‘A gift made and given to me on the opening night of the Chapel by my lovely daughter – thanks Edla, so appreciated… and thank you so much to Clive Hicks-Jenkins, what an unexpected delightful gift, a limited edition print from ‘The Mare’s Tale’ published by The Old Stile Press.’ Pauline
At long last the renovation programme is complete and we are now open downstairs at the Chapel.
Come down to our secret, wild, wonderful garden where the sun can shine all day. From here you can enter into the lower ground floor, our everyday trading space, open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Here you’ll find old cabinets of ceramics and jewellery. There are books and magazines not widely seen, all to inspire, delight and nourish. There is also a small, delightful children’s corner.
From our kitchen eat simple, delicious food (breakfast and lunch) made everyday from our well stocked Chapel larder. There is good coffee and wine from a small French family owned vineyard.
…plus free wifi and wheelchair access.
Upstairs in the Chapel is a venue for regular workshops, events and performances and this space is available for hire.
We’ll keep you posted…
Take a Clementina Van Der Walt handled bowl, personalise with some very early spring flowers out of your garden or hedgerow e.g. a primula, celandine or fritillary (snake’s head). Ribbon and label.
An early leader and preacher of Christianity, It is safe to say that St David’s life has with time, slipped into mythology, treading the boundary between the factual and the apocryphal. What we are left with are stories and fragments, some realistic and some supernatural of the remarkable life of a remarkable man, and fitting Patron Saint.
From founding a monastic community, Glyn Rhosyn (Rose Vale), where St David’s Cathedral now stands today, to raising the earth into a hill as he preached so that the all in the crowd that formed could hear (something Wales clearly needs more of..) and bringing a youth back from the dead, St David was an incredibly influential member of the Church rising up to become Archbishop of Wales.
He existed on a humble diet of bread and herbs and water (it is reported that he drunk no other drink) and this treated him well because the stories state that he lived until the ripe age of 100. Upon his deathbed his last words were; ‘Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.’
So lets celebrate this unique and fascinating figure in the history of Wales and remember to ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’, ‘Do ye the little things in life’.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus (Happy St David’s Day) from The Art Shop.
We have set up a Print Room as part of our current exhibition ‘An Anthology of Work by Painters & Printmakers’. Many artists, particularly painters are also printmakers. There often seems to be a natural progression. The work in this show is primarily by painters who have regularly exhibited at The Art Shop. They often produce innovative and exciting printmaking too.
Framed and unframed limited edition Lino, wood block, wood engraving, collograph & silkscreen prints are available. You can select an unframed edition and use our framing service, with a wide range of mouldings, mounts and prices.
The late William Brown – the painter of the iconic bear, whose paintings and drawings we have been fortunate to exhibit. Here is the work of an extraordinary, playful, powerful and inventive printmaker, working in lino block, wood block and silkscreen. He originally started printmaking for his friends (poets and writers). These blocks and silk screens are now with his printmaker, Pete Williams, in Cardiff who is producing runs of William’s work in small editions. Although not signed by the artist they are authenticated with a seal. These prints are very collectable and hang so well with his paintings.
Exhibitions are open to public viewing every Tuesday – Saturday, 9.15 – 17.00
Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus!
Each year on the 25th January Wales celebrates St Dwynwen’s Day, a day that holds a tragic love story that should be rejoiced for the selfless act of one young woman called Dwynwen.
Dwynwen is the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers, who had the misfortune of having her heart broken. Betrothed to someone other than her lover, Maelon, her father refused to consent her marriage to him. Maelon directed his anger towards his sweet love, causing her much distress and further heartbreak. Dwynwen wanted nothing more than to forget her love, so whilst she slept an Angel came down and gave her a potion in which would erase her memories of Maelon and turn him to ice.
Despite herself, when she woke up she was horrified to see him as an ice sculpture and begged something be done. The angel granted her three wishes; the first was that Maelon be thawed and for him to forget her; her second, to have God look kindly on the hopes and dreams of true lovers whilst mending the broken hearts of the spurned; and the third was for her to never marry, but to devote the remainder of her life to God, as thanks for saving Maelon.
Dwynwen founded a church there, remains of which can still be seen today. After her death she was declared the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers and ever since, Welsh lovers have looked to St Dwynwen for her help in courting their true love, or for forgetting a false one.