This year instead of holding an auction at the end of the show we have turned it into a competition where there is a prize for the best in show as well as best student’s work. Judges, artists Grahame Hurd-Wood and Christine Kinsey were joined by curator Meg Anthony from Oriel Myrddin for the difficult job of choosing from over 60 exhibits.
The decisions made were as follows. 1st prize - an exhibition in Oriel Fach plus a professional portfolio went to Sian Jones. Roy Ayres was also awarded a professional portfolio as was the student prize that was awarded to James Howells from Carmarthen School of Art. There is also a prize of £200 for the ‘People’s Choice’ so please come and add your vote.
This has attracted artists from London and Bristol as well as established Pembrokeshire artists and students. From traditional well-crafted landscapes to vibrant abstract paintings, ceramics and sculpture, most media has been employed to offer an interesting collection of work.
On the stairs is a stunning collection of unusual photographs by James Devine entitled ‘Beyond Skin Deep’. James has used his geological training to explore the hidden beauty of form and colour that exists in nature, in particular in the rocks that make up Preseli Bluestones. Through the use of a microscope he has found the amazing abstract patterns and colours from which he has created stunning photographic images in acrylic.
The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm during July. All welcome to attend!