It’s been a very busy week in Llanidloes. Today was the annual Carnival so the town was packed. It’s not often you get total gridlock in a small town in Mid-Wales but we had it today. The weather was relatively kind. Not as hot as it has been recently but at least it didn’t pour down with rain – always a bonus if you live here!!
Hopefully our Carnival visitors found time to visit the Artisans’ Emporium here at Minerva Arts Centre. There truly is some wonderful work on show and there are items for sale that are one-offs. For example, Madeleine Vale is selling some fantastic ceramic works like this little fox’s head.
Jude Riley does amazing marbling on paper and silk and has gorgeous scarves, notebooks for sale. She also sells these fabulous limestone coasters.
Chrissie Menzies is back with her beautifully made felted items, including this exquisite nuno felted scarf. The felting is so fine and I know what a perfectionist she is!
All of our visitors have been talking about the unusual lamps made by Alan Mathews from recycled bits and pieces and yesterday I saw someone totter to the till with about three of John Morgan’s beautifully turned wooden bowls.
Mike Browning is a potter who lives in Llanidloes and produces wonderful, classic items in his studio.
Sarah Hill uses recycled glass to make fantastic jewellery and decorative items for the home. Sorrel Sevier also makes gorgeous jewellery from silver and semi-precious stones. Absolutely beautiful!
Susan Mulcock is a felt maker from Shropshire who is particularly well known for her wet felted seascapes like the one below. Who would have thought that this is all made from wool!!
The beautiful watercolour on the left, below, is just one example of the work of Steve Terris while the atmospheric Peter Lloyd painting on the right depicts a local scene in oils.
Last but by no mean least is this lovely print of Watergate Baptist Church in Brecon, produced by local graphic artist and photographer Keith Wheeler.
You have to agree that there is something that everyone to want to take home in the Artisans’ Emporium!!
Finally, we were very pleased to welcome Bobby Britnell and Sarah Burgess to Llanidloes this week. Bobby and Sarah are members of the Textile Study Group and were with us to discuss the staging of their exhibition DIS/rupt, which will be at the Minerva Arts Centre next spring. Bobby also delivered her work for her retrospective exhibition Backwards Looking Forwards which, along with Ruth Singer’s exhibition Fragments, forms part of our annual summer exhibition. This year we feature some of our own collection of quilts and the exhibition, which runs from 5th August until 16th September, is called Timelines – A Line In Time. Don’t miss it!!!