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Black & White in Pembrokeshire


Following the interest and success of last year's "Pembrokeshire in Black & White" photography exhibition the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Docks we have organisedanother one this year which opens on 24 April.

David Randell, Gallery Director said "A slight difference this year is that in addition to photography we are extending the medium to include drawings, etchings and water colours. Most of this by Pembrokeshire residents has been made for this show so hasn't been seen before."

John Cahill's distinctive drawings in pen ink and wash as well as conte and graphite together with his etchings includes studies of farm animals as well as the Pembrokeshire landscape and shows the immense detail he sees in the world around him.  In contrast Janet Llewellyn's watercolour workswith their freely painted washes and wax resist capture the rural atmosphere of Pembrokeshire cottages and farmhouses sitting in the landscape in a totally different way.

Photographer Philip Clarke unusually still has his own darkroom and explained " I believe that the unpredictable joys of alchemy, turning light into silver, of seeing in the concentration of near darkness makes for difficulty and a corresponding satisfaction in the results which can never be encountered on the screen." Philip's hand printed work includes seascapes and landscapes.

Heather Bennett in contrast works mainly with digital equipment. She points out "Colour photography changes as the medium changes and its presence in a photograph can change the viewer's emotional reaction to it, so remove the colour and the message in the image intensifies.  I think black and white photography makes an image ageless and holds the seeds of drama within its depths of contrasts. "

Also showing are two new sculptures by Ceredigion based Ben Dearnley. One Welsh slate based Guitar standing some four feet tall with gold based guitar strings and machine heads with original verse and the other a contemporary slate plinth tipped with gold entitled "Eternity". Ben has just been awarded a big new commission carving 4 large standing stones for a winery in the Hunter Valley, NSW depicting the wine making process.

Everyone is also welcome to hear Heather and Philip inconversation talking about their work in the gallery on Thursday 4 June from 7pm.

The exhibition continues until 6 June and the gallery is open from 10.30am till 4.00pm Monday to Saturday.


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