Valeriane Leblond returns to Gallery 3
May 1st to June 13th 2020
‘I am a French and Quebecker artist who has lived in Wales since 2007. I was brought up in Angers, France, and went to live in this beautiful country after graduating in literature in Nantes. I live in an old farmhouse near Aberystwyth with my three sons, several cats and too many chickens.
I have a little studio at home where I paint while listening to French radio and sipping posh tea. In winter the wood-burner is lit and I have a cat or two purring by my side. In summer I struggle to stay indoors and paint more during the evening.
My artworks often deal with the idea of belonging, how people inhabit the land, what makes the place they call home. Most of my works have details and sub-stories that you may notice if you look longer. I love reading novels and I wanted to be a writer when I was a child. There is a narrative aspect in my paintings, and I often have to write down what I have in mind before I start to paint it.
I also illustrate picture books, which is a great way of combining my two passions, books and painting.’
Cilcennin Stitchers In Gallery Three
Opening Tuesday June 16th 2020 to Saturday July 11th
Cilcennin Stitchers, now in their 4th year, are inspired by the traditions and techniques of many lands as well as Wales to create their own work.
Meeting bi-weekly under the guidance of tutor Sonja Turner.
The exchange of ideas and visits to Textile exhibitions has enabled the group to grow in stature and expertise
Cilcennin Stitchers are pleased to present this exhibition of stitched textiles, a result of individually developed ideas using a variety of techniques. Sonja is the experienced tutor who guides and encourages them.
An integral feature of the group is the good will and willingness to share ideas with fellow enthusiasts.
Gwenllian’s Jugs by Stuart Evans
Tuesday July 14th to Saturday August 8th
These prints, drawings and painting are made as a response to my long term friendship with Gwenllian Ashley. Not only did I work with Gwenllian at Ceredigion Museum for over twenty years but we became friends. When she died suddenly in 2019 it was a time not only to remember so many good times but also to celebrate her inspiration.
Gwenllian loved and appreciated the old and timeless beauty of well crafted and designed objects. As a collector she filled her home with the most fascinating and beautiful things. She would arrange and order the mass of objects with an eye that meant everything had its place. This ranged from inherited Welsh furniture to her loved African trinkets and her mass of blue and white plates and jugs.
My focus on the Welsh dresser in her hallway was inspired by the coming together of so many aspects of her life in one iconic piece of furniture. As you enter her house the massive solid wooden structure suggests her warmth and generosity, reflecting a life filled with multiple experiences, treasuring the past but also including the present. Each colourful item displayed has a story, be it ancient or modern.