Helfa Gelf

This is the third and final weekend of Helfa Gelf the Open Studios Art Trail in North Wales. I haven’t been able to do much studio visiting myself apart from going to Sonia Benskin-Mescher’s opening event  with Barry (BadgeMakesArt) on the very first Friday 10th September. Sonja’s studio, garden and house set behind the ancient church in the tiny village of Llanelltyd near Dolgellau is as stunning as her painting. It was a long wet misty drive from the coast down through Gwynedd but well worth every mile of the journey.Then Wayne Clark fired a minigama dragon kiln in his garden on Saturday 18th after the end of the Helfa Gelf day at 5pm so I got to see Wayne’s fabulous display of woodfired ceramics and work by his wife Jo who is a printmaker and illustrator working in batik, linocut and scraperboard. If you ever thought scraperboard was for hobby artists and kids then check out what Jo produces with these humble materials.

On the page What’s New-Mixed media, papercut, cyanotypes I have posted three pictures of the installation ‘Counting Magpies’ which is currently on show at Oriel Scala for Helfa Gelf Open Studios.

All the artists involved in Helfa Gelf desperately want to get out and visit other artists’ studios but of course we are all on duty over the period. Tomorrow I have a free day and as it is my very last chance I am determined to get around as many studios as I can.


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