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Try Something New: Thoughtful Printmaking

April 10th, 2019

Sky monoprint

A time and space just to be yourself is so important, whether it’s a five minute break, an evening or a weekend – it all adds up to feeling a little more human and a lot more yourself.

Something I find particularly fortifying is the process of printmaking and in particular mono print, which, with or without artistic training, you can produce the most delightful prints within a very short time.
The landscape is endlessly fascinating and botanical forms have increasingly surfaced in my art recently, which may be influenced by the setting of my market garden studio, and I find mono printing is an excellent way to more closely observe what plants thrive here.
My art is rooted in words; I explore both the expansive and reductive nature of words and the writing originating from particular places.  Since moving into the area a few years ago I noticed just how many talented artists and writers live here and this got me thinking – wouldn’t it be great to get to know and potentially collaborate with a few more?  So, I’m leading a Writer & Artist Speed Dating evening during the Abergavenny Writing Festival on 11 April, do mention it to both emerging and established artists and writers you know, it’s going to be a great opportunity to build relationships and strengthen your network.

Through my exploration of writing, botanical forms have surfaced and I’ve been mono printing to more closely observe the plants that thrive here.   I find this process particularly mindful and rewarding and so I am sharing my experience and love of printing by running floral mono printing workshops at  Abergavenny Community Centre.  There are 8 places at each workshop, which book up quickly and so far we’ve printed snowdrops and honesty. Upcoming workshops appear on my website homepage

Catherine Wynne-Paton

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September 1st, 2017

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Tower Gallery showing Michael Howard

August 8th, 2017

The Tower Gallery in Crickhowell is rapidly building a reputation for showing exciting, first rate Welsh Art. The latest exhibition from this local Art Co-operative is a one person show featuring Michael Howard; a Brecon artist who seems obsessed with the hills and fields that surround his home in Trallong. His colourful landscapes in oil […]

Learn to Weave

January 3rd, 2017

…with The Crickhowell Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers With a growing number of members  The Crickhowell Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers  is a  vibrant Guild, promoting the crafts and offering beginners weaving and spinning courses. The Guild meets every Thursday between 10am and 3.30pm at the Arts Alive Centre in Crickhowell and has […]

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PORTFOLIO: A summer project for artists of the future

June 8th, 2016

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Crickhowell Open Art Competition: A Creative Opportunity For All

March 8th, 2016

Gwyn and Angie Dix whose collaborative entry was popular with visitors during the course of the weekend

The Oriel CRiC Gallery has for the past eight years been the driving force behind the popular annual Crickhowell Open Studio weekend and is once again running an Open Art Competition to coincide with the event.  The competition afforded the gallery the opportunity in 2014 and 2015 to  mount an exciting exhibition of selected work […]

Our December front Cover: ‘A Light To Reveal’

December 4th, 2015

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