Workshop: Broaden Your Approach To Painting

Our next workshop will be on Monday 26th February 2018 at Llanelltyd Village Hall, starting at 10:30am, and finishing at about 4pm. The cost for members will be £10 and £12 for non-members. The tutor will be Chris Pugh.

The workshop will involve participants creating art works using different tools such as business cards, sticks and string etc. as well as the more conventional approaches of brushes and knives. You should bring media and supports of your choice together with anything you would like to apply it with. Also bring a subject to draw (2D or 3D). Chris will also bring a subject-matter and tools for applying paint. He will demonstrate and provide guidance during the session.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

Use the contact form for more information or to book your place.

November Workshop: Ceramics – Creations In Clay

The workshop was held on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at Llanelltyd Village Hall. The workshop was tutored by Sue Barnes.

Sue gave a short introduction about clay, firing and glazing. Three different types of clay were available, for making different types of pots. Sue explained the differences between each of the different types and how they were fired and glazed.

Most of the day was spent fashioning pots from our chosen type of clay – or pots from each type if that took your fancy. One of the types of clay was air drying clay, which could be painted with acrylic paint, if you wanted to complete it without having to wait for the firing process.

At the end of the day there was an amazing variety of pots, sculptures, buttons and flowers – as you can see from the pictures (courtesy of Ian Roberts) below. For those who wanted their creations to be fired in the kiln – we await a follow-up session to glaze and fire our creations.

I think it fair to say that the day was greatly enjoyed by all.


Rhinogydd: Ancient Routes and Old Roads

Photography and Text by Jean Napier MA ARPS

Jean’s fifth book entitled “Rhinogydd – Ancient Routes and Old Roads” has just been published and she will be giving a series of talks and book signing at a variety of places. The book has evolved from Jean’s project for her recent Masters in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University and is full of text on the history of the Rhinogydd written after months of intensive research and contains dozens of Jean’s photographs.

“I have been exploring the county of Meirionnydd for many years and find the varied landscape endlessly fascinating and one particular area, the Rhinogydd mountains and surrounding high moorland, is especially captivating and full of the remains of human habitation that date back centuries.”

Dates and places for Book signings:

6.00pm            16 November – Draig Dipsy Dragon Gallery – Dolgellau
7.00pm            22 November – A Likely Story Bookshop – Tywyn
6.30 pm           23 November – Pen’rallt Bookshop – Machynlleth
2.00pm            24 November – Artworks Gallery – Aberdyfi
7.00pm            25 November – Hamdden Ardudwy Leisure – Harlech

Book Price £5.95

Contact Jean on 0771 8228 791 or

Jean Napier

Jean Napier was born in East London, but has lived in the Snowdonia National Park since 1991 and the magnificent scenery of the Park is the main inspiration for her photography. Man’s influences on the landscape of North Wales through the ages are a recurring theme in her exhibitions and photography books. Her first book Rhosydd A Personal View – Golwg Bersonol (bilingual Welsh/English) depicts the remains of an old slate quarry in northern Wales with historical text. This was followed by three books that explore nine North Wales rivers from their source to the sea with photographs by Jean and text by Alun Richards.
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The Old Ways – A Journey through the Rhinogydd Mountains

Join local Photographer and Author Jean Napier MA for a visual journey through this wild part of Meirionnydd. She will present an illustrated talk and short film produced as part of her Masters featuring the life of the drovers and gold miners among other tales.

Her fifth book entitled “Rhinogydd – Ancient Routes and Old Roads” has just been published and will be available for sale.

Ceredigion Museum – Aberystwyth

Friday 1 December 7.30pm
Admission £5

Jean Napier MA ARPS

Rhinogydd: Ancient Routes and Old Roads

One of our members, Jean Napier, has a new book being published on 15 November.

The Rhinogydd mountains are littered with the remains of human habitation that date back centuries. This little book gives you a taste of the drovers’ routes, old coaching roads, derelict gold mines and ancient tombs that still exist in this magnificent landscape.

Jean has explored this wild upland of Meirionnydd extensively over many years. Her passion for this unique land is evident in every photograph taken and word written.

Art Show 2017

The judges for the competition theme ‘Last Light’, Nick and Kate Coldham artist and proprietors of ArtWorks, Aberdyfi. The winner is ‘Last Light’ by Glenys Lawson’. Highly commended goes to ‘Mawddach Sunset’ by Huw Lewis-Jones, ‘Llyn Peninsula’ by Jean Napier and ‘Purple Reverie’ by Valerie Land.


The People’s Choice winner is Ken Bridges with his work ‘Rain Clearing the Rhinogs’.

A few snapshots at today’s preview. Head spinning busy and lots of smiles.

Some of the hanging team looking cool and one of the team playing peek a boo.