After a morning gazing, from my horse, at the dark copper of beeches towards Castell Coch and the whispery light golds of larches of Coed y Gedrys, we went off into Cardiff to the Butetown History & Arts Centre for an exhibition opening of We Draw, by Cardiff Drawing Group.
Speeches were heard with rapt attention. Cardiff Drawing Group works in an organic networking fashion, either drawing each other in a pub or meeting up at a suitable area, like Llandaf fields, like an arty flash mob.
The selected drawings prove its worth, and the catalogue can be downloaded or enjoyed online at CDG We Draw
Jan Bennett’s untitled drawing (above left) could have emerged from the fields, evoking branches as well as arteries and fingers – I thought of van Hagen’s Body Worlds. One of Jacqueline Alkema’s contrasted with the view of Bute Street outside.
There are a mix of materials, from pencil portraits (above) to a pastel landscape by Maggie Davies to watercolour by Sue Shields (below).
Kay Keogh explained her work (below) when I asked if it had green man links. No, it is what we look like in unguarded moments of greed and a warning not to open that fridge door – it is called Fridge Drawing and Kay isn’t selling it.
There is more that I didn’t get a good shot of, which are in the catalogue – it is all well worth a visit. As well as the wine, cake and drawings, it was good to meet more of the Women’s Arts Association members who are active in the group, and to visit our office in BHAC.
The We Draw exhibition is on until January 5th 2014, opening times Tues-Fri 10 to 5, and weekends 11 to 4.30.