Artistiaid Tan yr Hall Artists
- Mixed Media,
- Digital Print,
- Print Making
Oriel Tan yr Hall gallery in Bala was established in 2007 with the aim of giving local artists a showcase for their work, which encapsulates the splendour of the landscape and the special way of life of the people. The art comes in a huge variety of styles, from sumptuous oils to delicate watercolours, vibrant encaustic and acrylics to impressionist canvases, breathtaking photography and meticulous portraiture.
Directions to studio
Entering from the east, drive to the centre of Bala where you will see a HSBC Bank on the left, right on the zebra crossing. We are next door to the bank.
Entering from the west, you will see the White Lion Hotel. We are on the right, close to the traffic lights.
Studio Opening Times
Opening Times: 11am - 5pm
Late Friday Opening Days:
Opening Times: 7pm - 9pm
Artists taking part in the Helfa Gelf at Tan yr Hall Gallery are:
Mel uses the ancient Greek art form of encaustic and sometimes mixed media. “My medium of choice is encaustic wax I use hot and cold tools to create unique work. Hot wax, fire and pigments is magical. I find painting with wax has so many dimensions - individual layers of medium can be translucent and shiny or rugged and gnarled. I so enjoy the complexity of this medium.” Melanie sets down layers of pure beeswax, damar resin and pigments to create texture and a weave of wax. Melanie says “When I wield the blow torch over the wax I am totally absorbed by the process. The wax flows organically in mysterious ways and I am inspired and excited by the unpredictability of the results. Its alchemy with fire!” Mel also runs workshops.
Rwyf yn cael fy nghyfareddu gan y llinellau a`r patrymau yn y tir a`r amgylchfyd , ac erbyn hyn mae`r nodweddion yma yn ganolog yn fy ngwaith. Bydd rhaid gadael i`r llinellau lifo yn rhydd fel y mynnant, gan blethu teimlad, rhythm ac awyrgylch i greu y cyfanwaith terfynol. Fy nod yw adlewyrchu y rhyfeddod a`r cyfaredd hynny yn fy ngwaith.
Dinah has travelled extensively and her art has taken her across the world from film sets and now to tranquil lakes. Her artwork is diverse from nature to portraits and architecture. “I love drawing which is unusual really. Drawing is normally seen as the beginning of a painting but I feel it is a wonderful medium in its own right.”
Ken works in a variety of media the main being oil paint when he enjoys it’s intensity of colour and mastic like qualities which enable him to apply the pain to the painting surface with brush, knife, fingers or whatever tool seems appropriate to achieve a desired effect. He also works in pure watercolour and sometimes adds other media such as pastel, charcoal and crayon on heavy watercolour papers.
Gary is a freelance photographer based in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, specialising in evocative, dramatic landscape and nature photography of the area a well as other scenic parts of Wales and the UK. “Snowdonia has an amazing variety of landscapes, so I feel very privileged to live in such an awe inspiring area. The ever changing light creates a wonderful spectacle for the landscape photographer. I enjoy the creative aspect and the challenge of portraying the beauty of the natural world in all weathers is very rewarding as no two days are the same. Waiting for sunset on a high mountain top and trying to second-guess the light and prevailing conditions requires patience and perseverance - but the elation of capturing that fleeting moment is hard to beat"
Ann Williams is inspired by her beautiful Welsh surroundings to paint rural life, animals, countryside and wildlife. Every season brings its own changing light, weather and dimension to the surrounding landscape and the creatures living there meaning that she’s never short of inspiration.
Ann paints for pleasure, exhibitions and to commission. She enjoys painting animal portraits and the challenge of recreating the subject’s unique personality and expression rather than merely producing a likeness. She mainly paints in gouache, using its clear, dense colours and flexibility to achieve the various effects needed for foliage, fur and to create atmosphere. Occasionally she uses watercolour and sometimes pastel.
Ann enjoys talking about her work and offers talks and demonstrations. She is passionate about the therapeutic value of art, especially the value of creativity in improving mental health and has been involved in various community projects promoting this.
In 2010 I moved to Wales, changing the focus of my career from freelance graphic design & illustration in Cambridge to painting and a different kind of work/life balance. I now exhibit permanently in Oriel Seren, Artworks Aberdyfi and Tan Yr Hall. I am a member of several artist societies and participate in a number of annual art exhibitions.
My pieces are about mood and atmosphere, looking for the hidden. I try to create work that is an emotional response, to capture individual moments and merge realism with abstraction. I am interested in edges and horizons and the spaces, energy and textures they reveal. Nature is a starting point. Inspiration comes from ordinary things – snippets of conversations, strange light, shadows, shapes and colours.
My studio is in Llanbrynmair and I am happy for visits by appointment. I often work on commisions and can get prints made of most pieces, please contact me for a chat.
Julia’s passion for painting comes through in her personality as well as her art. But it wasn’t always like this: although now in her late fifties, she only started painting seriously some five or six years ago. “I’ve always been artistic,” she says, “and went off to art college when I was just 15 to study fashion and design. My old art teacher at Cwmtawe Secondary School, Mr Griffiths, encouraged and inspired me and helped me enormously. But looking back I was too young, and my choice to do fashion and design was wrong. I did it because it was cool, but never used it.”
Julia’s work has been shown in several galleries all over Wales. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s energy and passion and love for the Welsh hills come through in all her works and conversation. “I want people to look at my work and feel the emotion in it. If I can create that sort of reaction in someone then I’ll feel I’ve achieved something rather special,” she says.
“I love the dark Welsh landscapes of my home town area in South Snowdonia and the bright night time landscapes of the city of Liverpool. Some of my recent work has also included portraits of famous faces from these areas”
Gemma is inspired by living within the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. One of the United Kingdom’s picturesque National Parks. Original watercolour artwork on handmade Indian Khadi paper, mounted onto coloured paper and beautifully framed.
Gemma is inspired by mountains and each painting has a signed certificate and she hopes both will be enjoyed and give inspiration back to the viewer.
Liz is the owner of oriel Tan yr Hall Gallery and a keen amateur painter, inspired by the wonderful art she is surrounded by in her gallery. She mostly paints in watercolours but has also tried acrylics. She started painting when she opened Tan yr Hall some ten years ago, after retiring from a career in journalist. “Being close to all this talent is a true privilege,” she says. “I shall never tire of it.”
Rosie Davies works in watercolours and oils with a realistic genre, but also enjoys creating digital sketches on the iPad that gives a more contemporary edge to her art.
She lives and paints in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley in north Wales which supplies plenty of inspiration for her landscape painting.
Rosie hosts a weekly art class for local amateur enthusiasts and on the second Saturday of every month holds an Open Studio for the general public to browse the studio and gallery or just watch her paint. She also demonstrates and holds workshops for local art groups.
Eluned works principally in oils but is also a photographer. Her work consists of an interpretation of the landscape that surrounds her as she sees it. “My aim is to capture the unique light and effect of the ever changing weather as it defines the colours of the lake and the sculptural qualities of the mountains, rocks and local terrain. I enjoy bringing the viewers attention to the natural colours that can be seen in the vista all be it for a fleeting moment”.