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September 2019

Magical Flower Carpet Throughout August and September. Inspired by the gallery exhibitions, each school has created a ‘plot’ with plants, flowers, weeds, insects and whatever else you might find in a magic garden. Using colourful textiles and recycled materials all the pupils involved in the project have made their own pieces to be added to each plot to create a collaborative whimsical carpet. Studio 5, Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Pensychnant Wildlife Art Exhibition Until 29th September. Exhibition of originals, prints and photographs in various styles and media, works by Philip Snow, Julie Horner, Liz Bolloten, Betty Mills, Angela Rigby-Doble, Emma and Steve Stansfield, Ian Wright, Paula Salmons, Chris Slinn, Bee Williams, John and Tracy Langley and Barbara Winrow. If anyone else wishes to exhibit please contact Julian. Pensychnant Centre, Conwy. Julian 01492 592595, julian.pensychnant@btinternet.com

Elisabetta Benassi ~ Empire Until 27th October. An installation of terracotta bricks, hand-crafted in the UK from clay ranging in colour from red to black. The bricks are configured as a site-specific installation – the size, shape and appearance of each installation determined by its relationship to the setting; self-supporting structures assembled without mortar and in an intrinsically stable conformation. The work addresses the crux of the relationship between ancient spaces, archaeological heritage and the contemporary museum. Mostyn, Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Solo Exhibitions: Beth Fletcher, David Lloyd Griffith & Helen Gittins Until 11th September. Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst LL26 0PT 01492 642070, welshart.net

Crossing Beaches ~ Croesi Traethau Until 19th January 2020. The Sian and Ken Owen Art Collection featuring over 80 paintings of Wales’ foremost artists. Oriel Kyffin Wiliams, Llangefni, Anglesey 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

Charles Tunnicliffe – The Commercial Artist Until 1st September. Showcasing the artist’s role as a creator of timeless and evocative images, and presents original artwork from both public and private collections. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ, 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Mostyn Open 21 Until 27th October. Disciplines including textiles, photography, painting, sculpture, installation and film and video. Over 30 artists display their work for the Main Mostyn Award (which went to Sarah Entwhistle). Mostyn, Vaughan St., Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Quarry Women ~ Merched Chwarel Until 7th September. A collaborative exploration of who we are – the quarry women of past, present and future. Storiel, Bangor 01248 353368, storiel.cymru

Julie Roberts ~ Views of The West Until 21st October. “I mainly work in watercolour, but have a love for acrylics too, the landscape of my locality lends itself to both mediums, my favourite subjects are buildings, trees and the sea”. Oriel Mon, Anglesey LL77 7TQ, 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

NW Potters ~ Maker of the Month is Ceramicist Phil Mumford 1 High St., Conwy LL32 8DB, 01492 593590, northwalespotters.org

Ann Bridges ~ The Welcome Until 29th September. Inspired by her travels to India, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand, Ann Bridges fills her sketchbooks with colourful observational drawings of textiles, food, flowers, animals, objects and moments in time. These visual diaries are then developed into beautiful print-based images. Mostyn, Vaughan St., Llandudno 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Rachel Porter ~ Small Worlds Until 29th September. Rachel Porter has been inspired by the small worlds that surround in this, her first solo exhibition. In delicate watercolours Rachel draws our attention to the common plants at her feet as well as the insects and birds that create the special habitats of Pen Llŷn and Enlli. Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, LL53 7TT, 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Llonau-U / U-Boat Until 5th January 2020. The U-boat project 1914 – 18 is using the latest underwater imaging techniques to reveal wrecks from the Great War and support communities to seek out previously untold stories about their ancestor’s experiences. Some community stories are displayed alongside the underwater exploration results. Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Stiwdio Gelf Until 1st September. Jenny Holland. Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Kieran Lyons ~ Drawings 31st August – 12th October. The pencil drawings in this show span the period 2012-2019. Theatr Clwyd, Mold 01352 344101, theatrclwyd.com ~ keiranlyons.uk

Summer Arts Expo – The Flora & Fauna of Snowdonia Until 15th September. A mix of over twenty artists and crafters using a range of mediums and styles that celebrate the diversity of the landscape in Snowdonia. Opening times: Tues & Thurs, 10am – 5pm and Sun 11.30am – 4.30pm. Oriel Ty Meirion, Y Brief Heol, Dyffryn Ardudwy, LL44 2DH. More information at tymeirion.co.uk

Ben Porter ~ Sail Against Plastic Until 29th September. In 2018 Ben Porter was part of a collaborative sailing expedition investigating and unveiling invisible pollution in the Arctic ocean. The diverse student group on the trip comprised of passionate scientists, environmentalists, photographers, artists and videographers brought together through a shared love of the ocean and desire to protect the natural world. They utilised their collective skills to raise awareness of the hidden threats our oceans are facing. Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, LL53 7TT, 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Y Wall by Dan Pritchard Until 6th September. Focusing on the consumption of television and film as well as cultural stereotypes, the work often combines mundane cultural events and absurd occurrences in order to balance the opposing forces of solemnity and humour. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

Brink ~ Ar Drothwy 28th September – 3rd November. Exploring the evolving relationship between art and modern technology, artists Jess Bugler, Ruth Cousins, Sarah Holyfield and Matthew Day, embrace this digital context within their work to question the nature of our modern world. Art Gallery, Oriel Gelf, Llangefni LL77 7TQ. 01248 724444, oriel@ynysmon.gov.uk

Aelwyd ~ Towards a Contemporary Welsh Interior Until 13th October. Aelwyd – Welsh for Hearth, synonymous with home. Through their material, making, story or use, the objects in this exhibition explore a deep-rooted sense of belonging and home. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

In-sight 17 Helfa Gelf Artists Until 29th September. A new collection of work by artists from North Wales upstairs at MOSTYN, in partnership with Helfa Gelf Art Trail. Catherine Bailey / Elizabeth Bolloten / Jenny Ford / Eleri Jones / Nerys Jones. Open Tues – Sun, 10.30am – 5pm. Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 1AB, 01492 879201, mostyn.org

Mouse Festival Until 1st September. Volunteers and community groups from the Church have created a series of quirky installations featuring over 400 colourful knitted and crocheted mice, depicting various scenes from life within the Parish Church. Open 10am – 4pm, free. St Giles Parish Church, Wrexham LL13 8LS, 01978 355808.

Sian McGill Until 22nd September. A collection of work inspired by the beauty and drama of the Welsh Landscape, the coastal paths and mountain tracks where I feel at home. The paintings are an extreme of my love fort these places; an attempt to capture something of their energy and life, how it feels to be there in the moment. Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey 01248 724444, kyffinwilliams.info

Summer Exhibition ~ Over 100 artists Until 29th September. A full and exciting collection of every medium you could imagine! Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, LL53 7TT, 01758 740763, oriel.org.uk

Basketry ~ Function & Ornament Until 13th October. This exhibition looks at current practice of some thirty makers from throughout the UK. It brings together functional vernacular work from various parts of the country, alongside pieces that are sculptural and ornamental. Ruthin Craft Centre 01824 704774, ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

Ground and Unbound ~ Catherine Taylor Parry Until 6th September. Ground is Catherine’s paintings of  ethereal glimpses of the Welsh mountains, lakes, beaches and fields filled with abstract strokes of poetry, atmosphere and memory. Unbound is an experimental film. Catherine imagines what it would be like to be unbound – foreseeing how her wheelchair would grow wings and soar into a blue sky, gliding above Moel Famau. Galeri, Caernarfon 01286 685222, galericaernarfon.com

137th Summer Exhibition Until 7th September. A diverse show, with something for everyone – from traditional watercolours to avant garde sculpture, cutting edge photography, reduction linocut, oil painting and pastels – all work for sale. Open Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm. RCA Conwy, Crown Lane LL32 8AN, 01492 593413, rcaconwy.org

Malcolm McLean Throughout September. Open Mon- Sat 10am – 4pm; Sun 10am – 2pm. Oriel Ger – y – Fenai, Holyhead Rd., Llanfairpwll, LL65 5YQ, 01248 541143, orielgeryfenai.co.uk