Artists Hugging the Hillfort (AHH!) At the Willow Gallery Oswestry from April 23rd

Artists Hugging the Hillfort

Exhibition at The Willow Gallery Oswestry

23rd April-21st May


A fantastic celebration, through art, by artists – including children – in and around Oswestry, of one of Britain’s most important and best preserved Iron Age Hillforts – the ‘Stonehenge of the Iron Age’ and ‘Maiden Castle of the North’ – a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The opening event includes a talk by artist & archaeologist John G. Swogger and a raffle to raise funds to preserve the fort, including a decorated hillfort cake by Lindsay, jewellery by Graham Mitchell, prints by Gill Crozier and Diana Baur and other exciting items.

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AHH!!!!! Artist Hugging Old Oswestry Hillfort February 2016!!!

ps258083_l In the British Museum there is a model of an Iron Age Horses Head. If you visit the Old Oswestry Hillfort via the West entrance and climb up the path and are ready for a rest, you will come upon Frank Trigg’s carved wooden bench, based upon this horses head.


The setting of the hillfort is being threatened with a housing development. On February 14th 2015 people gathered to show their concern to protect the fort:-

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Ellesmere College Annual Art Show!

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Many BVA members will be showing at this short but exciting show – Do come along and have a look, and as you enter the grounds don’t miss Ben Broadbent’s magnificent 3D Raven with a golden ring (the college emblem) and Judy Greaves’s “Seat of Learning” stone sculpture.

A festive gathering!

A number of BVA members attended a festive gathering of artists at The Hand in Llanarmon last thursday 11th December.We congratulated Wilf on his birthday, but we all missed Mo who lost her dear partner Larry in October. He will be remembered for his lovely smile and cheerful outlook and his poetry contributions to the group. We look forward to seeing Mo again as the Spring of 2015 approaches.

After the meal a number of us visited two studios – Diana’s and John Swogger’s and were treated to a tour of John and Freja’s newly and stunningly converted chapel.crop1 20141211_131137 crop3 IMG_5326

Inside Out plus BVA Mince Pie Meeting!

All welcome to come along on Thursday 11th December to Diana’s studio in Llanarmon DC followed by John Swogger’s new studio in his recently converted chapel across the stream.

Some of us are starting the afternoon with a bowl of soup down at The Hand in Llanarmon – 12.30-1.0 ish, the meeting will start at about 2.0pm at Diana’s and then over to John’s for tea and mince pies and a tour!

Please let Diana know numbers, and also if you would like to start with a light lunch in The Hand, please advise by 1st December so a table/s can be booked.

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December Exhibition at Rhyl Library!

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Four ex-Applied Artists from Glyndwr University all working in different media are showing their latest work at this gallery in North Wales.
Judy Pemberton works with clay,
Sara Piper-Heap is a jeweller often including felts and wools,
Sian B Jones can turn her hand to work with many media but has picked up her needles.
Chrissie Smith still enjoys the challenge of painting with Glass and is interpreting her birdlife sketches.

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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17th 2014 – 10.30am to 3.0pm

You are invited to a Painting Day at the beautiful picturesque Gardens of Plas Newydd, home for 50 years of the famous Ladies of Llangollen.

Meet outside the café courtyard at 10.30am and at 10.45am there  will be a tour of the Gardens and in particular a look at the watercolour paintings of the Dell done by Lady Leighton (Mary Parker) proposed to be one of the best amateur watercolour artists of the time.  The rest of the day will  be free for you to sketch/paint as you choose (bring your own materials etc.) and mix with other artists.

The story of the Ladies and the house is fascinating and if you wish to take a tour of the house while you are here there will be a special 10% discount off  the price:-

        Adults                                From £5.50    to    £4.95        

        Seniors/Concessions                From £4.50    to    £4.05

If you do not have time on the day but would like to come back another day a voucher can be issued offering the same discount for the house.

There is a good café on site with homecooked food  -   lunches, cakes and afternoon teas etc.  or you can bring your own picnic.

If you are interested in coming for the day please contact Sue Hall/Kevin Pennington between 10.00am & 5.00pm (except Tuesdays) on  01978 862834 or reply by e-mail.

Best wishes

Sue Hall (Plas Newydd)



Ruthin Craft Centre – some good things going on there!

Laura Ellen Bacon, Inundation.

An immersive, abstract installation in willow, especially devised for Ruthin Craft Centre.

Stand in the midst of a huge, flowing mass of swelling forms, ripples and surges. Smell the enduring scent of the natural material; watch the shadows describe new waves upon the walls. Material pours in, to the point where the space is full, responding both to the existing architecture and to the flow of visitors.

Using the precise language of a highly particular making skill to engulf the gallery, Laura Ellen Bacon manipulates and ties thousands of rods of willow, their inherent tension tethered by knotting, their potential for spring and movement still apparent. Mass is created by multiple human-scale gestures, a new architectural structure in a natural material.

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Laura Ellen Bacon in Conversation

with Sara RobertsThursday 28 August2.00pmFREE, please call to book a place

Can the process of making reflect other processes? With her new work for Ruthin Craft Centre, Inundation, Laura Ellen Bacon has drawn parallels between the immersive techniques of producing her immense installations and the power and volume of flood waters. The work reflects upon recent history of extremes of flooding: both in North Wales and in the Somerset Levels where the willow for this work was grown. Laura will speak about the issues involved in making site-specific installations on this scale, of the techniques used and on her past work for sites such as historic houses.

To book your place,
Call 01824 704774.

Great day for four artists at Bargain Hunt!

BH 2 finalMyk Briggs, Diana Baur, Alison Holt and Jas Davidson enjoyed completing their second day of filming for BBC Bargain Hunt yesterday with Jas and Diana in the red team  just beating Myk and Alison in the Blue team by  £27!! All four artists are part of a series of themed Bargain Hunt programmes starting in the Autumn. Myk’s and Tim Wonnacott share an interest in ear trumpets and Tim brought along some of his collection for all to see. Many thanks to all the BBC staff who helped make it all a very memorable occasion! (the date of the programme is likely to be in the autumn, possibly in September, so watch this space)

Gorgeous jewellery and Fun sculptures? Look no further than Cambrian Studios this weekend 14/15 June!

P1180581Sarah Piper Heap will be showing work at Cambrian Studios this weekend. AND it’s a FIVE for ONE deal, because you can also see work from Bob Knowles, John Shakell, Angela Arnold and Judy Gough as well!

Just behind Sainsbury’s – it’ll lift your spirits after shopping! 10.0-5.0 both days and the following weekend. See you there!


photograph by Dawn Field

OPEN STUDIOS STARTS NEXT WEEKEND!! 14/15 June – Have you downloaded the map?

P1180610Tony Meadows P1190563 Graham Mitchell P1190374 and Jas Davidson will be showing their work in their studios. Graham takes stunning photographs and makes equally stunning jewellery, Jas is a figurative sculptor – you may have seen his large works around Oswestry, and Tony mades beautiful body castings. On Wednesday 18th June both Jas and Tony will be running a workshop on Life Casting at The Willow Gallery in Oswestry. For more details contact the gallery on 01691 657575

photographs courtesy of Dawn Field

NEXT WEEKEND is the first weekend of OPEN STUDIOS! See you there!

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Next weekend Judy Greaves, Diana Baur and Jacqui Dodds will be sharing Judy’s studio at Bronygarth. Judy’s garden is full of beautiful sculptures and she will probably be chipping away at her latest work, Jacqui is likely to be working on some of her prints, and her lovely cards will be available, and Diana may well be carding sheep’s fleece for her M.A. installation, but whatever they are doing you are more than welcome to come along, have a cuppa, browse around and take a walk through Judy’s wonderful garden. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Alison Holt, textile artist demonstrating machine embroidery skills in The Willow Gallery!

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Alison has just finished her 21st year of successful showing and selling at The Chelsea Flower show. As well as creating beautiful finely stitched paintings, Alison teaches these skills and holds regular workshops. Today, Wednesday 4th June Alison was demonstrating Freehand Machine Embroidery to many interested admirers in the Willow Gallery Oswestry.

This was one of a number of events the BVA are holding this year. For more details see this year’s Hands On Art events on the Open Studios Poster on the website, and on leaflets around the town of Oswestry and in The Willow Gallery.

The next event in The Willow Gallery is  Collaborative Painting is on Saturday 7th June with Jood Gough. See you there!

Rachael Montgomery shedding stunning coloured light on artists at The Willow Gallery, Oswestry!

IMG_3966 Yesterday artists met in The Willow Gallery to hear about Rachael Montgomery’s art journey and see some of her work. Rachael enthused us with the emotional power of her work and we all felt very inspired. We were able to look at some of the other BVA works currently on display. A huge thank you to Rachael and the Gallery and the tea shop for a lovely afternoon.IMG_3993 IMG_3948 IMG_3983 IMG_3985 IMG_3984 and a thank you to Geoff Armitage for taking the photographs, working against time on a low battery!


Open Studios 2014 – The launch of the group show at The Willow Gallery in Oswestry!

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The launch of BVA Open Studios was a great success at The Willow Gallery 30 May. The gallery is exhibiting an interesting show by the members with varied art forms including painting, sculpture, glass and copper enamel.

The show will run until the end of Open Studios. The Willow Gallery, Willow St, Oswestry, is

open each day with a wonderful cafe.Jan Willow Frank willow Jas willow pic


In The Willow Gallery and in artists studios, there are several artists giving demonstrations and workshops throughout Open Studios.

We look forward to meeting you!



Thank you to Emily and Huw from the Advertiser for these great entries!


Two stunning Borderland Visual Arts artists – Angela Scott, visited recently by the Inside Out Art group and Janie McLeod who has been showing


work in the Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno, and is putting the finishing touches to a superb painting – you must see it! Visit both studios


in June 14/15 and 21/22 open from 10.0-5.0. Details on the BVA leaflet, and opening night of the group show at the Willow Gallery this


Friday 30th May.


A short listing for the Royal Academy Summer Show!!

Jacqui Dodds

makes super prints-

Her blind embossing works are superb, and

Jacqui is regularly invited to show her work in a number of prestigious galleries.

This year Jacqui’s work was short listed for the well known

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show.

Thousands of artists enter,

so a short listing is a huge achievement, and the Academy have asked her to apply again next year.

We don’t think they are the only people

who love her work.

It encompasses- minimalism, peacefulness, fine craftsmanship, and a stillness, pattern and

strength of statement that is so restful compared to

the rush and tear, multi-coloured glitz and glamour and virtual world of modern life.


will be taking part in the Open Studios event in June this year.

She will be showing work at Bronygarth Studio with Judy Greaves and Diana Baur.

Open Studio Leaflets are available

in most outlets in Oswestry and the surrounding area, and you can find out more on our website:

the group website:

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Our first blog post!

Last night at the May meeting Diana suggested that the BVA website had a blog onto which members could post  wonderful happenings, or, if unable so to do, could email them to Diana and she would post them up. Well Myk has done the first part of this work and this is the trial blog.

Open Studios 2014 is coming up soon and our group show will be in the Willow Gallery again.

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