Lyn Alderson

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Shropshire Hills Art Week- get inspired at the Art Cafe!

Local artists will be showcasing their work at the Art Café in the Secret Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, during the first ever Shropshire Hills Art Week.

Elizabeth Moss, whose work will be at the Art Café in the Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, as part of Shropshire Hills Art Week

Elizabeth Moss, whose work will be at the Art Café in the Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, as part of Shropshire Hills Art Week

They will be among 40 artists taking part in the nine day long art extravaganza, which runs from 31 May until June 8.

The Art Cafe will be open to visitors from 10 am until 5pm each day (except for Monday June 2) and admission is free. All of the work on display will be available to buy.

Participating artists include painters, sculptors, printmakers, textile artists, photographers and illustrators.

The Secret Hills Art Café Group has been meeting at the Discovery Centre in Craven Arms since 2004. The group is involved in collaborative arts activities and also aims to bring art to a wider audience. It is one of a number of groups taking part in SHAW, and other individual artists are showing work in their own studios.

Lesley McKnight, Art Café Co-ordinator, said: “the Art Café artists are delighted to be part of the first SHAW art trail.

“We see it as an important showcase for the wealth of creative talent in this part of Shropshire, which has tended to be overlooked”.

SHAW Director, Jules McRobbie, said that she hoped that Shropshire Hills Art Week’s focus on landscape and wildlife would encourage visitors to really look at their surroundings as they go around the venues and talk to artists.

“This is a glorious area, with many unique landscapes providing a constant inspiration to the artists who live and work here. The many different media used, and the variety and breadth of artwork you will see during the week, reflects this.”

One of the artists taking part, Onibury-based painter Elizabeth Moss, said: “Having recently moved here from Aberdeenshire where I exhibited with the North East Open Studios for several years, I am now delighted to be involved with the Shropshire Hills Art Week which I hope will be the first of many Open Studio events in the area”.

Other studios and venues are participating in the nine day event, including Ludlow artist Susie Church (open studio by appointment), and joint exhibitions at Footprints and Hearts in Ludlow and Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan.

For more information on all of the artists taking part, and the art trail, visit where you can download an arts trail leaflet.

Nicola Haigh's owl embroidery for Shropshire Hills Art Week

Stunning owl embroidery by Nicola Haigh for Shropshire Hills Art Week



This press release was published in the South Shropshire Journal on May 30, 2014.

Aberdyfi artists cook up a feast

 Press release for Sarah Nickless, Aberdyfi artist.

Landscape artist Sarah Nickless with one of her paintings

Landscape artist Sarah Nickless with one of her paintings as she prepares for her next exhibition in Aberdyfi

Local artists are cooking up a feast for the eyes and showcasing their work in a large kitchen in Aberdyfi.

The exhibition has two aims- to display the work of local part-time artists, and to celebrate the beautiful landscape of Aberdyfi and the surrounding area. The show will feature an interesting array of styles and materials, and admission is free of charge.

Landscape painters will exhibit alongside textile artists, and there will be a display of paintings, cards, T-shirts, jewellery and furniture.

The five day long event will feature the work of seven artists from diverse backgrounds and will be staged from 6pm on Thursday, April 17. The show will then run from 10am- 4pm from Friday 18 until Monday 21 (inclusive) at 4 Hafan Dyfi, off Copperhill Street.

Different styles

“Every artist is very different in style, material choice, and age”, said organiser Sarah Nickless, an Aberdyfi-based landscape artist.

“I will be exhibiting oil and acrylic paintings, and observational sketches based on the landscape around Aberdyfi, and my mum Angie Nickless will showcase her abstract paintings which are based on home life.

“Joel Taylor has just joined the Aberdyfi community and he will be displaying graphic illustrations with a folk art theme. Gill Bailey is very well established and creates seaside-inspired jewellery, while Ian Hughes is an illustrator and portrait artist.

“We also have a Polish surf artist joining us, Jakub Batycki, who is based in Aberystwyth”,  said Sarah.

“This event will demonstrate that we are a very arty community and we hope lots of people will come and see our work, and enjoy a lovely day out in Aberdyfi.”

This press release was published in the Cambrian News on March 28th, 2014.