Annual Exhibition

exhibition 2018This year the Abergavenny Art Group has its annual  exhibition between 28th July and 4th August.  The featured artist this year is Mary James.  The exhibition was opened by Mr David Tod, the President of Abergavenny Rotary Club.

 For the last several years there has been a theme to which Art Group members are asked to paint at least one piece.  This year the theme was water or the sea - a topic borrowed from the Abergavenny Arts Festival at the end of June.  In addition there is a selection of artwork from A level students of King Henry VIII school on display.


The photograph shows Mr David Tod on the left opening the exhibition with Mary James (second from the right) and Sarah Hoddy, Chairman of the Art Group on the right.

Featured Artist - Mary James

Mary says, "My thanks go to the Abergavenny Art Group for inviting me as their guest artist and for the added challenge of working to the theme of water. I am someone who likes a challenge and needs deadlines to keep me on target!  This was unfamiliar territory, although I knew I was keen to explore beach scenes due to my many visits to Australia (visiting family) and my attraction to the turquoise ocean and white sand!

"How different are our beaches and how interesting I found them. We have a wonderful coastline of craggy cliffs, rocks, wild life and relics of industry and archaeology. I headed to the Pembrokeshire National Park where beauty and nature collide and I was able to explore the theme of Water.
Here I recorded my observations by sketching and painting in situ, taking photographs and soon discovered that my interest lay in the slate black and rusty brown rocks at Abereiddi, relics of the Welsh slate industry, stunning against the cerulean sea that makes up the Blue Lagoon.

mary james"I watched and often waited for the tide to reveal its mysteries as it receded, leaving boats immersed in muddy harbours or sand banks; or glorious, deep slimy green/gold seaweed, heaped in piles along the estuary at Newport.  From Solva to Fishguard, Abereiddi to Newport it was the varied colour and light effects that intrigued and enthralled me as water interacted with sand, rock and seaweed……I just had to find ways of representing them."


The exhibition is held at the Holy Trinity Church Hall located in Baker Street, Abergavenny. The map opposite shows Abergavenny town centre, some landmarks and the location of the exhibition. Click on it to see an enlarged version.

Opening Times

There is no entrance fee and the hours of opening are  10am to 5pm daily

 Private View and Opening

On the Friday evening prior to the exhibition being open to the public there is an invitation only private viewing of the exhibition.  This commences at 7:30pm.

  The Raffle Prize

This year the picture being raffled is a limited edition print of one of David Haswell's paintings kindly donated by Phil and Avril Jones.


Where is it?

mapThe location - click to enlarge.

Some of the paintings

Galling Gull and Huffin' Puffin were two mixed media paintings by Sarah Hoddy.


There is also a selection of A Level artwork from King Henry VIII School Abergavenny.


A still life painting by Richard Kellett entitled "Swansea Loaves" was on display.

swansea bread

Linda Wood showed many paintings that were very popular with the visitors to the exhibition.  This is "Autumn Reflections".
autumn reflections