The Mayor and Mayroress of Penarth – Cllr Mike Cuddy and Mrs Cuddy – officially opened the Penarth Cliff Top Artists’ outdoor exhibition today in what is traditionally the first event of the town’s annual Summer Festival.
This year the work of 12 local artists being being exhibited on the Cliff Walk pathway opposite the Holm House Hotel
Cllr Cuddy – a former lecturer who specialised in geography, planning and art – paid special tribute to the artists who work outdoors in all winds and weathers and praised the accomplished range of canvasses on display – most of which are for sale. Penarth, he said, is “full people who paint”.
Amongst the artists whose work is being shown is Gilly Hicks who holds an art degree – and who is exhibiting a range of outstanding acrylic landscapes and seascapes featuring the Penarth foreshore, Lavernock, Swanbridge and Sully Island.
In the light of the current spate of rescues from Sully Island, Jilly recalls being marooned on Sully Island herself in years past – back in the days when there was no lifeboat in Penarth and people had no choice but to remain on the island until the tide went out again.
Under the roasting sun Jilly recalls the temperature rose to 80 degrees Fahrenheit but then as the evening wore on temperatures fell and all the sunburned group were shivering from cold . A cafe at Swanbridge stayed open until midnight to dispense hot chocolate to the group once they’d managed to reach the mainland . Despite that experience Jilly has continued to return to the area to paint her favourite shoreline in a dramatic variety of moods and weather.
The other artists exhibiting are:-
- Peggy Davies (Organiser): Most mediums but mainly pastel animals, flowers and landscapes
- Justin Webb: Large oils and acrylic cartoons
- Helen Davies: Landscapes, mainly in acrylics
- Tony Hicks: Mostly acrylic abstract
- Peter James:
- Claire Stansfield:
- Lois Stewert: Line and wash costume drawings also acrylic and oils
- Michelle Chick: Mostly acrylic local scenes some portraits
- Mel Gape: Mostly small acrylic semi abstracts of local scenes
- Anthony and Karen Dix: Acrylic trains boats and local scenes
- Martin Harvey: Oil and acrylic landscapes and local scenes
The Cliff Top Artists’ exhibition is open throughout the Summer Festival from today until July 17th.