Rebecca Backshall. Image by David Kyle

Rebecca Backshall. Image by David Kyle

The eagerly awaited Visitors Vote for their favourite image in the Open Exhibition was announced at the Oriel Nwy/Gas Gallery on 24th January.  The eagerly awaited Visitors Vote for their favourite image in the Open Exhibition was announced at the Oriel Nwy/Gas Gallery on 24th January.  There were sixty six works by Ceredigion artists that attracted over 600 visitors since it opened on 20th December 2013.  And the winner was …….. Rebecca Backshall.  On hearing that her painting “Swan Transformation” had won Rebecca said that she was “both thrilled and humbled by the result”. Her prize will be displaying her other inspirational work at Oriel Nwy from 8th-28th May 2014,

Second prize went to ceramic sculptures by Suzanne Lanchbuy, and joint third went to paintings by Jane Burnham and Hilary Smith.

The Gallery is currently showing the work of Michael Roberts and Abbie Lewis.  Michael, who recently finished his PhD at the School of Art Aberystwyth, says of his work “My artwork combines hyperrealist methods with traditional realist painting techniques to achieve a visual approximation of the facial surface in order to promote sensations of vision and touch and to recall bodily experiences of flesh and skin”.

The upper floor of Oriel Nwy displays the work of talented teenager Abbie Lewis.  The images are mostly monochrome photographs of objects and landscapes that are often denied the credit and beauty that they deserve. Abbie makes the viewer relook at places and objects so discovering a different interpretation, as she says “Beauty is all around us and sometimes the most discreet can be the most amazing”.

Michael Roberts: Paintings will be exhibited until 22nd February.

Abbie Lewis: A Hidden Beauty will be exhibited at the Gas Gallery until 22nd February.
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