Exhibition: Artwork in Oswestry

The work of three very different artists is on display at an art gallery in Oswestry this month.

From the bright colours of South America to the soft blues and greens of the Welsh countryside, the artwork depicts places which have special meaning to their creators.

The artwork is on show at the Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre in Church Terrace throughout April. 

Colombian-born Clemencia Becrra drew her inspiration from her childhood memories of South America.

“I was born in Colombia and although I have lived in North Wales for many years, the sunshine, vivid colours and vibrant life of my homeland always seem to find their way into my work,” she said. 

“I find that it is the small villages and bustling life away from large conurbations and commercial centres that attract me most, and small traders and exotic fruits feature in many of my works.”

Contrasting with Clemencia’s bright paintings will be Alwyn Dempster Jones’ prize-winning pastel landscapes of North Wales.

Alwyn, who is from Mold, has chosen a selection of paintings and prints on rocks, stones and water, for his exhibition, including one which hasn’t been displayed before.

Among the work he has at the centre is a pastel and ink work of a blue sky with a dry stone wall.

He said: “The jet stream has moved and I’ve made a pilgrimage to my wall. The sun was out and the skies were blue. I haven’t painted a wall since last year and I’ve got a feeling there are more to come over the next few months. This painting is on view for the first time at the Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre.” 

The third artist to contribute to the exhibition is Tony Lewery, who creates collages and sculptures from his own paintings and drawings.

The 15th century building, which was once a grammar school, houses the Tourist Information Centre, Shropshire Poacher Coffee Shop, and exhibition display areas.

All year round the centre displays events of local interest from schools, Oswestry Societies, individual artists and craftspeople.

All three displays will run until April 26 and admission is free.

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