Mariana’s Christmas Art Exhibition in St Briavels

The Night before Christmas by Mariana Robinson
The Night before Christmas by Mariana Robinson

The Mariana-Art Gallery in St. Briavels will be holding its Christmas Art Exhibition from Sunday 28 November to Sunday 19 December 2010.   The guest artist this year will be internationally renowned artist and author, Trudy Friend; classic cameras by Chris Robinson and a selection of new and existing paintings by D. Mariana Robinson. 

The Mariana-Art Gallery is rapidly becoming known as a place to buy special, one-off gifts as well as original paintings, and along with art materials, St. Briavels fine bone china mugs, bespoke silver jewellery, ceramics and hand-made wooden clocks, there will also be a small stock of Bristol Blue glass available in the run up to Christmas.   


Trudy Friend is an internationally known artist, now living and working in the Wye Valley village of Tintern.  She is a qualified art teacher and for many years has produced instructional art books (published by David & Charles), as well as DVD’s, which accompany the books.  She is well-known to Sky Digital channel 166 – The Painting & Drawing Channel.  Trudy’s strength is in her close observation and attention to detail.  She works in all media, using her 8 basic strokes technique for drawing.  This is explained in her book The Ultimate Drawing & Painting Technique Bible – copies of which will be available at this Exhibition, and which can be personally signed by the artist.  Her seventh book, Graphite Drawing is due to be published in August 2011.  Trudy’s paintings on display at this Christmas Exhibition are the original works of art produced for incorporation into her books as illustrations.   They offer the discerning art buyer a unique opportunity to purchase a painting of significant value 


Chris has been interested in photography from a young age.  Like most aspiring photographers of the 1950s he was given a plastic Kodak Brownie 127 which he used to photograph the last days of steam railways in the Leeds area in the 1960s.  Thereafter he bought a Voigtländer Vito B 35mm camera and the bug had truly bitten.

As funds allowed, more and more cameras were added and very few sold.  After forty years of camera buying, Chris now feels it’s time to air some of the nicer models.  The vast majority are good quality mechanical cameras, various Leicas, Contax III and IIIa, Nikon F2, Rolleiflex 2.8f, Wrayflex, Pentax and many more – too many to list here. 

If you would like to see this collection, and discuss the classic cameras with Chris at the Exhibition, do call in for a chat.  Chris will be at the exhibition during all three weekends. 


Local Artist and owner of Mariana-Art Gallery in St. Briavels, Mariana Robinson, will also be exhibiting some new paintings and new styles.  Her work is prolific and covers both watercolour and Atelier Interactive acrylics. 

Visitors to the exhibition will also have a chance to purchase hand-made silver jewellery by Debbie Aldecoa, Pottery by Tanya Saltmarshe and Cath Hopkins and a small selection of wooden clocks by Mike Taylor.  Debbie’s work now includes the use of precious metal clay, which enables her to mould silver into unusual shapes and incorporate impressed designs.  Tanya Saltmarshe’s earthenware is always popular because of her bright colours and unusual themes.  Cath Hopkins of Ellwood Pottery is a local potter producing some lovely pieces which echo the natural colours and patterns seen in the Royal Forest of Dean.  In addition, there will be Mariana’s “now famous” St. Briavels Mugs.  These limited edition porcelain mugs bear one of her quirky St. Briavels Castle & Wye Valley designs, and are gift boxed.  They make unusual and practical Christmas presents. 

All art at the gallery is original work from local artists.  Mariana’s signature painting for this exhibition will also be on sale, as well as a Christmas Card packs of this unusual design “The Night Before Christmas – St. Briavels”.Do come along if you can and help to support local businesses and artists by shopping locally in the run up to Christmas. 

The Mariana-Art Gallery, East Street, St. Briavels, Gloucestershire GL15 6TQ.      Tel: 01594 530484

Christmas Exhibition 28 Nov 2010 – 19 Dec 2010.  Open 10.30 – 5.00 daily. (Closed Wednesdays)


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