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Cafe Velo Open Exhibition

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Thank you to everyone who answered our open call for exhibits for the 2024 Cafe Velo Gallery! Do call in and have a look at all the work on display from so many local artists.
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    David Ellis

    Dr. P. David Ellis

    David is formerly a primary school teacher and headteacher, university lecturer and Dean of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He was also a registered school inspector and, before finally retiring in 2019, he inspected over 200 primary schools across Wales.  He spent three years working in the United States at the Ohio State University, where he completed his Ph.D in 1984, He is a Llantwit Major town councillor, having served between 1987 and 1995 and being re-elected in 2017 and 2022. He was a governor at St. Illtud’s Primary School for over 30 years and is a member of various local organisations and charities. David studied art history with the Open University and has visited many galleries across Europe and in the United States. He started oil painting in the 1970s and has exhibited at various locations in Yorkshire and South Wales, having held his own exhibition of the twelve churches of the Heritage Coast Ministry Area in 2022.

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      Gilli-ann Prevett
      All Ways
      Gilli-ann Prevett
      Narrative artist and Colourist
      Poet and Author
      Always exploring new ways to express myself and the world
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        James Gregory

        James Gregory grew up in Derbyshire and Staffordshire and now lives and works in Llantwit Major. He studied at Stoke Polytechnic from 1987 to 1990 attaining a BA (Ons) in Fine Art.

        Throughout his artistic career he has used a wide variety of mediums and techniques including drawing, painting, photography, digital media and some sculpture. At its core his work is playful, disarming and engaging but always keen to say something about the human condition.
        He is currently using paint, canvas, charcoal and paper to make work, a process he began in 2022 with a desire to get back to or revisit the kind of work he was producing over thirty years ago and once again feel the excitement of playing with colour, form and meaning.
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          Jane Cook

          Having always had a creative streak lurking within, retirement has now given me the time to explore new opportunities. Painting and photography are my main outlets, and although both are frequently frustrating, I love spending time experimenting with different styles and subjects.
          Llantwit Major has been my home since 2006 and is so beautiful and inspirational. Membership of the Llantwit Major Photography Club has helped my shooting, however Art & Design A-Level (well over 40 years ago) has been my only training in drawing and painting.
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            Keiron Burrows

            Keiron Burrows is a figurative artist from Tonyrefail, exploring immediacy and convention in depictions of the human form.
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              Nicola Meredith
              I live in Dinas Powis, and since art classes in school, have always enjoyed drawing and painting, but the everyday business of family life and work commitments managed to squeeze it out of my life until recently. About a year ago I rediscovered how much I love being creative with paint.
              Recently retired from the NHS, art is now featuring much more highly in my life, and I seem to have a paintbrush in my hand most days, which brings me great joy.
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                Robert Evans
                Robert Wyn Evans is a Welsh contemporary artist. His unique images of Britain are created using a variety of graphic techniques. They capture the mystery, rugged beauty and amazing myths that surround this ancient land.
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                  Roger Keller
                  I moved to Llantwit in 2015 when I retired from my job with a professional body, The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). My employment has been in education as a teacher and advisor. At the CIH I was head of education for developing and recognising courses related to Social Housing. I was born and brought up in London but lived most of my adult life in the Midlands of England. Since retiring I have returned to my interest in art, and more recently, developed a keen interest in ceramics.
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                    Sarah Davies

                    I live in Llantwit Major and teach Textiles and Art at St Cyres School. I am currently working on a series of mixed media textile pieces exploring the changing landscape of the beach and our local countryside. My work is very textual and I use reclaimed fabrics and yarns and collage these together to create land and seascapes. I tend to work on Calico fabric and start off by mono printing or laying down washes using Inktense blocks. I then use scrap fabrics and yarns to build up areas and use my sewing machine to create the details. The stitches are as important as the fabrics themselves. In some pieces I use hand embroidery too.

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                      Sarah Hannis
                      Sarah is an illustrator, artist and geologist living in Llantwit Major. She loves sketching outside, drawing what she sees and printmaking back in the studio. She is passionate about nature and helping wildlife, fascinated by all the small details and interconnected lives around us. Her illustrations are often used to help communicate scientific research and she combines printed texture with vibrant watercolour and ink drawings.
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                        Sian Warr

                        Sian Warr is a textile artist whose creative journey is intricately woven with the art of crochet. With nimble fingers and an imaginative spirit, Sian transforms yarn into mesmerizing artworks of texture and colour.

                        Driven by a passion for both tradition and innovation, Sian continually pushes the boundaries of crochet. Through their exploration, they challenge preconceived notions of what crochet can be, inviting viewers to reconsider its place in the contemporary art world.

                        As a dedicated advocate for the craft community, Sian shares their knowledge and passion through workshops, demonstrations, and online tutorials, inspiring others to embark on their own creative journeys with crochet.

                        With each stitch, Sian invites you to experience the beauty and possibility that lies within the art of crochet, weaving threads of connection and creativity that transcend boundaries and unite us all.

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                          Stephanie Stewart

                          Prior to 2018, Stephanie was known to say, “I am not very creative at all!   Creativity is just not my thing.”  After one important prayer time, this all changed.  While a friend was praying for Stephanie, He felt that God may be inviting Steph to more ‘fun’.  The friend ask Steph to think about something she had always wanted to try, but never had…  and ‘painting’ came to Stephanie’s mind. 

                          That very next week (November 2018), Steph went online and purchased simple watercolour paints, paper and a few brushes.  …and she has been painting nearly every day of her life since then! 

                          With still much room to grow in her craft, Stephanie now paints a variety of landscape watercolour scenes.  Her favourite motifs include boats, water, trees and green valleys.  Having grown up with summers on a sail boat in California and now having lived in Llantwit Major, Wales, these past 15 years, she has learned to see and appreciate the far reaching colours in a sea or skyscape; as well as the various tones and sparks of greens to be found in the wild Welsh hills. 

                          Painting at home in her small corner of the world, or painting ‘en plein air’, Steph simply must paint!

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                            Vicki Washbourne
                            I have been painting landscapes in watercolour for several years, for the most part self taught, except for several winters of evening classes, workshops and tutored painting holidays. Artists that have inspired me and influenced my paintings are Wesson, Ransom, Blockley and Peter Cronin.
                            Painting outside in Wales in often a challenge as I strive to capture the ever changing modes of the weather and the essence of the scene in front of me. I have been successful in reaching the final of Patching’s and Crickhowell Open Art competitions.