PAST EXHIBITIONS

 

SUMMER SALE - MIXED SHOW

23 July - 30 August 2020

This exhibition was quite spontaneous following the lock down. With the majority of the programme now moved safely to 2021, Mima invited some regular contributors to the gallery to give them the opportunity to promote their work. This offered an unpredictable mix and an impromptu show that was a fantastic success under the difficult and challenging circumstances caused by COVID-19 and operating under visitor restrictions and distancing.


The line-up included, Claire Acworth (Jewellery), Kirsti Hannah Brown (Ceramics), Terrence Bunce (ceramics), Shàn Ellis (Painting), Karen Hall (Embroidery), Judith Harrison (Mixed Media), Valerie Land (Painting), Glenys Lawson (Painting), David W.J. Lloyd (Mixed Media), Mima (Photography), Ian Phillips (Printmaking), and Kiran Sharma (Painting/Printmaking),  Below is a sample of works from the show.

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Shan Ellis
Mima (Emma Barley)
Valerie Land
Glenys Lawson
Karen Hall
Ian Phillips
Judith Harrison
Kirsti Hannah Brown
Claire Acworth
Terrence Bunce
David W.J. Lloyd
Summer Sale
 

HELFA GELF SPRING SHOW
NEW BEGINNINGS

15 March - 19 April 2020 (Extended to 10 May)
Note - The exhibition went virtual soon after the opening due to the lock down with COVID-19

This was a special exhibition curated by Oriel Ty Meirion that brought fourteen visiting artists together from the current Helfa Gelf catalogue under one roof with a focus on the theme of ‘New Beginnings’.


The line-up included, Claire Acworth (Jewellery), Kirsti Hannah Brown (Ceramics), Tara Dean (Mixed Media/Printmaking), Rachel Farr (Mixed Media/Painting), Jenny Ford (Printmaker/Painter), Jan Gardner (Painting), Helen Howlett (Painting), Ceri Pritchard (Painting), Verity Pulford (Hand-painted fused glass), Dave Roberts (Painting), Kiran Sharma (Painting/Printmaking), Les Symonds (Woodturner), Dorothy Taylor (Mixed Media/Painting/Photography) and Bee Weir (Glass/Textiles). Below is a sample of works from the show.

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Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
Jan Gardner with her works
Dorothy Taylor with her works
Improvised dance by Karen Meadows at the New Beginnings launch
Improvised dance by Karen Meadows at the New Beginnings launch
Improvised dance by Karen Meadows at the New Beginnings launch
Improvised dance by Karen Meadows at the New Beginnings launch
Improvised dance by Karen Meadows at the New Beginnings launch
Poetry readings by Kiran, Mari, Hannah and Debbie at the New Beginnings Launch
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Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
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Helen Howlett at the exhibition launch
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Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
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Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
Kirsti Hannah Brown with her Mum at the launch
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Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
Helfa Gelf Exhibition Launch
Artist - Bee Weir - Spring Flock
Les Symonds - Weathered oak burr deep pot
Artist - Kirsti Hannah Brown
Artist - Claire Acworth
Artist - Helen Howlett - Spring Tide
Renaissance - Dorothy Taylor
Spring Euphoria - Kiran Sharma
Genesis - Ceri Pritchard
Lust for Life - Jan Gardner
Storm Brewing - Jenny Ford - Linocut
Tangles along hedge and fence - Tara Dean
Aran Fawddwy - Dave Roberts
Rachel Farr - Sparrows Garden Party
During the lockdown I invited the village children to make some works for the window and this is wha
 

VIDEO CLIP

Here is an amateur video of the Helfa Gelf Spring show filmed just after lock down was announced.

 

FOLKLORE & FAIRY TALES
OF NORTH WALES

22 October - 5 January 2020

North Wales is a land rich in folklore and fairytales. This exhibition was curated with a mix of artists from the region and beyond that came together to tell their own versions of ancient stories from north Wales. Many works were based on the famous Mabinogion tales and with the gallery located on the doorstep to some of these stories gave fuel for the imagination.

The artist line-up included Kirsti Hannah Brown (Pottery), Naomi Bunker (Sculpture), Lucy Copleston (Jewellery), Seven Coupar (Textile/Embroidery), Remy Dean (Author & Printmaker), Ffion Gwyn (Paintings), Karen Hall (Textile/Embroidery), Harry Carmichael (Jewellery), Judith Harrison (Mixed Media), Katy Jones (Paintings), Miriam Jones (Woodwork), Katherine Keatley (Textile/Embroidery), David Lloyd (Mixed Media), Flora McLachlan (Etchings), Jean Napier (Author), Ian Phillips (Printmaker), Iona Pickard (Knitwear), Nerys Rowse (Printmaker), Sue Rundle-Hughes (Paintings and Drawings), Katherine Soutar Caddick (Illustrations), Les Symonds (Woodturner), Su Walls (Painter & Printmaker) and Jane Williams (Pottery). Here are some samples of the work in the show.

In Annwn Everything Is Fine - Matriarchy - David WJ Lloyds - SOLD
Going up river - Ian Phillips - Sold
Skein - Bestiary - Ian Phillips - SOLD
Judith Harrison - Blodeuwedd - SOLD
Judith Harrison  - Adar Rhiannon - SOLD
Judith Harrison - The Hunting of Ysgithrwym - SOLD
Judith Harrison - St. Melangell - SOLD
Judith Harrison  - Bryn Cader Faner - SOLD
Judith Harrison  - Twrch Trwyth - SOLD
Judith Harrison - Cabal - SOLD
Judith Harrison at the exhibition launch
Elm bowl by Miriam Jones (great selection sold during the show)
Woodturning artists - Miriam Jones with her partner and Les Symonds
Jewellery by Lucy Copleston
Nerys Rowse with her daughter
Cadair Idris - Nerys Rowse - SOLD
Jewellery by Harri Carmichael
Jane Williams - Ceramic artist
Jane Williams - Branwen's Starling - SOLD OUT
Ceramics by Kirsti Hannah Brown (selection sold)
Knitwear by Iona Pickard
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
Karen Hall - Textile & Embroidery Artist
Naomi Bunker - Sculptor
Blodeuwedd - Naomi Bunker - SOLD
Katy Jones - Illustration artist with husband and daughter at the launch dressed in theme
Sue Rundle-Hughes - Arianrhod - SOLD
Sue Rundle-Hughes - Branwen’s Starling - SOLD
Sue Rundle Hughes - Artist
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
Katherine Sutar Caddick in front of her works at the launch
Seven Coupar in front of her works which were really popular
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
Iona Pickard and Frances Pead
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
Folklore and Fairy Tales of North Wales exhibition
In a wild place - Flora McLachlan - SOLD
The White Heart - Etching - Flora McLachlan - SOLD
A forest - Etching - Flora McLachlan - SOLD
Remy Dean storytelling evening
Remy Dean storytelling evening
Remy Dean storytelling evening
Katy Jones with family at the launch with her works behind.
 

SHÀN ELLIS - NATURAL ELEMENTS

22 September - 13 October 2019

Shàn Ellis is a local painter based in Llanfair near Harlech on the west coast of north Wales. 


The inspiration for this exhibition is based on the ‘Natural Elements’. Shàn is drawn to the colours, shapes, forms and shadows that surround her, and the beaches and mountains of north Wales create an abundance of inspiration.

Shàn’s paintings are influenced by an emotional and evocative response to the landscape that lingers in her memory. This could be a complicated web of branches and roots or the dramatic skies of a sunset. Shàn will begin a work by drawing and often keeps returning to a location with her sketchpad. She will also take photographs to later develop her final piece in the studio.


Shàn usually works in acrylic on canvas or board and also likes to experiment with different media such as gouache, watercolour, ink, pastel, charcoal and collage for texture. Shàn works to capture the image that has caught her attention and transcend her emotional response through the meditative process of painting. This collection is timeless and shows the natural beauty of the landscape inspired by Shàn’s unique vision. 

Pailings - SOLD
Slate Fence - SOLD
Crab Apple and Hawthorn - SOLD
Slate Wall - SOLD
Slate Fence - SOLD
Llandanwg Beach - SOLD
Shàn in her studio
Shàn Ellis and Valerie Land
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
Shàn Ellis Launch
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THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF SNOWDONIA

14 July - 15 September 2019

Artists included Dylan Arnold (Photography), Kirsti Hannah Brown (Ceramics), Terrence Bunce (ceramics), Naomi Bunker (Sculpture), Kim and Gerald Dewsbury (Painting), Rachel Farr (Mixed Media), Ffion Gwyn (Painting), Katherine Keatley (Embroidery), Matt James (Drawing), Glenys Lawson (Painting), Valerie Land (Painting), Jane Lloyd (Painting), Flora McLachlan (Etchings), Ian Phillips (Printmaking), Iona Pickard (Knitting), Nerys Rowse (Printmaker), Les Symonds (Woodturner), Alexandra Symons (Jewellery), Melanie Williams (Encaustic Painting) and me (Photography).

This was a great mix of art that captured the essence and energy of the Flora and Fauna that surrounds us here in Snowdonia National Park.

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The Flora and Fauna of Snowdonia exhibition featured in the Cambrian News on 22 August 2019
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Interview for the Heno programme on S4C
 

VIDEO CLIP

The Flora & Fauna of Snowdonia exhibition featured on the S4C Heno programme. This is a recording of the clip aired on 11 September 2019. Diolch Heno!

 

VALERIE LAND & TERRENCE BUNCE

24 May - 30 June 2019

Valerie Land 


Valerie Land is a popular artist living in Friog on the west coast of Wales. Her paintings often reflect the mood of a place. The collection of tree inspired works on display captures the imagination with a beautiful ethereal quality that reflects nature and our landscape leaving a sense of calm and inner peace.

These paintings are inspired by a mood of the familiar and Valerie enjoys exploring texture, different colour combinations with layers of paint which encourage the viewer to gaze at the composition and explore the hidden depths. It is clear that she is influenced by Japanese art and the Impressionist and Pre-Raphaelite movements. 

Overall, the works draw the viewer into a magical, contemplative and much needed restful world.

Listen to Valerie talking to Alice Oliver at North Wales News here about the show.


Terrence Bunce


Terrence Bunce creates work that rebels against the endless cacophony of mass-produced products that are increasingly permeating our world. Terrence uses a variety of techniques to produce his pottery. He decorates his pieces with locally inspired glazes and gathers clay and minerals from the mountains of Snowdonia, firing mainly by reduction.


His work is strongly influenced by Japanese pottery. He is inspired by the mountains surrounding his home in North Wales and the local coast line to create a fine range of pottery, that are both functional and sculptural.

There is a sense of alchemy to his work that is reflected in his medium choice and attitude towards the consumerist world. It takes in all the elements of earth, air, water and fire to create a piece of work that somehow restores a little balance in our unbalanced world. Terrence takes us back to the natural world where the imagination can wonder to a pre- Neolithic time.

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SeaMoon - SOLD
Silhouette - SOLD
Rum Un - SOLD
Up from the Deep - SOLD
Snowing - SOLD
Limpet - SOLD
Dylan - SOLD
Flagon - SOLD
Terrence Bunce with partner Jane
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land & Terrence Bunce Exhibition launch
Valerie Land, Terrence Bunce and me at the launch
Valerie Land being interviewed with Alice Oliver from North Wales TV news
TV Interview with Alice Oliver from North Wales TV news
TV Interview with Alice Oliver from North Wales TV news
 

MELANIE WILLIAMS

5 April - 19 May 2019

Melanie Williams is a successful encaustic and mixed media artist living locally in Bala. Melanie has been using the encaustic method for many years now, which is a rare medium in the UK.  The word encaustic originates from the Greek word ‘enkaustikos’ which mean to ‘burn in’ and dates back 2000 years. Melanie uses a mix of hot wax, damar resin and coloured pigments with a range of hot and cold tools to create unique artworks that are inspired by the outstanding natural beauty of Wales. 


Melanie begins a piece of encaustic artwork by setting down layers of pure beeswax and damar resin on a birch panel. The beeswax is sourced from local suppliers and the beautiful aroma of the melting wax sets the tone and atmosphere for the creative journey. Melanie creates texture and a weave of wax upon which to express the narrative of the work in mind. There could be up to 30 layers of wax laid down on the birch panel, whilst consciously choosing colours, tools and innovative techniques according to the image or impression being created. The colour is created from oil paint, dry pigment, oil pastels and sometimes shellac. It is easy to sense the embodiment of the ancient art of encaustic painting and to see the unique characteristics that only the wax can create.


These works depict the region of Snowdonia National Park using an ancient method from a contemporary art impression, with a fresh approach to abstract realism that truly evokes all the senses. The resulting works are not only reflections of the region inspired by the artist, they embody a part of the region through the use of the bees-wax. Melanie has turned the essences of the land itself into art through her impression and material.

BWTHYN COTTAGE - SOLD
PURPLE HAZE - SOLD
REMEMBERENCE - SOLD
Melanie Williams exhibition
Melanie Williams exhibition
Melanie Williams and me at the launch
Melanie Williams launch
Melanie Williams Launch
Melanie Williams Launch
Melanie Williams Launch
Melanie Williams Launch
Melanie Williams Launch
Melanie Williams exhibition
Melanie Williams launch
 

OCEAN & MOUNTAIN INSPIRED SEASONAL FAIR

15 November - 23 December 2018

This exhibition was a representation of local landscape by a group of local artists and crafters from around the region.

Makers included Cambrian Beach Guardian creating from ocean waste, Dylan Arnold (photography), Ian Phillips (printmaker), Janice Osbaldeston (Painting), Melanie Williams (Encaustic Painting), Nerys Rowse (printmaker), Peter Hedd Williams (Painter), Peter Mattinson (Painters), Sophia Ingham (Textiles), Tanya Hardman (Jewellery) and Valerie Land (Painting). The works all offered a great insight and flair of the region.

Cambrian beach guardians
Book launch by Jean Napier of Bardsey Island - Now and Then
Melanie Williams - Encaustic Painting
Nerys Rowse - Printmaker - Barmouth
Tanya Hardman - Pebble necklace
Jane Williams - Ceramics
 

IAN PHILLIPS

29 September - 4 November 2018

Ian Phillips is a Printmaker, living in Gwynedd. His work specializes in portraying the wild landscape and seascapes of Wales, with a current emphasis on Snowdonia and the North Wales coast. 


 In 2001 he moved to mid Wales to study the landscape and improve his relief printmaking technique.  Ian’s printing process today starts, as it always has done; with a walk and a sketchbook. He follows lonely trails over empty hills; through twisting forests tracks; or along cliff side paths; waiting for colour, pattern and texture to catch his eye. Ian is looking for a finished composition he can use standing out in the landscape. Once he finds the right place to stand and the right direction to look he starts drawing. Once back in the studio the work consists of scaling up the image to size, drawing it out and starting the cut.


The printing of a linocut is all about pattern. The image may start life as a scribble in a sketchbook but as work commences with linoleum, the process becomes all about gouging and cutting to make marks.  These marks then create a picture through the suggestions of the texture of rock, or the patterns of water for example. Ian builds up patterns and textures to create the feel, mood and atmosphere for the landscape of which he walked.

Turning Tide,  Woodcut - SOLD
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Sunshine and Seagulls - SOLD
Mist - SOLD
Exhibition Launch
Ian Phillips and me at the launch
Exhibition Launch
Sketches by Ian Phillips
Ian Phillips in his studio at Aberystwyth
Planning
 

VIDEO CLIP

Here is an amateur clip of the solo exhibition of works by Ian Phillips during his solo exhibition recorded in September 2018.

 

PETER HEDD WILLIAMS

30 August - 23 September 2018

Tŷ Meirion was pleased to represent Peter Hedd Williams, who is a local artist based in Penrhyndeudraeth. His paintings and drawings are greatly inspired from the views found here in Snowdonia National Park.


His work has truly captured the colour and energy of this dramatic landscape. From the rugged and dramatic beauty of the mountains to the equally magnificent and ever-changing coastline. Peter enjoys nothing more than immersing himself in Snowdonia’s splendour, which is majestically penetrated throughout his work.


Peter works mostly with oils and pencils on canvas and board.

View of the Powder House - Oil on board
CWM YSTRADLLYN
MOEL Y GEST VIEW
CWM YSTRADLLYN
PATH UP SNOWDEN
Exhibition Launch
Valerie Land, Wendy McKenzie and me during the exhibition launch
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Peter Hedd Williams' exhibition
Peter Hedd Williams' exhibition
Peter Hedd Williams and me at the grand opening of the gallery
 
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