The Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop celebrates ten years serving its community

 

Opened in 2004 by HRH Prince Charles and now an established award winning community project

Art Exhibitions

In the café area we host exhibitions of local artists' work.

The work is on show for 6 weeks and sometimes begins with a private view.

Paintings and photographs are for sale and the shop take a small percentage of any pictures sold.

Our art committee consists of three local people (two artists and one member of the Village Shop Committee), who are very keen to maintain a reasonably high standard of work, so the artists are asked to send some reproductions of their work and a summary of any exhibitions they have been a part of.

As well as the permanent art exhibition, there are often various locally produced craft items for sale in the shop.

Notes for Exhibitors:

If you are interested in exhibiting in 2016/2017, you can download an application form and print it out and send it, with a selection of photographs of your work, to the shop. Full instructions can be found in the application form. If you are unable to download or print the form, they can be obtained by emailing or visiting the Brockweir Village Shop.

Download the Arts and Photography application form here

 

 

Permanently on show is the splendid wall hanging created by a talented number of local residents.  This wonderful work shows the local area and attractions rendered in a mix of fabrics and textiles.

 

 

 

On the café walls

JANE BROOKS

2nd July - 13th August 2018

 

 

 

Jane Brooks

 

Jane Brooks, artist and printmaker, has both home and studio in the village of Pen-y-Fan, near Monmouth. She has lived in the Wye Valley for over thirty years, although she hails originally from Dorset.

 

Even as a small child she found herself drawn to sketching the world about her, on a daily basis. Her family, feeling that she needed a more practical career, encouraged her to become a nurse, rather than to pursue a career as an artist, and although she complied, she did not find the work congenial.

 

Later in life, and in her 30s with her sons growing up, Jane was able to study at the Newport School of Art and Design and obtained a B.A.Hons degree in Graphics, specialising in Printmaking. She then lectured in Art and Design at Coleg Gwent, later taking on employment as Gallery Manager in Monmouth (Great Atlantic Art Gallery) and as a Retail and Gallery Assistant (Contemporary Craftsman and Line of Fire galleries).

 

She retired in 2012, although continued to produce her own work, which has been extensively exhibited over the years. This has allowed her to gain a well-deserved, and growing reputation as a very talented artist.

 

Jane’s prints have been shown in the New Leaf and Line of Fire Galleries, Monmouth, as well as in galleries in Salisbury, Derbyshire, Bristol, Cardiff, Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cornwall and many others. Last year, she showed her latest work through Far Open Studios.

 

Jane uses traditional printmaking techniques, but the product is contemporary and semi abstract. She prints on to both fabric and paper, using either monoprint or collagraph. This flexibility of technique allows wide scope for making expressive and imaginative marks - also controlled lettering and line when needed. Often there is a “crossover”, and techniques employed when printing on paper, are transferred to printing on cloth. For this current exhibition the “one-off” prints are primarily on to paper. They often include lettering from quotations or poetry which has inspired her, particularly the poetry of John Clare and Alice Oswald.

 

Jane has always loved solitary, meditative walks in the extensive natural landscape of the Wye Valley which surrounds her. Her sketchbook accompanies her, and she gathers natural items - for example sticks, leaves, twigs - whose texture and form she incorporates into her work. She has a deep sense of “spirit of place”, and depicts this in lyrical and often poignant designs which reflect the seasons and their changing effect on landscape.

 

This will be an exciting exhibition, which will bring new aspects of Jane’s work to public view. If you are inspired by her work, be aware that in 2018 /2019 she plans to hold local workshops, where she will teach the techniques of her craft to those interested.

 

Annie Charlton