We are really fortunate to have so many creative people living and working in the Brecon Beacons. In Crickhowell itself, which is a 20 minute stroll from the canal, there are thirteen varied venues displaying artworks of all kinds. You can spend all day walking from one exhibition to another. In the beautiful St Edmund's Church you'll find photographs, paintings, botanical illustration and pottery. Some works are exhibited in cafes including The Pantry Coffee house, the Courtroom Café and Bookish so you can stop for a bite to eat, too. Some artists open their home studios to display their works, including Rebecca Brun whose work includes pet portraits and Cag Rodwell who creates colourful fused glass art. For the venues which are out of town, you can make you own way to them or book a place on the Art Bus which takes a full-day tour to several artists' studios. Tickets cost £15 which includes a light lunch. Call 01873 813667 to book a place.
There's also a chance to gain an insight into the way the artists work, as you watch them demonstrate their skills in the Oriel Cric Gallery in the centre of Crickhowell. On Saturday 25th May Garry Jones (image A) creates quirky ceramic sculptures, on Sunday 26th May Ann Notley (image B) creates wildflowers and insects in detailed stumpwork embroidery and on Monday 27th watch wildlife artist Tracey-Anne Sitch (image C) as she works in watercolour.
To find out more about all the artists and their work, see the 60-page guide online or email Crickhowell Tourist Information Centre with your contact details and they'll pop one in the post to you.