The Powerhouse Art Gallery in Llandysul is holding its Summer Exhibition from Sunday 31st July until Wednesday 31st August, which is part of the Ceredigion Art Trail. The Powerhouse building was bought back into community use by a committed group of volunteers and is now a premier West Wales gallery. This year there is in excess of 110 exhibits by 59 artists. The gallery is situated above the river Teifi with a balcony that provides a relaxing area to reflect and consider the gallery art and to watch the canoeists.
During one of my invigilating stints I found the time to take a few photos and write some blogging text between showing visitors around the gallery.
Whenever I have the opportunity I like to engage an artist to discuss his or her work and it was great to listen to Petra talk about one of her exhibits; Elsa’s Bird. Petra described how, in her youth, she formed relationships with birds and how important it is for her to tell stories through her paintings. Likewise, Lynda’s painting, entitled The Path is her interpretation of the departure of “inner demons”. I note however, that the last wolf is having a final look backwards at the viewer.
Suzanne is a stalwart member of the Powerhouse volunteer group and has two photo-images entitled Colours 1 & 2 displayed. Suzanne is a fellow BA photography student who is now on her final year at CSG Carmarthen.
I was struck by the portrait painting, Cornerstone, by Phoebe, I found the juxtaposition of the empty chair made a profound comment on the text accompanying the painting – ‘I just want to be reunited with them’. Bev’s plaster and scrim sculpture, entitled Lynx, makes an impressive statement in the gallery, it seems very tactile and encourages one to stroke it. Rosemary’s glazed ceramic stoneware, entitled Rhosyn, has a wonderful sombre appearance and invites us to engage with her and perhaps consider what she is thinking of.
I am pleased to be associated with the Powerhouse Art Gallery and I’m honoured that my triptych, Thais, has been displayed.