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VC Gallery study Van Gogh’s ‘pivotal’ work

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Cross-generational learning: Looking at Van Gogh’s ‘pivotal’ Starry Night

THE VC GALLERY at High Street, Haverfordwest, held a Van Gogh workshop yesterday (Mar 15), in order to study his work and incorporate it into their own art.

Starry Night was projected for everyone to take inspiration from, and a vase full of beautiful sunflowers from Tussie Mussie Flowers was available for people who wanted to draw still life.

The Herald spoke to Pete Jones, who led the session. He said: “Van Gogh suffered with mental health and depression, and used his art to self medicate to some extent.

“It’s quite a strong aesthetic as well. He always used a good pallete of bright colours through most of his work. We’ve not got the opportunity to use his technique and the materials he used.”

Speaking of the Sunflower Series, Mr Jones said: “The sunflowers are pretty much Van Gogh’s most famous image. Today’s workshop is a great opportunity to have a go at still life and drawing floral forms.”

Sunflowers: Studying Van Gogh’s famous work with help from Tussie Mussie Flowers

For those who decided to take inspiration from Starry Night, they began by painting their canvases sky blue, and painted their own interpretation of the night sky, with it’s deep blue and gold colours. Those who wanted to draw still life, started off drawing in pencil onto card, and later added charcoal.

Speaking to The Herald, Barry John MBE said: “What we want to achieve is the diversity of his art at this workshop within the Gallery, to give people access to lots of different materials, and ways of painting and seeing how art is produced.

“Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a pivotal piece of art, and it’s really refreshing to see cross-generational participation.”

He continued: “Besides Starry Night, Van Gogh was very productive during his short career. One of his famous paintings was the Sunflower series, and today’s workshop, alongside our sponsor PLANED is Tussie Mussie Flowers, who have provided us with their vibrant sunflowers for this workshop.”

Speaking about Tussie Mussie Flowers, he said: “They are a very cool and supportive member of the community, and for us to have the sunflowers for this workshop is fantastic.”

The Herald also spoke to Charlee from Tussie Mussie Flowers, who said: “We’ve happy to let The VC Gallery borrow our flowers. The VC Gallery is wonderful, and we’re thrilled to have helped.”

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Haverfordwest: Fresh artist on the block ready for exhibition

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AN EXHIBITION showcasing the work of an extremely talented local artist will open on Monday, August 1 at The VC Gallery in High Street, Haverfordwest.

Maxine Bunston from Haverfordwest, who has only had one year of experience in the art industry, has managed to create a huge range of fantastic art work, that she will be proudly presenting next week.

The Herald caught up with Maxine, to talk about the art that she will be exhibiting, and what it means to her. She said: “It’s escapism from mental health. It keeps me distracted from low self esteem, especially when people have commented on my appearance. But, mainly, it’s a distraction from mental health and self harm.”

Many of Maxine’s beautiful paintings depict delicate fairies, and The Herald asked Maxine why she decided to feature these in her work. She said: “They’re mystical and magical, and it’s escapism in the way of feeling like a child: Everything is innocent, and it’s the light-heartedness of life, really.”

Maxine has long struggled with mental health, and her art has reflected her emotions and what she was going through at the time.

Everything is innocent: Maxine paints to escape from mental health

Friend of Maxine and regular at The VC Gallery, Mia Gillies, said: “I’ve known Maxine for 10 years, and she started doing art at Bro Cerwen. I’ve seen her evolve from celtic style into really detailed fairy work, with dots and lots of action going on.

“She has really streamlined her work and now, you recognise it as Maxine’s work. It’s also not messy and more, it’s really clean and very intricate.”

All of the paintings at Maxine’s exhibition, which runs from August 1 until August 31, are for sale with prints available on request.

When asked if she classes herself as an artist, Maxine said: “No, I don’t like to call myself an artist. If someone asks me what I do, I don’t say that I’m an artist.”

If you would like to visit The VC Gallery to see Maxine’s wonderful work on display, you can do so from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. To view Maxine’s work online, you can also visit www.facebook.com/escapistfantasyart

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Teacher recruits family and friends for Tenby 10k run

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Declan Lynch (kneeling, right): With a selection of the runners he has recruited

AN YSGOL BRO GWAUN teacher has recruited nearly two dozen friends and family members to participate in a 10km run in Tenby on Sunday (Jul 30) in memory of his mother.

The annual Tenby 10k starts at 11am and follows a scenic route in and around Tenby.

Declan Lynch, an IT teacher, is raising money for Paul Satori following the death of his mother, Ellen, last year.

On his JustGiving page, Declan said: “Early last year my Mum, Ellen, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After a long battle, she passed away peacefully on November 7th 2016.

“One promise I made to her was that I would get fit and raise money for the charities that gave us as a family invaluable support and equipment to make Mum as comfortable as possible; one of these being the Paul Sartori Foundation.

“Money can’t bring Mum back, nor can show our appreciation to all the charities that helped us at these hard times, however by doing whatever little I can to help will enable anyone going through tough times to have the same support that we received.”

So far, Declan has raised £1501, exceeding his initial goal, but he hopes to raise more in one final push for donations before the run.

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Charity Bike Ride returns next month

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HAVERFORDWEST HORNETS will be running the Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Ride on August 6 from the Haverfordwest Rugby Club at 8am.

All money raised is going to Paul Sartotri, Prostate Cymru and Pembrokeshire Special Needs Gymnastics Group.

There are three routes to choose from:

Family ride to Neyland Marina (17 miles) along cycle path from Haverfordwest – Children go free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Children who fund raise £20 will get a free entry into Folly Farm.

28 Mile route (Middle Distance)- taking in some views and a few hills to stretch the legs. (Under 16 must be accompanied)

50 Mile route out to St Davids and back. (Under 16 must be accompanied)

All routes will be on open roads/paths but marshals will be situated throughout the rides. Bike maintenance will be on hand from Mikes Bikes.

The event will conclude with a refreshments and entertainment.

In 2001, Phil and Tim Hughes got together with Mark Rendell of Mike’s Bikes and some other cycling friends set up the Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Rode and raised £1080.

Due to this small event being such a success they decided to stage the event again and it grew with the participation of a larger number of cyclists in 2002 and the event raised over £3000 and has continued to grow in popularity every year.

From this, the event has become a firm date in the Pembrokeshire calendar and to date the Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Ride has raised over £145,000 for local charities including Paul Sartori, Ward 10, Pembrokeshire Puffins, SNAP, HOPE, Shalom House, Pembrokeshire Guide Dogs, FRAME and many more.

In 2009, Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Ride became registered a charity.

The bike ride is now run by a small committee of volunteers from the Haverfordwest Hornets. They receive excellent financial sponsorship from local companies which means that 100% of the funds raised go to Pembrokeshire Charities.

 

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