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An exhibition of contrasts

An exhibition of contrasts are on view at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Docks this summer. Opening on 24 July fine art paintings from two mature Pembrokeshire professional artists, John Cahill and Anne Farrall Doyle and additionally from 1 August you'll have an opportunity to see the pick of the crop of local Arts Graduates from Coleg Sir Gar.

Anne's primary inspiration now stems from her adopted unspoilt Pembrokeshire surroundings and her travels. She explained, "Living in Llangwm near to the estuary and Black Tar, my morning walks are full of the wildlife here & one reason for living in Wales is the totally unspoilt nature of the countryside, where Red Kites amongst other birds are readily seen, which I've recently started painting alongside my coastal and country canvases".

John Cahill who uses drawings and photos for reference as a starting point in his work explains, "Although I'm using nature and the world around me in the Cych Valley as my subject and inspiration I don't feel the need to stick to reality and therefore in the studio it's the world within the picture that counts. The paintings originate from a location that's fired my imagination and the subject may linger in my thoughts for many months before I put brush to canvas." John will be talking about his work in the gallery on Saturday 15 August from 2.30pm. The new graduates showcasing their work are Rhian Jones, Caryl Davies, Hilary Coole together with jewellery maker Louise Panter Whitlock alongside fine art painter Tirion Haf.

Their work is all very different, Rhian uses ancient firing techniques on her hand built, non-functional traditional forms, sourcing inspiration from Eastern philosophies concerning the void. Caryl enhances her jugs and pots with childlike outline drawings, coloured in with delicate pastel glazes, whereas Hilary's hand built slab and slip decorated stoneware work is heavily influenced by the vibrant 1950's fashion that her mother and grandmother wore. Recently exhibiting at the London Young Designers' exhibition she was selected as "One to Watch" for the future in the "Craft & Design" Newsletter.

Brought up in the heart of rural Ceredigion on her parent's smallholding fine art painter Tirion uses all of these influences and her childhood history in her large scale paintings which she's recently been exhibiting in London; designer maker working mainly in silver on wearable contemporary jewellery Louise takes her inspiration from specific sites and embraces the themes of chance and the vagaries of life.

All this work will be on show until Saturday 29 August and the gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am till 4.30pm.

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