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Waterfront Gallery Christmas Show

Holiday Closing: Open Tuesday to Saturday until 23 December when we close at 12.30pm until Wednesday 27th December when we're back to normal hours until 30 December closing at 12.30pm. We're then closed until Tuesday 23 January.

 

The Christmas Arts & Crafts Show now open at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Docks brings together over 40 different artists and craftworkers showing paintings in various media, styles and sizes, etchings, photography, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, woodwork and metal work.

International sculptor Ben Dearnley who's recently unveiled his latest commission for Cardigan Castle `the Sword of Peace`. (A collaboration with the longest serving national poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and twice crowned Bard Ceri Wyn Jones.) is exhibiting a new 27cms tall Bath Stone piece entitled "Speak" alongside Luke Kite's sculpted wildlife metalwork. And in complete contrast are Ruth Sargeant's small unusual delicate white porcelain pots.

Several new large detailed paintings in acrylic and gouache of the north Pembrokeshire hills and valleys by John Cahill's sit alongside Slade post graduate Ken Maycock's strong vibrantly coloured observational oil work from his Pembrokeshire home.

In contrast Tim Arthur has been painting close to the gallery with a canvas showing work in progress on a boat in the Milford Dry Docks. Tim pointed out "I like to capture the off-beat and quirky locations in Pembrokeshire, in particular boat-yards and estuary creeks neglected by holiday guide books "

Another national award- winner, photographer Paul Richards who's work speaks for itself explained "Winter light offers the best opportunities for capturing photographs with impact. For instance, barn owls hunting in a strong morning or evening light are moments you don't forget."

Solva photographer Heather Bennett is thinking about the coming" Year of the Sea" theme in Wales said "For me that's not just about waves on a beach but about the story of humanity's fascination with the medium of water and the ways it has interwoven with our lives." She's captured a new series of images (part of a larger body of work) depicting her relationship with boats, as she explained, "My belief is that they have a life cycle of their own, somehow separate from our needs of them.  When we finally leave them, they end their days rotting gently against the shore."

Also on show are water colours and mixed intaglio print work from Bryan Evans, coastal scenes from Cynthia Morgans Hurley and Sandra Phillips, new acrylic work from Ray Burnell and water colours from Graham Hadlow.

Master weaver Riitta Sinkonen Davies is echoing the seasonal changes in light and landscape with her throws, scarves and rugs including a large brightly coloured handwoven rug in in hand dyed wool on a linen warp. Felt Scarves, throws and bags by Joy Jenkins are also ready for the winter weather.

David Randell, the gallery director commented, "There's really something for everyone in this show and much more to see and much more than we've mentioned. We're delighted and proud to show our artists creativity in new work and keeping up such high standards."

The exhibition continues until 30 December and the gallery is open from 10.30am till 4.00pm Tuesday to Saturday, closed 12.30 till 1.30pm. See the website for holiday closures.

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