Reasons to visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

Newnham Artists exhibition

The exhibition is a celebration of the work of local, amateur and professional artists. The exhibition features a range of artworks which explore landscapes, animals, portraits and abstract concepts.Image

About the exhibitors

Keith Baugh

The works in this exhibition are paintings from Keith’s own photographs of iconic musicians, re-worked into original paintings.

Christine Beezer

My painting of a wheelbarrow is a simple subject, caught by the transparency and radiance of watercolour.

Carolyn Black

My prints are the outcome of photography, drawing, digital modification and collage. Where each medium begins and ends is ambiguous, as is the orientation of what is seen above and below.

Lucy Edginton

I love painting animals such as my Leopard, and find watercolour studies particularly sensitive to the subject.

Anna Fedden

This watercolour study is of the fisherman’s hut by the riverside in Newnham.

Jenny Harrison

My two paintings touch on very different aspects of portraiture and express in oil the great diversity that I find so rewarding in my painting.

Peter Hood

This unusual river view of Newnham Church was taken from a boat trip and captured in watercolour. It shows the not-so-well-known second small tower and the close proximity of the church to the cliff.

Emily Johnson

My pastel is of a Friesian cow and I delight in the great subtlety of this medium.

Sheila Miller

I’m delighted by the delicious ‘hands on’ methods of blending soft pastels and inspired by the beauty of skies, water and light. My paintings reflect a love and appreciation of natural landscapes.

Phil Morgan

I find the intensity of using oil paints in my two paintings a great inspiration.

Sheila Mounter

My work is concerned with the painted surface rather than creating a recognisable image. It’s about the paint and the marks that can be made.

Thomas Penny

I draw inspiration from architecture, nature, and how we perceive colour and form.

Kiyoko Shermer

I enjoy painting flowers, particularly the magnolia which dominates our garden every summer.  I use watercolour which I think brings out its delicate figure.

Mandy Thompson

My pictures are wet felted landscapes made from merino wool with added stitching.

Sara Ulyatt

Both the works in this exhibition are inspired by the wonderful summer flora found on the Awre peninsula.

Taurus Crafts
Free Entry


Exhibition of paintings by Joan Baker, Charles Burton, John Elwyn & Bert Isaac

Curated by Peter Wakelin for the National Eisteddfod 2016

Border Country by Raymond Williams is one of the great Welsh novels. Published in 1960 this influential autobiographical novel explored the changing lives of people on the Welsh borders, in town, village, farm and industrial valley, from the 1920s to the 1950s.

In this exhibition, originally created for the 2016 National Eisteddfod held at Abergavenny but now showing at Chepstow Museum until February 26 2017, works by four Welsh artists, Joan Baker, Charles Burton, John Elwyn and Bert Isaac, all contemporaries of Raymond Williams, have been brought together.  They represent a fascinating period in South Wales in the 1930s, 40s and 50s when artists wanted to record ordinary life around them in direct and truthful ways.Image

Border Country, which was set in and around Abergavenny (fictionalised as the town of ‘Gwenton’) told the story of a young lecturer who comes home from London to help look after his dying father and in the process remakes connections with the life of his working-class community. It was set on the border of Wales and England, but Williams was interested in other kinds of borders too – between town and village, vale and coalfield, generations, classes, men and women.

CHEPSTOW MUSEUM, Gwy House, Bridge Street, Chepstow NP16 5EZ
Until February 26 2017, Open: Mon-Sat 11-4, Sun 2-4

Free Entry

The Art of Landscape
Feast the eyes and expand the mind, discover the changing Art of Landscape

Chepstow Museum presents a course of 10 lectures exploring how the depiction of landscape has changed over the centuries

By popular lecturer Eleanor Bird.

At the Drill Hall, Lower Church St Chepstow beginning Mondays 2-4pm beginning 23 January 2017

To reserve a place at Chepstow, contact Chepstow Museum tel 01291 625981


The Widders Border Morris and friends once again invite you all to join them in this extraordinary and unique annual event in Chepstow. The Wassail and the Mari Lwyd are ancient customs from England and Wales, celebrated on or around New Year in an effort to raise spirits and look forward to a good and prosperous year ahead. It is attended by hundreds of people from all over the country.

The Chepstow Wassail Mari Lwyd is a very popular annual event combining the mainly English tradition of Wassailing, the Welsh Mari Lwyd tradition, plus a unique social meeting of the English and Welsh on the Welsh/English border (The river Wye bridge) There is also Morris dancing and a Country Dance Ceilidh.

The Mari-Lwyd is an Welsh winter first footing tradition which dates back many centuries. The Mari is a decorated, shrouded horse skull which is carried from house to house or pub by the Mari Lwyd group of performers who attempt to gain entry for food and drink through song, rhyme and riddles called “the Pwnco”, a rhyme/song battle between the Mari group and the inhabitants of the house/pub.


The Chepstow Mari Lwyd takes place on the steps of Chepstow museum in Bridge St where a large part of the town and many visitors turns out to watch the proceedings. There are also several Morris teams and players of various types, including Mummers, Green Man, Minstals etc.


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