Crisp autumn days are beckoning many a walker to explore and enjoy the magnificent mountains, valleys and expansive moorland that the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains have to offer.  It is the sense of light and space in the landscape, with the changing seasons and atmosphere relished by walkers,  that provides inspiration to artists. Ali Edgson a previous winner of the Crickhowell Open Art competition successfully captures  vibrancy and freshness in her evocative paintings which are a wonderful addition to the Oriel CRiC Gallery autumn exhibition.

New work by Tim Rossiter similarly tells the story of his inspiration. He says of one of his new paintings, “Walking by the Usk one day, I came across a lovely heron's feather, and it struck me that it was the colour of a dark rain bearing cloud. These combined as images in my mind to give rise to Storm Heron, and I made the lightening extra yellow to speak to the yellow and grey of the heron.” The many admirers of Tim’s paintings will be delighted by these new works. 

The gallery is pleased to represent Paul Rickard, winner of Open Art Printmakers prize with a collection of prints. A degree of simplification and abstraction is present in the majority of Paul’s work paying homage to  mid-20th century graphic and commercial art – items such as travel posters, advertising and book illustration. As is  the tradition of the gallery, this is an exhibition that lifts the spirit of anyone who visits the beautiful space showcasing ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewellery alongside paintings and prints.