitors to the gallery.

Suzette Pratten said, “Welcoming this group of textile artists has been a wonderful way of starting the gallery’s exhibition program for 2017. With the help of Mandy Nash, regional co-ordinator and exhibitions officer of the International Feltmakers Association, the selected work includes wraps, hats, scarves and bags, all of which sit comfortably alongside tiny animal sculptures, sculptural vessels, upholstered chairs and framed landscapes. It is particularly pleasing to see the contemporary execution of the ancient craft of felting.”

Equally tactile and pleasing are the delicate vessels of ceramicist Kim Colebrook created by layering ceramic stains into porcelain and then cutting and stretching the clay to allow the colours to be seen through the fired material. The exhibition does not disappoint with the variety of paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery on offer.

Applications to show wall mounted work in the gallery’s annual Open Art Exhibition close on 19 March. Suzette added, “Now in its fourth year, the annual Open Art adds an exciting dimension to that Crickhowell Open Studio weekend during the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend at the end of May. Visitors have come to appreciate the opportunity to enjoy and discover an array of art by a large number of artists who have been given a gateway to exhibit, sell and promote their work. This year we are pleased to be adding an additional “Legends of Wales” category in support of the national Year of Legends.”

Interested artists are invited to view the Application Form and Terms and Conditions on or to contact the Open Art administrator at for further information. The closing date for submissions is 19 March 2017.

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