On your Art; get set; GO!
It turns out that September is a pretty special month here in North Wales, and today's blog post is a celebration of the fabulous Helfa Gelf (Art Trail) that is taking place in artist's studios and galleries across North Wales.
Every weekend this month, Welsh artists give you the chance to create a unique trail across North Wales, visiting artists at work in their galleries or studios. The event is totally free, and includes a huge range of artists and disciplines from painters, sculptors, potters, wood-turners, basket weavers, photographers, jewellers and printers, to name a few!
And if you take part in the trail, you'll visit unique studios, homes and places - some of which aren't usually open to the public, from garden sheds and back rooms to modern studios and spacious galleries.
There are artists in Gwynedd, Conwy, Flintshire, Wrexham and Denbighshire taking part. Close to the Oakeley Arms Hotel, you could visit Jane Chapman and Ross Webb, artists whose studio is near Harlech. Or how Robert Dafydd Cadwalader's gallery in Criccieth? There are also several studios in Porthmadog to visit (Michael Webber, Bill Swann and Pethau Melys) or in Llanfrothen you could visit Ian Marsh's workshop or the gardens of Portmeirion architect Clough Williams Ellis at Plas Brondanw.
The choices really are endless! Check the map on the Helfa Gelf website for more information and details of the artists taking part. And you never know, all the arty-goings on may inspire us here at the Oakeley to dig out the easel and brush!
image by iprol on sxc.hu
You can see some great pictures of artists at work on the BBC News website (link here)