The Little Stone Gallery opened December 2016. The gallery was opened in order to continue to offer an affordable and accessible exhibition space for emerging as well as established artists, sculptors, photographers and jewellers to showcase and sell their artwork within the community.
The gallery is run by passionate individuals who dedicate their time to keep this popular and thriving gallery open and alive throughout the year for the public to enjoy. The gallery although small in size is great in talent and showcases some of the most exciting and talented artist within the local area.
Currently on show at The Little Stone Gallery
Dan Santillo is back!
Dan Santillo is a professional photographer based in Neath in South Wales specialising
in Landscape Photography and Astrophotography of Gower and the Brecon Beacons.
“I am based in Neath which is right in the middle between Gower and the Brecon Beacons National Park, which means I spend a lot of time and indecision procrastinating about what area to photograph! I love being on the coast first thing in the morning for sunrise; the sound of the sea, the glow of the horizon just before the sun appears and then the burst of light as it appears. I also adore being in the mountains after walking for a few miles, the landscape to myself and watching the sun set.
I am energetic in my photography and have been known to sit on a hillside in the Brecon Beacons all night, from dusk until dawn, to photograph the stars. I have also spent an hour on Pen y Fan in a -27 degree C wind chill for sunrise! The coast is a little easier, but 3:30am has seen me getting up for the day to get to Gower for sunrise.”
Previously on show at The Little Stone Gallery
Tondu and District Art Society
The Society has been up and running of 30 years, bringing members of the community together on the common ground that is art and being creative. The group meet in Aberkenfig, coming from across the local county borough.
There are 50 member is the society, of all ages and abilities, they enjoy attending workshops and art demonstrations with the final outcome of their work being shown at exhibitions such as this one , twice a year.
Rachel Jones and Ann Thomas 5th – 18th September
“I am deeply inspired by the natural world, from tumbling skies and sparkling water to quiet and mysterious woodlands drenched in evening light.”
“Sometimes quiet and reflective, sometimes bold and exuberant; my paintings are a direct, personal response to the world around me.”
“The paintings I create are largley inspired by the landscape, sea and life in my locality. In each piece of work I hope to capture play of light on land and water, movement and colour and the energy of life.”
“Dependency and interaction of flora and fauna often occur within my work, drawing inspiration from the wonderful area of the Gower Peninsula and Swansea where I live. The images conveyed are either developed from snapshots taken on my phone, sketches and from memory.”
Shorelines – An exhibition by Graham Bell, Kate Bell and Anne Jordan
Graham Parker was born and raised is Swansea’s Sandfields, he studied at Swansea College of Art, qualifying as a Special Art Teacher. He has had commissions and many shows in Swansea and Wales.
Swansea Bay’s constantly changing Shoreline takes center stage in Graham’s horizon and seascape paintings. He has an affinity with the sea and aims to capture the joy and spirit of the changing moods of the sea and seashore in his paintings.
Kate Bell is a fine artist living in Mumbles who has had a number of group exhibitions in England and Wales and has work in private collections.
Kate’s creative practice stems from a fascination of this vital connection between land and sea, sea and sky. The coastal landscape is for her a place of memories, mystery and imagination.
Swansea based Ann Jordan is a fine artist who creates sculptures, mainly in textiles that currently relate to the topology of coastal and rural landscapes. These pieces are made from Welsh sheep fleeces.
Previously on show at The Little Stone Gallery
Mike Crafer – Paint Rocks!
Over several years Mike has perfected his own style in oil paint with his interest in geology and rocks showing itself in his textured depiction of the classic limestone cliffs of South Gower. He also loves the constantly changing light reflected from the sea, and the extensive sandy beaches out of which Three Cliffs seem to grow which you will see in a number of paintings in this exhibition.
In this exhibition you will find a variety of subjects around Gower and beyond, but always with his trademark textured depiction of the limestone rocks. This is achieved through the use of pallet knives and textured olepasto oil paint which he uses to carve out an almost 3D effect in paint.
Mike says he takes inspiration from one of his favorite artists David Hockney.
‘Sea of Light’
“It’s almost become impossible to say something new in a photograph , to avoid yet another cliched sunset or umpteenth shot of Mumbles Lighthouse.”
“wherever the land meets the sea, no two days are the same , especially Swansea Bay with the second largest tidal range in the world. Light constantly interacts with the ocean to produce an endless variety of colour and mood, often from one fleeting moment to the next.”
“Many of my images were taken bracing the elements, getting wet, feeling cold, out early, repeated attempts, long time waiting, or just lucky to be in the right place.”
Showing until the 7th of August!
“My name is Jonathan Morris I was born in 1980, I grew up in Briton Ferry which is a stone’s throw from the stunning Gower Peninsula Swansea. As children my mum and grandmothers would take my brother and I to many of the Gower’s beautiful beaches where we would spend hours on the golden sands picnicking and surfing the waves rolling in from the Atlantic. At the time I probably took for granted some of the incredible scenery that we had on our doorstep, however I recently started to rediscover some of these places and have been inspired to collate a number of paintings of mine and I’m sure a lot of your favorite views of the Gower and South Wales area.”
The Dora Art Group
“We are a group of four artists that have come together through a mutual passion for arts and the great outdoors. The beauty of the South Wales Valleys, mountains and coasts are our primary source of inspiration.”
Cheryl Anne Stone
“I paint out of doors as frequently as possible where, depending on the weather conditions I aim to accomplish the majority of the painting .”
“My art is an emotional response to what I see around me, whether it be the drama of the seascape, the awe inspired by mountain ranges, the expression and movement of birds and animals, the character of a beloved pet, or the positive energy of musicians in action. ”
“I strive to capture the natural beauty in all my subjects, be it rural or industrial. The overriding constant is the desire to capture the atmosphere and the weather conditions.”
“It is wonderful when the paint flows and the scene comes to light in front of me. I then look forward to the magic moment when the frame is applied and it becomes a finished piece of work , telling the story of that place and time.”
‘I was born in 1959 and brought up on the Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire border in the rural village of Clynderwen. Drawing and painting was a passion from an early age. I was fortunate to have had the tuition of Aneurin Jones during secondary school education at Ysgol Y Preseli Crymych, the Iconic “Jones Art” was a great inspirer during those formative years.
In 1999 I enrolled on a part time drawing and painting course at Swansea college of art under the tutorship of Rob Newell, John Howes, Howard Riley and Tim Davies to name but a few. I was again able to find the passion and desire for my creative drive.’
I have held solo exhibitions at: –
-The Arts wing Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea “Exposure”2013.
-Ty Llen, Dylan Thomas centre, Somerset Place, Swansea. “In Dylan’s Footsteps”(featured on “Wedi Tri”S4c)
-Waterstones bookstore, Oxford Street, Swansea “Stimulus” 2001.
Various individual work selected for the Open Exhibition at the Glyn Vivian Gallery, Alexander Road Swansea.
Jo has lived in Swansea for most of her life and likes nothing better than going for long walks around Gower with her camera and capturing the amazing scenery and different moods of the weather. She tries to keep the shots as natural as possible to replicate the conditions of the day.
Blessed by living in South Wales, an area that boasts a wealth of perfect landscapes. Has a passion for capturing unique images that reflect its breathtaking beauty and its peace and serenity.© Jo Evans 2017 , all rights reserved.
Aida Garton ‘Twenty Six Years in Wales’
Aida’s work is on show until the 17th of April 2017.
Aida Garton’s exhibition showcases mixed media works with an organic, handmade feel running through each piece. Her work is based on imagination, observation and chance.
Tackling tough subjects such as war and rebellion that she has experienced throughout her life, her project really tells the story of Aida and the Afon Morlais, their relationship and time spent together. The Afon Morlais is a small river running through south wales.
Aida reuses and recycles materials where possible, second hand frames and salvaged textiles discovered from fly tipped belongings add to the story telling aspect of her work. Every piece has a history, physical and emotional.
The artist is extremely involved in community youth projects that use arts and crafts as a form of therapy. 10% of her profits go to charity.
Previously on show at The Little Stone Gallery:
We were delighted to open our doors to an outstanding exhibition by Stephen Rew and Astrid Harrison. Their beautiful exhibition includes paintings using an array of unusual materials including coffee and Indian Ink as well as some exquisite sculptures and the most breathtaking equestrian photography. Exhibition ends: 20th March.
The Little Stone Gallery opens with ‘Braving the Elements’ by Mumbles photographer Anthony Dyke A.R.P.S.
The exhibition captures the amazing variety of light illuminating Swansea Bay and the local area. Anthony’s work focuses on the power of Mother Nature alone to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, if only for a short moment in time…
If you are interested in exhibiting your work at The Little Stone Gallery or for any further information please call 01792 365207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.