WETLANDS in watercolour February 1st to 28th 2013
at the Café, 14 Locks Canal Centre
Cwm Lane, Rogerstone, NEWPORT, NP10 9GN
Opening hours 10.00am - 04.00pm every day
Spent a very pleasant time today on a staff outing to the 14 Locks Canal Centre. We had a warm welcome from the staff. Thanks. Delighted to see a beautiful small exhibition of the lovely paintings of Judi James. Mainly they portray the unique Reenscape of South Gwent. A couple will be proudly hanging in my London office when the exhibition closes.
Judi is a former Newport Councillor. Drop in. You won't be disappointed.
“Growing up in the 1950s near the Taff and Cardiff dockland, within sight of Penarth headland and with cycling access through the Penarth subway to the ‘blue yonder’ - tidal mudflats, rocky coastline, sea activities and the flora of the coast have always fascinated me.
I now roam and sketch the full range of the south Wales coast - working in acrylics and watercolours - imaging Kenfig dunes and Sker beach, Ogmore and Southern Down cliffs, Penarth promenade and pier, Cardiff Bay and the Gwent wetlands.
I have strayed to foreign coasts - my Adriatic scenes in Montenegro adorn walls in several Welsh homes - but I always come back to my roots. And for me, capturing remnants of disappearing human activity is most important.
In my most recent work, I have become absorbed in the Wetlands near Newport - a world of drainage reens and gouts, singing phragmites, bull rushes and teasels, pollarded willows, protected by a sea wall, first built by Romans, rebuilt by monks and others since to keep out the invading sea, stocked with 15th century churches, a place with prehistoric origins, ever changing according to the needs of successive generations.
WETLANDS in Watercolour is a small exhibition of my work which focuses on the mudflats of Goldciff (near the RSPB Newport Wetlands) - search for the rotting and sinking, fast disappearing putcher ranks - the fisheries that lined the Severn estuary since medieval times. The Goldcliff salmon fishery ceased operating in the 1970s.”
images copyright Judith James 2013
Member of SAA society for all artists
Member of SWAS south wales art society
14 Locks Canal Centre is found just off Junction 27 of the M4. Take the B4591 towards High Cross for about half a mile and turn
right into Cefn Walk. Venue
FREE ENTRY - ample free parking in car park.
The 14 Locks Centre has a cafe, and some fascinating exhibits including this new view of 19th century furnaces.