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At The Art Shop we have assembled our own drawing kits, easily portable in canvas rolls, and available to buy online. Here are 3 to choose from…

Botanical Starter Kit We were so impressed with the very informative and inspiring book  ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured pencils‘ by the illustrator Ann Swan, an essential for beginners, that we have used her palette to make up this starter kit of Polychromos Artists’ Colour Pencils. For a really special gift, our Ultimate Kit includes the coloured greys and includes a botanical pad.

Ultimate Drawing Roll – There are so many drawing materials to choose from we have selected everything you need, with different grades of pencils to suit every style. ‘H’ for hardness used for fine detail, ‘B’ for blackness for texture and tonal range.

Selection of Artist’s Coloured Pencils – A very versatile palette of colours, suitable for landscape, still life and even design work. An excellent alternative to the limitations of using colours in spectrum order that can be found in manufacturers tins. Polychromos Artists’ Colour Pencils have particularly soft wax leads, based on pure pigments. They are lightfast, water resistant and smudge proof.

All our ranges of pencils and the canvas roll can be bought individually, so you can make up your own kit!

4 of our top book picks at the Chapel, great gifts for all ages…

A CHILDREN’S BOOK – Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body £18.95
A huge, gloriously informative book for curious children!

A MAGAZINE – Soon £10
The brainchild of the daughter of abstract painter Helen Booth (exhibitor at The Art Shop), SOON is a celebration of ‘the art of making something out of nothing’.

A NOVEL – The Theoretical Foot by M. F. K. Fisher £8.99
‘I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose’, W. H. Auden wrote of Fisher. This exuberant tale of suspended morals in Lake Geneva in the 1930s is the perfect antidote to a wet Wales in winter.

AN ART BOOK – The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How E. H. Shephard Illustrated an Icon £25
Packed full of exquisite drawings and photographs, this volume reveals anecdotes and images of a heartfelt creative process.

…of course there are lots more titles to choose from for adults and children on our bookshelves at the Chapel.

 

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The Chapel book section for adults & children

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Bespoke pencil rolls for still life, botanical & general sketching

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Royal Academy Christmas card box sets

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Michael Harding Artists oil paint & medium

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Cavallini & Co Roma Lussa leather journals

 Thursday 10th December

Join us on Thursday evening for Late Night Christmas Shopping. Both The Art Shop and (just 2 minutes away) the Chapel will be open until 8pm, along with many other small independents in town. Lots of choice, variety and above all quality from a whole list of dynamic businesses.

At the Chapel you’ll find collections of jewellery and ceramics alongside a fantastic selection of books and magazines for adults and children – small independant publishers, Tate catalogues, Prestel colouring books (big art for little hands), Dover Coloured Fairy Tales – creative, eclectic, beautifully illustrated titles for everyone. The Chapel Kitchen will be open too serving food, wine, cider and light ales all evening.

At The Art Shop are all our specialist arts supplies, boxed gifts of art materials, bespoke pencil rolls and sketchbooks. While you are here don’t forget to go upstairs to see our mixed winter exhibition ‘A Winter Wildness’.

Come on in...

Come on in…

Coffee & teas

Simple, delicious food & coffee from our Chapel kitchen

Keeping busy in our children's corner

Keeping busy in our children’s corner

Inspiring books & independent magazines

Inspiring books & independent magazines

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…

After the celebration supper on Friday 24th upstairs at the Chapel taken by Dr Peter Wakelin

After the celebration supper on Friday 24th upstairs at the Chapel, taken by James Joseph of Abergavenny Music

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Sonia Delaunay Tate catalogue £29.99, one or two Tanja Malo Liberty & Hemp bracelets £17 each & a card

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A bundle of delicious handmade Unison Pastels, intense pigment

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Wrappings by John Derian & Jessie Chorley, leaf ribbon & a few of Penguin’s Great Food series

 

 

 

 

For Mother’s Day chose a card, some wrappings, ribbon or twine. Make something special for the one who always loves you.

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.

 

 

zoo webelephant webbirds weblion webtiger webThis week we had an exciting delivery of children’s books from our favourite small publisher… Corraini Editions.

Why do we love their books? These titles are inspiring, timeless and cherishable. Corraini is an Italian publishing workshop open to international artists, illustrators, designers and educators such as the eclectic, brilliant Bruno Munari.

Alongside this wonderful selection of Corraini titles came this series of children’s posters by designer and educator, Bruno Munari, taken from his book ‘Zoo’. Only £15 each 40 x 30cm, they can be framed and would make the perfect gift for a child’s bedroom – Lion, Tiger, Birds & Elephant. All available from our online shop.

A bit about the book ‘Zoo’ – ‘An entertaining stroll among highly coloured animals. The exceptional lively pictures, unusual layout and amusing use of signposts make this original, half real, half imaginary Zoo fun for adults and children alike.’

Visit our children’s section to see our full selection of Corraini titles.

 

exterior 1In our Halloween window (put together by Katherine), we have a small collection of dark and chilling ghost stories, published by Seren (welsh for star). One of the most interesting independent publishing houses in Britain (based in Bridgend, Wales), Seren nurtures and publishes talented writers and poets whose outstanding quality is recognised around the world.

If you can’t get enough of this haunting time of year we suggest popping in (or phone us) to grab a copy of ‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’, an anthology of obscure horror and supernatural tales to get anyone quivering in their boots. Mark my words.

All the Souls. by Gwendoline Davies. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

‘All the Souls’ by Mary-Ann Constantine. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

 

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly borrow stories. £9.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly horror stories. £9.99