Tuesday 13 December 2011, 16:20
A group of professional artists based in and around Barry is staging an exhibition on the theme of light.
The Vale of Glamorgan Artists' Association (Voga) consists of around 20 artists who regularly collaborate to put on events and workshops in all kinds of venues, ranging from formal gallery settings to disused shops.
Their latest offering is on display at Barry's Art Central Gallery and aims to look at the interpretations of light through various media and historical painting styles.
Photograph taken at the Vale of Glamorgan Artists' Light exhibition
Around 90 pieces on the theme have been created in anything from paint to print drawing, sculpture and ceramics but also embracing a variety of different genres from figuration to abstraction and from modernism to post modernism.
The display includes pieces by Alan Salisbury, Karen Hughes and Eileen Allen.
Alan Salisbury, a former University of Glamorgan lecturer, has been working on a series that includes a bronze sculpture, in the style of old masters from the 15th to the 17th century.
However, he has decided to rework those classics with his own special twist so his Still Life with Reference to Fruit and Flowers echoes the work of 17th Century German painter Isaak Soreau, but Salisbury has added real flies to the finished piece.
Former art teacher Eve Hart is exhibiting paintings which she created to help overcome the death of her husband Bob, also an art teacher.
She said: "I call these pictures mindscapes. I feel they are helping me to cope with loss and move forward 'into light'."
The exhibition runs at the gallery in King Square until 14 January 2012.
Photograph from the Vale of Glamorgan Artists' Light exhibition. Images courtesy of Vale of Glamorgan Council
Vale of Glamorgan Council arts development officer, Tracey Harding said: "The whole concept of light is paramount to any form of artistic endeavour and will inevitably encompass many different forms of interpretation.
"As a group of artists who do not adhere to a particular manifesto, the range of possibility is without boundary."
Vale of Glamorgan Artists (Voga) was formed in 1997 by a group of artists working in Barry but soon extended its remit to around 20 other members who live or work in various places across the Vale.
New membership is decided via selection by existing members and the group aims to at all times improve contact between artists and the public, while showcasing its work through exhibitions.
Since formation, Voga members' work has exhibited at home and internationally - and also at the National Eisteddfod.
With funding from the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Arts Council for Wales, it also created an art trail open studio festival in the Vale which saw members arranging workshops and classes for the public.
Light is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. For information visit the Vale of Glamorgan council website.
Local art appreciation group, Art Central friends are to hold a talk by some of the artists on December 15 from 7pm to 9pm.
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