Saturday, 10 July 2010

Art At Rhosygilwen 2010

Art At Rhosygilwen is an Art and Craft Festival held each summer in the grounds and magnificant Oak Hall at Rhosygilwen Mansion near Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire. This year the festival expanded it's remit showing video and films and hosting talks and interviews with filmakers, a cinematographer, the King of Hay aka Richard Booth and the film critic and author John Russell Taylor. Tom Geens, director screened his feature film Liar and held a question and answer session afterwards. The wooden store shed was transformed into The Film Shed with plush drapes and cushioned seats showing a comprehensive programme of independent shorts from makers across Europe with the help of Kinofilm Festival of Manchester. The Oak Hall showed a range of paintings and sculpture selected from work submitted by West Wales based artists. The gardens provided a substantial backdrop to some intriguing sculptures and installations and the Craft Marquee likewise to some wonderful work. The weather was for the most sunny and glorious with a moment of high winds and rain on the Sunday morning which did have me biting my nails..well I had installed one of my 4 metre high willow foxes on the most exposed spot. All the organisers deserve to feel satisfied that they put together an event of warmth, depth, beauty and bite. I am really proud of what they managed to achieve and inspired too by what I experienced. Thanks to Glen and Brenda Peters too who are the most kind hosts.

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