The club is a member of Three Towns Art Society. It arranges an annual art exhibition
which moves between the towns of Ammanford, Carmarthen and Llanelli and is an occasion
when members of all three clubs unite. The host town takes responsibility for organising
and running the event at a venue of their choice.
Donna Crawshaw ‘s demonstration May 14th 2015 on “Animals in Acrylics.”
Thursday the 25th of June 2015 a " painting on location day " at St. Michaels Church,
Llanfihangel Rhos y Corn.
On Thursday 22nd October 2015 the artist Peter Cronin came for a day of demonstrations
and workshops. In the morning Peter showed us his methods of pen and wash, which
he uses most of the time when he is sketching in the landscape. His sketchbooks
were inspirational, and were admired by us all.
In the afternoon Peter was asked todemonstrate his water colour techniques. He emphasized
that we need only use two washes to keep the freshness of the painting. The first
was an all over wash to establish lighter and darker areas. In the second wash he
painted light against dark and dark against light, to produce atmosphere and perspective.
Then all the painting needed were a few touches to add crispness. We all felt that
we had learnt a lot from both of Peter’s demonstration.
On Thursday 24th September 2015 the artist Diane Matthias came to Carmarthen Sketch
Club to give a demonstration and workshop on palette knife painting.
The opening night of Carmarthen Sketch Club’s Annual Art Exhibition took place on
Monday 26th October 2015. The exhibition was formally opened by the Mayor of Carmarthen,
Councillor Barry Williams, and the judge of the exhibits in this year’s exhibition
was the artist, Shirley Ennis.
She praised the high standard of the exhibits, and commented on some she felt particularly
deserved attention. She then awarded the trophies as follows: The Dr. John Crane
Memorial Trophy for an abstract work in any medium except watercolour was won by
Carol Thomas, the John Hutchins Award for a landscape in any medium was won by Peter
Davies, and the Edith Lodwick Memorial Trophy for the work that the judge considered
the most worthy over-all winner went to Hywel Gravell with a work entitled “Traeth.”
The exhibition continued until Friday November 6.th The artist who received the
most votes from the public was Lon Owen with “Ceiliogod”, and the first name taken
from the box of members of the public who voted was Margaret Lewis.
On Thursday February 25th 2016 the artist Carole King gave a demonstration and workshop
on “Printmaking at the Kitchen Table” to members of Carmarthen Sketch Club.
Thursday 28th April 2016 the club members were given an inspiring demonstration by
Linda Norris, one of our leading Welsh landscape painters.
On 26th May 2016 Sarah Adams, an artist and illustrator of wildlife, flowers and
animals. demonstrated, in watercolour, her fine detailed and accurate work, painting
at first flowers and then adding a butterfly.
On the evening of Monday November 7th ,2016 the Annual Art Exhibition was opened
by the Mayor of Carmarthen, Councillor Wyn Thomas. Then the club was privileged to
have as their judge of the exhibits, Sally Moss, who has worked extensively in the
Galleries and Museums of Wales as Curator, Lecturer and Exhibition Officer. Sally
gave a most entertains and informative speech about the value of art and the history
of Carmarthen Sketch Club, which was established in 1929, and has met continuously
ever since, except for the war years. She also commented on the difficulties of judging
such a variety of work and talent from as many as 90 exhibits. The Edith Lodwick Memorial
Trophy for the overall winner was won by Denis Comey. The John Hutchins Memorial
Trophy for a landscape in any medium was won by Margaret Lewis and the Dr John Crane
Memorial Trophy for non-representational art was won by Ian Wilkins.
On Thursday 27th October 2016, Bob Reeves, a well known Pembrokeshire artist, sculptor,
and accomplished poet gave a talk to the club. He illustrated how the love of the
Welsh landscape influences and inspires his painting and his poetry. The self taught
artist lays down his paint in a series of glazes, giving the work light and energy,
particular effective in his abstract works.
The talk was much appreciated by the members of the club and a vote of thanks was
At Pontargothi Memorial Hall on Thursday 23 March 2017. The Carmarthen Sketch Club
members were once again treated to an inspiring demonstration by the Canadian born
artist Elaine Graham. Elaine demonstrated 'Architecture in the Landscape' and explained
how she tries to make the buildings be part of the landscape and not just sit in
the landscape. She showed how they can blend and contrast with the surrounding landscape
through colour and texture using a variety of tools to paint. Elaine demonstrated
two landscapes, and following this members were invited to paint their own landscapes
and were given guidance and critique on their work with some lovely results. The
completed works will be shown at our next meeting on Thursday April 6th.