Friday, 21 August 2015

Square Pegs in the Ceredigion Art Trail

Square Pegs are delighted to be taking part in the Ceredigion Art Trail, a 10-day open studio event happening all across Ceredigion and including artists in St Dogmaels and Newcastle Emlyn, from 22nd-31st August. 
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it,” said Groucho, having watched Square Pegs – Carole King, Glenn Ibbitson, Chris and Annie Coombs, Yvette Brown and Steve Thompson – posing for photographs outside Nant Studios.
You are warmly invited to pay your respects to Groucho at Nant Studios, Pantybwlch, Newcastle Emlyn, where Square Pegs will be hosting an exhibition of their work and where Glenn and Carole will be allowing people to invade their studios and make remarks about general levels of tidiness.    
Yvette Brown, Annie Coombs and Steve Thompson will also be making guest appearances throughout the 10 days and will be available to eat cake with you and to talk about the weather or their work.  Two pieces of cake will be awarded to the best Groucho moustache of the day.
Free brochures are now available from  Artstream Gallery 
We are really looking forward to seeing you.
Venues and Directions

The Square Pegs are taking over Artstream, the art gallery run by Glenn Ibbitson and Carole King in Newcastle Emlyn (under the clock tower) for the Art Trail week

There will also be lots to see at

Nant, Pantybwlch, SA38 9JF  – From Newcastle Emlyn take the B4333 (signposted to Cynwyl Elfed).  After 2 miles, white gibbet sign on right to Nant.  Follow drive passing to the left of a corrugated-roofed barn and down to house and workshops.  Ample parking.  Look out for the Art Trail signs on the road.
Square Pegs are:
Carole King – Fine art, printmaking and hand-made books
Glenn Ibbitson – Fine art, printmaking and film
Annie Coombs – Gemstone and precious metal jewellery
Yvette Brown – Pewter and mixed media birds
Steve Thompson – innovative woodwork
More information about The Square Pegs can be found at

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Artstream Competition

Enter the ArtStream free draw and win either

A] a framed screenprint by Glenn Ibbitson. "Consignment: batch 40 unit1" a signed limited edition [of 10] printed on ply;
B] a handstitched and bound 74 leaved sketchbook [140gsm; 11 x 15cm] by Carole King, with original screenprinted 'Hills and Dales' design cover.

Step 1 -the easy bit. Go to the Artstream facebook page at
and 'like' this page -many of you have already got this far.

Step 2 -bit trickier… write a one sentence, five star review on the page, telling the world just what it is which makes ArtStream Gallery so special. Be original; the more off the wall your comment is, the better! *

You have until midnight Monday 10th August to submit your comment.

The names of all contributors will be included in a draw; to be made on Tuesday, August 11th by Pam Judge; media coordinator for this year's Ceredigion Art Trail

*Reviews may be used in future ArtStream publicity acknowledging the writer with initial, surname and town location only. No contact details will be made public at any time.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Visual Intrigue at Artstream Gallery

'Maps and Codes' is a themed exhibition which explores the use of symbols to interpret the landscape. Hidden images are revealed using ultraviolet blacklight and messages are coded using flowers. Poppy seeds recreate the lines of the WW1 trenches, roads, hedges and chromatography patterns.

An artist chooses how to reveal some aspects of the world they see while deliberately obscuring or cryptically encoding others. Some codes and symbols are fairly clear, for example, those appropriated from ordnance survey maps to create abstract landscapes; others may include signs made from details of objects, which might not immediately be clear to a general public, but would be immediately apparent to anyone associated with, say, the woollen industry.
Carole has been mapping the landscapes of West Wales, re-interpreting aspects of its industrial and social past through paintings and original prints. Because her technique shuttles between fine art skills and traditional domestic crafts the works reflect a free-ranging, intuitive quality, as rigorously organised as a quilt design.

Maps and Codes is at Artstream Gallery, Cawdor Hall (under the clock) Newcastle Emlyn. Open Tues-Sat 10-5pm June 23rd-July 4th

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Seaweed and Consignment and others

We have rehung the gallery this week with new work.

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10-5
Cawdor Hall- under the Clocktower in Newcastle Emlyn

Friday, 3 April 2015

Artstream Gallery in print

Jenefer Llewellyn Ferguson wrote this great article and took pictures at the opening of our gallery in Newcastle Emlyn
Featured in the Tivyside this week.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015


I used to pass this door nearly everyday when on my way to my studio when living in Chertsey, Surrey. The 'New Chertsey Art Club' had taken over what had been the council offices in Guildford Street and this shop was in the same block. All were awaiting demolition, which finally came, but the six years we had this magnificent old building were great fun and a lot of fantastic work was produced here- both in the studios and in the life room-previously the architects drawing office with overhead windows and fabulous light.

Oil on panel

Friday, 6 February 2015

Aberglasney Arches

The beautiful house and gardens at Aberglasney are in Carmarthenshire, Wales. While exhibiting in the gallery here I had time to wander around these wonderful surroundings  and find inspiration for more paintings. Whilst there I made several drawings of the many arches and gateways in the gardens as well as the flowers both in the gardens and the orchid house contained within the old kitchens and rear of the house
 This arch leads up some steps, under the raised walkway, from the courtyard to the formal walled garden.

Aberglasney Arches 4
13.5 x 19.5 cm
oil on board
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