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‘Art in Penallt’ was conceived six years ago when a small group of local artists and residents came together to organise an exhibition of eclectic art in the village of Penallt. The festival is now recognised by artists and visitors from far afield and this, the fifth year, promises to be even bigger and better than before. Once again putting excellence first, it is an exciting collaborative effort that involves many helpers and others such as Pelham Hall and Humble by Nature that host courses associated with the festival.
Capel Pentwyn and the adjoining Babington Meadow, in the hillside village of Penallt, once again are hosts to the Penallt Art Festival. The whole ground floor area of the wonderful Arts and Crafts period chapel is given over to twenty five or so artists and makers to display their latest works. The beautiful Victorian stained glass windows in the apse sprinkle shards of multi coloured light through onto individual artworks and exciting pottery and bronzes.
The Preview, on the opening Thursday night in Capel Pentwyn, is free to all-comers and has a great buzz to it. It is not to be missed. The fine art exhibition runs for three days and in the adjacent Babington Meadow there is a Friday evening ‘Peg it Up’ student exhibition and on Saturday and Sunday, demonstrations by leading artists and makers such as Walter Keeler will entertain young and all alike. In the large marquees on the Meadow there will also be a number of Made in Monmouthshire stalls selling everything from fine art to posters and prints to jewellery. Further details can be seen on www.artinpenallt.org.uk.
All works are for sale and there are facilities to take payments by debit and credit cards, cheques or cash and all purchases may be taken away when paid for. On Saturday and Sunday there will be home-made refreshments available on site and the award winning Inn at Penallt is only about 300 yards away for those making a day of it. Also, there is ample roadside parking with some disabled bays and all parts of the festival site are accessible by wheelchair. The organisers can be contacted at email@example.com or by calling 01600 715781.