11th August – 18th September 2022 Canwood Gallery
Featured Artists supporting Save the Wye
See our Save the Wye page for information on how you can get involved! https://canwoodgallery.com/savethewye
I was lucky to be born and to grow up in Herefordshire – Eaton Bishop on – the banks of the Wye. Swimming, fishing, boating and messing about on the riverside were part of my childhood.
I know that the clean clear water that was life affirming to bathe in has sadly changed considerably over the past few years. The last time I swam in this particular stretch with my daughter, it was slimy and clouded and the once beautiful viridian river weed wasn’t to be seen. I am so sad about this.
My father, who was also an artist, made paintings of the river and now I too am seeing this river as a great source of inspiration for my recent series of monoprints.
- Guardian Monoprints, size 59 x 49 cm £545
- Tales from the River bank, size 59 x 49 cm £925
- Eve fishing – Carborundum print £625
- Lucky “Throw him in the river he would come up with a fish in his mouth” – Carborundum print £625
On socials I am @thefussyoctopus and the rest of the time I am Alan Viney. By day I am a Marketing Manager for a local wellbeing charity. By night, and at weekends, I am a wildlife enthusiast, an amateur photographer, an even more amateur gardener, a music lover and I also delve into poetry mode every now and again for great causes! I love supporting those who can’t speak for themselves and use my love of social media and networking to do just that.
We live a short walk away from the River Wye and visit as often as we can. It is a perfect place of tranquility, peace and bustling wildlife and to hear of its demise is sad, concerning and unacceptable. We must do everything we can to ‘Save The Wye’.
Save the Wye poem – £95
I am a photographer and I’ve been making photographs for almost 50 years. Along with my lens-based photographic work I produce traditional photographic prints by means of handmade pinhole cameras.
This Pinhole photograph shows the Bridge at Bredwardine that has spanned The River Wye since the 1760s. The photograph was taken on Saturday 23rd April 2022, with an exposure time of 7 minutes. It was hand-printed on silver bromide paper and toned with selenium.
The water that flows under the bridge has a memory which carries a history that has refreshed and fed the soul of the land for millennium. Prayer alone will not save these waters.
The Bridge at Bredwardine £220
In the late 1990s my husband and I lived close to the river, midway between Builth Wells and Hay on Wye and during this time developed an abiding connection to this force of nature in all its glory, set amongst the stunning landscape where we daily walked our dogs.
Fast forward to 2010…… now retired and living near Ross on Wye, I took the opportunity to explore a particular lasting memory, the Mayfly hatches, starting with a visit to the Natural History Museum in Kensington.
2500-3000 species worldwide are recorded, and being a sign of good water quality, are known as bio-indicators. The majority of their life cycle spent underwater feeding on algae and plants. The short-lived adult fly mates, eggs are laid back into the water; birds, reptiles and rodents predate the adult fly and benefit from their sustenance.
Fast forward to 2022……Water and insects are vital within the universe. Being curious, and making a ‘connection’, are central in the work presented here today, charged with developing respect, understanding and feelings, the corner stones of concern and care, the genesis of action.
1. ‘Mayfly Hatch’ Size: 61cm x 61cm x 5.4cm Medium: Acrylic Paint on Cradle Board. £500
2. Poem ‘Mayfly’ £95
The River Wye has been part of my family’s life since we moved to Hereford in 1991; it’s highs, its lows, its floods, its gentle summer flow; standing on the the Old Bridge in Hereford watching the fish below.
The Wye is a conduit of life. Upstream near Hay for the kids to go canoeing and further upstream for my husband to go fishing.
Walking near Erwood, the peace and quiet beauty of the river and the flora and fauna alongside it. And more recently seeing the green algae blooms at Bridge Sollars, the cloudy water, the tell tale signs of stress and trouble for this wonderful habitat rings alarm bells.
River Wye £200
I love the processes involved in printmaking. I work mostly in intaglio (etching and collagraph) and relief (lino and woodcut) but also in monotype and monoprint.
Printmaking can be a slow and almost contemplative way of working. There is always an element of surprise and, even in an edition from the same plate, each print is unique. Experimentation is essential to creativity and it does result in some outcomes being put down to experience. Nothing can be taken for granted!
I draw inspiration from the immediate surroundings in my garden, the local Herefordshire landscape and further afield. I am fascinated by the ever-changing light and the patterns it makes. On my walks and wanderings glimpses of small details, shapes and movements, along with subsequent sketches, are utilised in the print process.
Catherine van Giap
Having just relocated to Ross-on-Wye from the Isle of wight the images of fish have always been a favourite image of mine living 5 mins from the coast for 18 years .Now living so close to the beautiful river wye in Ross-on-Wye I understand and appreciate how important it is to preserve and protect wildlife living within the river .
My mosaics are stained glass mosaic wall hangings and also incorporates vintage china.
Fresh Water Mosaics Two fishes £150
‘Angel with mask’ is 50cm tall and carved from Ancaster stone.
I use angels in my work quite a bit and also the ‘supplicating’ figure.
I hope the piece will mean something very different to everyone who views it. It hasn’t been shown in public before.
One of the emotions that I’m hoping will be provoked by ‘Angel with mask’ is that sense many of us felt about the world around us when the traffic subdued and the bird noise grew in volume. Regeneration when people travel less and the joy of the natural world when you have more time to take walks local to where you live.
My partner and I test the Wye every week for phosphates. It is so much part of our mental map of Herefordshire, the place we feel blessed to live in.
Born in 1954 in the West Midlands I have lived in Much Birch for almost thirty years now. I show work in a few local galleries and belong to the VulgarEarth collective.
We have just shown at Southampton in an exhibition about coral bleaching.
Angel with mask £2000
The Wye and other rivers which we are so lucky to have in this area, and when I arrived in the area (2012) , to enjoy the visual aspects of the Wye and seeing the river life was a joy.
Having lived in Somerset where the rivers are slow and lugubrious, it was refreshing to come to an area where the rivers run clean and fast, but sadly I am saddened how quickly since moving to the area, this has changed.
Since then, I have been deeply saddened by the destruction of the river by pollutants discharged by industry, farmers, local authority sewage, and other people that senselessly harm the river. It’s a rarity to see any fish let alone wildlife in or near the Wye these days.
The environmental destruction of the river apart from the loss of the river life and impact on people’s everyday lives and tourism, must be stopped.
I like all people living on or near the Wye River valley, plus the whole country would be devasted to see the destruction not halted.
Planning laws must change to provide adequate protection for the environment
I understand that planning rules can’t control development sufficiently, and these must be changed immediately, because of the very fast diminishing wildlife and environment.
I also understand that an alternative way of processing the waste from the chicken farms has been found and that the government must step in to support farmers to use this method very quickly to save the river. This and all other measures I sincerely hope will be actioned to save the Wye before it’s too late.
Sun breaking through the clouds, watercolour – £275
The River Wye at Byford, Herefordshire.
A framed, limited edition print from an original oil painting, embossed with a certificate of authenticity. The River Wye at Byford, Herefordshire. The frame measures 14”x 11” £59
My name is Di Hemming and I am a recently retired teacher, climate activist and print maker from Hereford. I am a member of the Framework art group based at The Apple Store Gallery in Hereford.
I have lived all my life close to the River Wye, I’ve walked by it , kayaked along it and I used to regularly swim in it. In the last few years I have noticed the huge changes in the water quality and I now feel very anxious about how safe it is to swim in.
The Lost Voices of The River Wye is a series of 3 lino prints about the loss of biodiversity in the River Wye. Life in the river is being seriously depleted by pollution from sewage and agricultural pesticides, especially from intensive poultry farming.
I was inspired by the carvings on the Norman church in Kilpeck in Herefordshire , especially the mythical Celtic beasts, the twisted repeated patterns and the pre-Christian male and female figures of Sheela na gig and the Jack in the Green.
Look out for the otter, kingfisher, curlew, salmon, heron and white clawed crayfish as well as the white flowers of the water crows foot weed. Many of these animals and birds are now endangered. The crayfish and water crowsfoot have always been an indicator of the health and purity of the water in the Wye, tragically both of these are now becoming extremely rare.
The Lost Voices of the River Wye prints are a re-imagining of the ancient Kilpeck carvings, I want to capture their lively spirit and strong connection to the natural world. The print with the heron and crayfish is about human cooperation. Ultimately this will be the only way we can prevent losing the voices of the river life forever.
The Lost Voices of the River Wye £120 each
Three of us (Bryony (7), Edwina and Jon) have worked together to create this mixed-media piece, wanting to create an artwork focused on saving the river and its wildlife from the wastes going into it. We used waste packaging and plastic bubble wrap fish to highlight the long-term problem of pollution and plastics in the aquatic environment.
During lockdown we made the most of the opportunities to enjoy and learn from the wonderful Wye that we live near and used it as a place to teach our children in ‘geography field trips’ about the river and its many issues in the modern world.
God Save the King £249
I’m Peter Bills, I’m 9 years old and enjoy drawing and investigating the wildlife in my local area. I have created this piece of Art showing a kingfisher flying over the river using cardboard, paint and felt tips.
The river Wye is important to me because I like looking at the wildlife there. I really hope it is saved as it is such an amazing place.
Kingfisher flying £45
I am Emily, I am 14 years old and am a keen young artist who enjoys painting and sketching, my usual style often presents itself as abstract and illusive!
This painting is an abstract that depicts my perspective of the river Wye; warm summers, when the river shines in cyans and emeralds, and I loose track of time as the sun lowers!
(In my painting I have included shimmers of white and silver plastic, of which I personally collected around Monmouthshire, that the water consumes daily. I have placed the plastic in ways that show disruption to the average colour of the piece. The plastic shimmers when certain light hits it, this represents how people often overlook plastic and dont see it as too harmful/disruptive, even though the harms of pollution is out of control).
The river Wye is important to me because it is what connects people; my experiences of swimming or walking along the bank, canoeing down the green river is what has brought me closer to family and friends, this is why the Wye is such a staple landmark of my home – and needs to be taken care of in order to continue to provide memories for generations onward!
River Wye £75
Hi I’m Evie, I’m 16 and I live in Hereford. The river is where, towards the end of the war, my great grandparents met, and is now where they both lie at rest. I want people to have the opportunity to make memories here as they did in those previous years.
River Wye £120
Why the Wye?
The Wye is very important to me because I love the walks along it, especially Symmonds Yat, and, memorably, I learnt to canoe there as a child many decades ago. I want future children to enjoy it as much as I do.
The spirit of the river and the freedom I felt for the river as a child is expressed here in this multi media painting. I am an artist of organic abstracts that are made in layers on cradled birch play using multi media. This one is 30x30cm plus tray frame @felicityknappstudio
Spirit of the River – £230
Fiona Lenore is an artist and printmaker based in rural Gloucestershire. She is very interested in the natural world, and how to interpret and understand things through abstract mark making. She approaches image making with great curiosity and a penchant for geometric forms and vibrant colours. Find her @fiona_lenore on instagram.
The River Wye is important to me as a place to explore nature, to walk and cycle, and to swim. It breaks my heart that pollutants are having such a horrible effect, and are present in the river at all. It is such a valuable place for wildlife, aquatic or not, so I think it’s really important we don’t let this beautiful place become overly contaminated and unusable for future generations.
‘A Touch of Yellow’ and I have made it for this exhibition. This image is an abstract interpretation of the River Wye, the layering and colouring relate to the different things which impact the river, and play a role in it, whilst maintaining an air of ambiguity to allow for viewer interpretation.
My print measures 33cm x 44cm and if selected for the exhibition, will be framed. It is an edition of ten.
A Touch of Yellow – £120 (unframed prints can be available for sale at £85.)
I am a founding member of The Arborealists and an elected Associate Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. I have a personal interest in wilderness and the importance of preserving and looking after our natural resources. I am the current artist in residence at the Sidney Nolan Trust and participated in an ecol/art project in Lady Park Wood located in the gorge of the River Wye. My work ‘River On The Edge’ pays tribute to the Wye with my use of materials chosen to combine hand mulled natural pigments. I have highlighted the sanctity of clean river water using the mineral pigment lapis lazuli which represents the colour of sky reflected in water. The Azurite rock from which it is taken is magnetic and like water has healing properties. River On The Edge refers to our ancient reverence for nurturing river systems as places significant in their self cleansing properties and as ecological entities which connect all things to the oceans and therefore to all living beings.
River On The Edge. Oil and natural pigments on linen 25 x 30 cm – £1,695
I am drawn to working with glass because of the luminosity of the colours. I particularly like working with different layers of glass, piling pieces on top of each other, rather than cutting to size, As the glass fuses, it generates more variations in colour and texture, allowing hidden depths to emerge. I work with both fused and recycled glass. I am passionate about recycling and the reuse of materials, relishing the challenge of using what might otherwise be considered as waste to create works of art.
A lot of my work focuses on blues and greens, reflecting the Herefordshire
countryside around the river Wye, where I live. These harmonious colours are my lasting impression of the River Wye, which provides a beautiful focus for local inhabitants and visitors alike. However, that is sadly no longer the case. Although superficially the Wye may still look inviting; discharge, runoff, effluent, both accidental and intentional have damaged and changed it. I am delighted to be part of this “Save the Wye” exhibition to help to raise awareness and finances to support the improvements required in the Wye.
This exhibition includes some of my indoor glass work. A piece of my garden sculpture is currently on display in the garden at Canwood Gallery.
I run “Arts in the Marches” which offers a range of workshops, currently focused on stone carving and glass fusing.
I am a founding member of “Made in Ross”, the arts collective in the upstairs gallery of the Market House in the centre of Ross on Wye. Further details are available on www.madeinross.co.uk
Impressions of the River Wye then £250
Impressions of the River Wye now £250
Impressions of the River Wye Light Catchers £4 – £15
Georgina Colman is a multi-passionate creative who enjoys working across mediums. Whether that’s creating physical work or digital work, with pens and paper or cameras and software. She loves to take any opportunity to hone her creative skillset.
Statement about why the Wye is important to me:
The river Wye has been integral to the landscapes that have shaped me in my developmental years. From relocating to Llangurig as a child near the source of the River Wye where I can remember splashing around in the river, to attending school in Builth Wells knowing that if the flooding was bad we’d get a day off school (result). Here the Wye is joined by the Irfon and Dulas Brook amongst others. Then attending college in Hereford where it became more of a background character. The Wye is a prominent feature and has had an active role in one way or another.
The pandemic forced me to make the decision to return to the area, at first I was resentful of it but now I am thankful for it as I feel that though this time has been difficult it has also acted as a catalyst for deeper understanding and personal growth. Allowing for a return to self and the pivotal moment of choosing to take lessons from the water and surrender to the flow of life. For me in this current stage of life, the Wye represents healing.
The piece I have made is a scan of some experimental hand processed ILFORD HP5 PLUS 400 B&W 35mm, using a DIY developer made from beer sourced from a local brewery & water taken from Dulas Brook which is one of the 28 failed water bodies listed in the Natural Resources Wales / Compliance Assessment of the River Wye SAC Against Phosphorus Targets. I chose to take photos at locations along the Wye that were meaningful to me, accompanied by friends or family who feature in the images that have emerged in a way that is somewhat tangible. I chose to develop them with the DIY formula as I am interested in alternative development processes and wanted to see if the water sample would significantly alter the filmstock. Post development, I have scanned the negatives and manipulated them digitally to enhance some features. I have included an overlaid, barely legible, written stream of consciousness to represent how perceptions can alter with time, flowing to different states of being as our understanding develops.
Dulas Brook £600
I am deeply passionate about wildlife and the natural world. My growing sense of uneasiness and frustration about the impact of human life on the planet is what motivates me, and through my work, I strive to inspire positive change. Each creature that I study and capture on the page, with their unique features, character and soul, I hope will speak to the viewer and tell their story – and most importantly, my aim is for the viewer to truly ‘see’, listen and connect.
Through volunteering for The People’s Trust for Endangered Species, I am aware of the plight of the water vole; sadly the UK’s fastest declining mammal. Studies monitoring water vole, mink and otter numbers show that as otters have a pivotal role in river ecosystems, they likely play a huge part in supporting water vole numbers. The River Wye, in recent years, has provided a home for one of the densest and most well-established otter populations in Britain – what better reason to study a stunning, underwater otter to enter into this fantastic exhibition, raising funds to help save the Wye. We need a healthy river, and so do the many wild animals that depend upon its waters for their survival. @hollykirkhamartist
‘Lutra lutra’, in black ink, 59cm x 59cm £450
I am a keen local artist in Hereford having returned to my hometown after 40 years. As a teenager I was tempted away to the bright lights of London then worked abroad. On my return I now appreciate the beauty of the County and particularly the Wye, which runs through it’s heart. In Lockdown it was a godsend to be able to walk up to the nearby Victoria footbridge and sit by the river to relax.
As an Artist I have come to love wildlife and fear what will be lost if the Wye deteriorates further. We cannot lose the beauty, history and biodiversity of our wonderful river.
Thoughtful Owl £200
Curious Badger £200
March Hare £300
I am a mixed media artist living just outside Hereford, and returned to a more serious art practice during the first lockdown in 2020 after many years of working within the NHS.
I take inspiration from inter relationship between the natural world and the humanity that interacts and lives within it. The paintings are an abstraction of time spent walking by the river near the many ‘on-Wye’ towns during periods of lockdown, and the joy, healing and resilience I gained from that time spent in nature when times were tough in my professional life. The river wye is important to me in the same way that all nature is important to me- I appreciate and gain pleasure from its beauty, whilst remain in awe of it’s power and importance in the history and development of the landscape and the populations it has served over thousands of years. I am always fascinated by the interaction between the river and people, and believe that now is the time we need to concentrate on repaying the river for what it has given us willingly, and we have accepted without thinking.
The works include elements found in and near the water, acrylic paint, oil pastels, mono prints and collaged maps, all coming together to represent the complex co-dependencies of rivers and human populations. The mixed media pieces are 38cms x28 cms, on cradled wooden panels, sealed and varnished.
I first encountered the wonderful River Wye, aged 10 years old, on a memorable school journey from my Crouch End Primary School in North London. I never forgot that experience, and many years later found myself living within view of the River Wye by Castle Green.
My early memories influenced me to seek out this location where I now live very happily with my husband. Watching the River Wye throughout the seasons in its many guises has influenced my work as an artist.
I walk twice a day with my Sheltie across Victoria Bridge along the Wye and Bishops Meadow to the Old Bridge and back to Castle Green via the Cathedral.
I have noticed changes,… there are far fewer swans this year, compared to previous years. There are far fewer fish to be seen under the bridges … and the otter has disappeared. Likewise, the Goosanders which migrated here regularly seem to have disappeared,
Perhaps due to fewer fish.
Saving the River Wye from further pollution is vital to preserve this magnificent river for future generations.
Early morning mist £1450
The Wye at Symonds Yat £915
Jo Hare, Liz Nichols and Anita Davies
The river is like a gift we can all gain from, whether it be peace, fulfilment, happiness and tranquillity. It provides work and employment, nourishment and leisure, together with the opportunity for all peoples to gain a closeness to nature and all that that brings to enrich our understandings.
Three painting friends, booked a day by the Wye at Tresseck Campsite, Hoarwithy with the intention of making a collaborative piece of work responding to the river, the bright sunny day and the energy and activity of the place.
Back in the Studio combining aspects of individual painting, decisions were made on what to keep and what to leave out, followed by some vigorous mark making – working quickly to retain spontaneity, and so bring the whole together in a way which reflected their experience.
Title: The Spirit of Gwy Medium: Mixed Media Size: 110 cm H x 70cm W By: Jo Hare, Liz Nichols, Anita Davies £895
Title: ‘… of splash and swim and float-beneath-the-sky.’ Medium: Mixed Media. Title taken from a poem called Wye Watershed by Roger Hare. Size: 40 cm x 40 cm 3895 By: Jo Hare, Liz Nichols, Anita Davies £465
I am currently studying Fine Art (BA) at Hereford College of Arts. Much of my work explores my concerns about the state of our environment and loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity is not only about polar bears, orangutangs or rain forest birds it is also about what we stand to lose from our own backyard. The River Wye is close to my home and my heart, it is a regular feature of my walks and my art. Each spotting of the kingfisher darting along the water or the heron standing gracefully by the water’s edge is, to me, a sign of hope. This is the third project I have created about the Wye.
The Alchemy of 20 Million Chickens
This collage is about what we hold up as a sacrifice to get what we want, what we continue to expect to be able to have.
The River Wye is in crisis, in part due to the high concentration of intensive poultry units in Herefordshire and Powys. Chicken excrement contains four times the amount of phosphate than other animals. The land cannot absorb any more and the phosphate is running into the river, creating algal blooms which starve the water of oxygen.
The artwork (Collage on reversed picture frames size 132cm x 102cm)
The Alchemy of 20 Million Chickens £350
The Wye punctuates the countryside where we live, meandering from the nearby villages of Sellack, Hoarwithy, and Ballingham, and across the footbridges to Hole-in-the-Wall and Ross-on-Wye. We have seen the river in all its seasons, in flood and drought. We’ve seen swans, geese and herons on it, kingfishers and dragonflies fly across it, and salmon and brown trout swim beneath its surface. Yet over the past few years we’ve seen this precious ecology threatened, simply because of the nation’s desire for cheap chicken meat and free-range eggs. This wonderful river, once voted the UK’s favourite, has increasingly become victim to pollution from chicken farms, resulting in a proliferation of algae which cuts out sunlight, endangers its fish and native invertebrates, and turns the water green.
I identify as a painter-potter, specialising in landscapes in oil or acrylic. For me, the artistic experience is a harmonious, close encounter with the environment, above and below ground, with what I see and touch, so the colours of my painting palette echo my glazes. I use dug local clays which intuitively react with my organic, interactive celadon glazes to create spontaneous Chun effects, evoking water and skies, and reminiscent of this river at its best.
Golden Mile Ballingham £300. The Wye Hole in Wye £215. Below Kerne Bridge £215. Glimpse, Hoarwithy £215. Underwater fennel £215. Perfoliate pondweed £215 Perfoliate pondweed 2 £215 Red Stemmed Milfoil £215
Chun Planter £95 Chun Jug £120 Chun Plate £95 Chun Bowl £95 Wildlife Bowl £95 Swan Jars £55
This piece is called Time to Reflect, it’s oil on canvas and was created in 2021. It’s created from a photograph I took during all the flooding.
The river Wye has been a huge source of inspiration for me since choosing to lockdown in Monmouth back in March 2020 but it’s also played a big part in my recovery from poor mental health too. I’ve spent many weeks sitting by the river in the last two years, painting, watching and finding peace. I’ve stood in the middle of the river and let it run past me, helping me to let go of things.
I’ve connected with Angela Jones, helping her to raise awareness of the terrible condition of the Wye and have created some artwork for her talks at schools and other events.
Time to Reflect, £600.
In this series of sublimation prints, I have subverted images taken whilst on a bike ride withfriends, in and around the River Wye in Hereford. These images, originally polaroids, have been enlarged on a photocopier, scanned in, further enlarged and then printed onto woven textile. The figures in the images are abstracted and non-discernable, nor is the time in which the original image was taken, whereas the locations are somewhat recognisable, thus presenting a relatable memory as opposed to one specific to myself. The series of works are intended to invite viewers to reminisce about their own experiences at the river’s side and appreciate the beauty that it holds.
I have spent many hours with friends alongside the river, on long walks, skimming stones,exploring beaches, and swimming. On said walks, I have spotted and picked up an extraordinary amount of plastics and other rubbish from its bank. I have seen an upsurgence in dead fish and birds surrounding its edges. We need to act now so that we may continue to have these good times by the river for years to come.
5 Sublimation Prints, approximately 50x70cm. £400
Our Landscapes constantly change. From the formation of river meanders to the erosion of our mountains, it is all part of a natural process.
The River Wye has been at the heart of its riverside communities for hundreds of years. But what was once the main transportation link for people, foods and goods is today carrying a new cargo- Plastics out into the ocean.
We eat, drink and even breathe plastic. It is not a necessity yet we treat it as one, contributing to a potentially deadly and irreversible change to both our climate and landscapes. The presence of plastics in our environment has created a silent monster, floating in our oceans poisoning our wildlife and even us.
Over the years people worldwide have ventured to the River Wye to admire the views of this beautiful place we call home. How much longer will we want to visit it if all we see is plastic?
I’ve grown up rowing, canoeing and swimming in the Wye. It’s such an important part of so many people’s lives and the reason The Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty. I worry for how much longer it can hold this title, whilst the pollution and destruction of its water continues. This work is my response to the rapid decline of species and water quality.
Fish Supper £150
The Wye @ Symonds Yat £450
The Wye Wyndcliffe £450
My name is Leif, I’m an artist/illustrator based in Hereford and I work with a variety of mixed mediums to create my work.
The image I made for this exhibition is inspired in part to my “mundane” landscape painting work. I wanted to take the time to paint a detail of the riverside that is used and walked past by locals often, but is usually overlooked and taken for granted.
The River Wye is something I myself probably take for granted, but is somewhere I walk beside when I need to relax and take some piece of mind. I enjoy my time spent watching the river flow by, and to think the native wildlife there won’t be much longer is devastating.
I hope to help bring more awareness to this pressing issue to more people who may also take their surroundings for granted.
River Wye £120
I was born and bred in Hereford – even the name Hereford points to the river and without it we would not exist.
When I was young the river used to flood a lot; I would wander down to the old bridge to take a look.. to run and stand on the middle of the Victoria bridge! I was on an island then. Just me and the bridge and the water.
wonderful memories of being a child on a boat and about to sail off on a grand adventure, so that’s why this picture is of the Victoria bridge at night, flooded all around.
Victoria Bridge £400
My background is in life drawing, mixed media paintings, textiles and ceramics. I go out into the hills and draw on a regular basis and then I return to the studio to translate my sketches into paintings.
Member of Y Llunwyr / The Picturemakers since January 2016
lindsaydaviespainter on Instagram
My passion has always been and remains, the landscapes of mid Wales. I love the wild places near Rhayader, easily accessible on foot.
I live within 5 minutes walk of the River Wye and walk by it daily with my dogs. I watch and love it in all its seasons. It is elusive, changeable and now under threat.
This summer I have seen it dwindle to the lowest level I have seen in 25 years.
Deep pools in the Wye £475
In 1984 I won first prize for painting at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Since then my creative adventures have included illustrating flowers for Kew Gardens and David Attenborough, designing for Saatchi and Saatchi, and creating artwork for Halcyon Days, Bond Street. All very different and wonderful experiences. Over the past 20 plus years I have also worked in further education, where it has been a privilege to support the progression of so many talented and wonderful students.
In recent years I have discovered the medium of glass which I absolutely love. I am drawn to both its strength and fragility, and my part in being able to manipulate and control it. I enjoy exploring how one might encase elements, even metal, within layers of glass. I like to use texture and light refraction to entice the viewer to touch, even though they know how fragile glass is. As a result much of my work, even the bowls, feature surface texture. Working with glass is a compulsion and so most days I can be found in my studio located in the beautiful Wye Valley.
The River Wye’s importance to me
I have been drawn to the Wye Valley and the river all my life. Its beauty has me in awe, and I feel privileged to live so near it; I experience both its beauty and force every day. Glass is undoubtedly a fragile medium, yet when kiln fused to 6mm it has a strength to it. This dichotomy can also be said of the River Wye whose strength and ability to cause destruction through flood, yet its fragility in the face of pollutants entering it are both evident. I feel passionately that we should be protecting all our rivers, but especially the River Wye.
The Lady of the Wye
This piece comprises 3 panels held in a metal frame. The panels are made from kiln fused and sandblasted glass. The piece was made to celebrate all those involved in the local and national campaigns challenging policy in a bid to ensure that the environmental destruction of the Wye is halted. The arcs of blue and green, beads and dichroic glass form a fanfare of colour and light representing the joy that the River Wye brings to myself and others. The etherial sandblasted figure represents the spirit of the river, Vaga, the mythical life force of the Wye. “Beauty is what I seek. I shall travel south through the valleys and forests, and sing to all the creatures that I find on my way. The fish will find in my path a nursery, and a safe route for the salmon. I wish for my waters to bring pleasure and joy to all that know me”
Jones, Pollyanna. ‘The River Daughters of Plynlimon’. Www.Letterpile.Com, 15 Nov 2021, https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/The-River-Daughters-of-Plynlimon.
The Lady of the Wye (outdoor sculpture) £450
The Lady of the Wye (Olive Wood stand) £350
I’m a mixed media artist, using traditional techniques in contemporary contexts. This is a memory piece of dappled glimpses of the Wye from the banks in Spring.
Sitting on the banks of the Wye is a unique pleasure for Herefordians. For me, it’s a place of calm, inspiration and joyous memories. This ritual is passed from generation to generation and shouldn’t be left as history if the river becomes too dangerously polluted.
Impressions from the riverbank £350
I am a painter living beside The Malvern Hills.
Landscapes, especially wilder landscape have always been a source of inspiration for me.
Why the River Wye is important to me:
Any worries are washed out of me as I walk beside this beautiful river.
The evidence of geological time as the river carves it’s way to the sea, offers a deep and refreshing perspective on everyday life.
The river offers me whatever I need, calm, comfort or energy, it really is the most consistent therapist.
Wintour’s Leap, River Wye. Gesso and Acrylic on 300lb cotton paper 56cm x 76cm £725
The river’s implacable flow to the sea has carved elegant calligraphy into the landscape, nowhere better seen than from Wintour’s Leap.
St Peter’s Church £725
My family lived on the banks of the Wye at Bridge Sollars for 30 years. We grew up with it as our playground, our nature observatory – it was our habitat, and our first love.
There is no more beautiful river than our beloved Wye.
Now I live near the sea, in Brighton – but at night in my dreams I leap upstream.
Poem The Wye at Bridge Solars £89
I’m a ceramicist & illustrator living and working in rural Herefordshire. My Porcelain sculptural pieces are usually inspired by automatic drawings in my sketchbook, and they are kept black and white to reflect the nature of a sketch.
For this exhibition I was inspired by the story of the 3 sisters and the Wye’s desire to seek beauty and tranquillity, making harmony with nature as she made her journey to the Sea.
Within the sculpture, you can see plants and wildlife that the River Wye is known for. I wanted this piece to be a celebration of the Wye, and she has been adorned with 24-carat gold lustre to highlight her preciousness.
Rivers are lifelines. The Wye is home to an abundance of wildlife, including some uncommon and rare species for example the beautiful Water Crowsfoot. We won’t realise the trule scale of what we have lost until it is gone – I hope it doesn’t come to that.
Our lady Wye £950
My name is Lynda Jones , I’m a professional artist and I live and work in Monmouth. I paint landscapes , the area around me and also further afield. I get inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of the Wye Valley and the ancient and rich history of the area.
I work mainly to commission , have had several solo exhibitions and have work in galleries too. My artwork can be seen on Instagram at @lyndajonesmonmouth
The river Wye is so important , it is the focus and the vein that runs through this area. I have lived here a long time and have seen the Wye degenerate over the years , become clogged and poisoned . It is such a beautiful, special and inspiring river in its variety and at different times of the year , it’s means so much to everyone and is vital to wildlife .
It’s is not a sewer and should not be treated as such by organisations etc that act without thinking and without getting held responsible for their behaviour.
The Blue Lady of Hadnock – oil on thick framed canvas , measures 40x65cm. The mythology and legends of the Wye have inspired me to create this artwork. It is based on a story of an apparition that has been seen drifting through the fields by the Wye in Hadnock , just north of Monmouth. £525
This work is about that Wye…it’s dark and moody just like I sometimes feel when I sit by the river and do not see the plant, bird and insect life as I have in the past. I live half a mile from the river, if I do not see it daily feel I have neglected myself…it is a life stream for me I feel it’s loss deeply…
Light catches the river £350
I’m a wild swimmer, farmers wife and “Nuno” of a four year old. I am distraught at the changes I see in the Wye and Lugg. Three decades ago whilst rafting for the charity race we used to have to fight our way through glorious vegetation. Now when leaving the rivers we have to sluice off brown sludge, I fear for the future if we don’t do something immediately.
My work comprises of wheel thrown, altered pots with lines of movement dreaming of reinstated, rescued landscapes.
Hand Thrown plated, slip and glaze, hand coloured. Transparent glaze and American Black glaze courtesy of Melanie Brown Electric fired. Piece 1 £18, Piece 2 £18, Piece 3 £18, Piece 4 £18, Piece 5 £18, Piece 6 £18, Piece 7 £18, Piece 8 £16, Piece 9 £16, Piece 10 £20, Piece 11 £20, Piece 12 £25
Mark P Robbins
I am very fond of the Wye, hard to say any more than that; I remember canoeing and fishing happily in previous years.
For myself, I am an LSA and AWH artist and have exhibited at Canwood in the Pemba exhibition.
‘Why oh Wye: side view’ and ‘Why oh Wye: surface view’. Part of a ruined river series. £800
My name is Meg, I am a fine artist and illustrator currently based in Hereford, UK and have lived here for most of my life. I am passionate about protecting the environment and have a deep connection in particular to the Herefordshire countryside, which has always inspired my work and provided solace.
I am always inspired by landscapes and how this reflects and is intrinsically linked to humanity and our ‘inner landscape’. The way we treat nature speaks volumes about our relationship with ourselves, something I feel we are increasingly losing touch with as we lose touch with nature.
Another prominent motivation for my work is building a more just and fair system. For me, environmentalism and a socially just society are inherently interconnected. When environmental disaster strikes, it is the poor and disadvantaged who suffer most.
The watercolour was made on a sunny day on the Warren at Hay-on-Wye. I have so many precious memories of swimming and relaxing here on warm days. I feel so lucky to have had the river throughout my life and have seen it in better days when it was clear and safe to swim in. It’s so sad to see it in its current state and I hope we can see it return to its previous clear waters and all enjoy swimming in it again. The Warren at Hay on Wye £150
The Negelected River is a less cheerful image of the Wye. It shows how we’ve neglected it, now murky green and browns swirl in the water and rubbish is strewn on its banks. £600
The Wye over Hereford was made of the river flowing through Hereford. The scene is murky, the trees are bright but there is a sense of foreboding about the landscape’s future. £600
Homage to the River was made during lockdown and is a reflection of my concerns about the river (and our climate in general) suffering from our use of plastic and chemicals. The flood sign underwater is a symbol that we’re already in crisis and yet we seem to still have our heads stuck in the sand. £350
My name is Meryl Cain, I live in Eaton Bishop, which is just a short walk from the river Wye. I mostly paint in watercolour and acrylics and often draw my inspiration from the surrounding countryside. I lived away from Herefordshire for some years and on the day I returned was walking by the Wye when an otter popped up and looked at me – I was enchanted, it is an image that stayed with me and signifies returning to my beloved County to happily retire. The fantasy painting is about childhood memories of games we would play by a brook. We would create fantastical stories with imaginary fairy and animal friends.
The River Wye has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember, as a child you accept it as just ‘there’ as a playground for hot summer days, as an adult you realise the blessing of being able to enjoy the wonderfully diverse range of flora and fauna that thrives because of it. I hope that future generations are able to appreciate the joy of the Wye and that I am able to play a small part in ‘Save The Wye’.
- Otter in the Wye. Acrylic 44 x 44cms £480
- Flowing down to the Wye, a fantasy brook. Acrylic 54 x 44cms £480
Damhán is an artist based in Hereford city. She is inspired by geography, landscape and things that feel ethereal. This artwork is an oil painting of the Wye on its way out of Hereford past Bartonsham Meadows at dusk. Damhán likes it here because it feels like a safe space, with a sense of being remote while still being close to home.
“Having grown up in Birmingham, a city that owes its growth to the canal network, as well as spending a lot of time in the Fermanagh Lakelands as a teenager and young adult, I am very aware of the grounding nature of waterways, the good they do for the local wildlife and how that in turn benefits the local community. When I first moved to Hereford I was drawn to the Wye and fascinated by the way it shapes the city and the individual lives of those who live near it.”
Bartonsham Meadows £180
Materials list: birch plywood hide glue gesso bob ross oil paint Dimensions: 30cmx30cm unframed.
My name is Omar Majeed, and I’m an interdisciplinary artist, working in painting, music, and in this instance, text based art. My connection to the river is best summarised in the piece I’m submitting – childhood memories of playing in the water that may not be available to my 2yo daughter.
Paddling Poem £100
Implied abstract imagery reveals conflict between beauty and desolation ,whilst Romanticism and Modernism combine with clashing qualities of drawing and painting. Images develop through a series of intuitive acts. Repeated applications of thin films of ink and paint build depth and patina. Layers are often removed by washing and scrubbing, revealing a palimpsest of faded marks and former painterly decisions, exposing the underbelly, vulnerable and tender.
Living and working in Herefordshire, my work has developed to include the industrial overlaid with the pastoral. The resulting image reflects similar fates of both genres and the fate of the Wye.
The 5th largest river in the UK the Wye is a vital artery carrying essential supplies to promote the health of our county. If it fails we will be sick, our land our animals ourselves.
Abstract the Wye acrylic and ink on canvas. 120cm x 100cm. £2800
I have watched kingfishers many times when out painting and walking along the Wye. Although my encounters with these magnificent birds are markedly less frequent these days, the illuminating flash from one of Hereford’s bridges makes my day!
I graduated in Fine Art in 2008 and have continued working in Herefordshire as an artist ever since. A painter with a passion for our native trees and woodland, my practice is a cycle of outdoor exploration and studio work as a distillation of these experiences. Most of my paintings are created out of long term projects about specific locations, many of which are along the Wye valley and its tributaries e.g. Lady Park Wood, Lea & Paget’s Wood, Lugg valley. My language is a mix of traditional representations and more experimental marks and colours to try and communicate the sounds, smells and feel of these places alongside my deep emotional connection with them. I am an invited member of The Arborealists, a national group of artists united around the tree motif. My current studio is at Unit 6 in central Hereford.
I care passionately about our county’s wildlife and am in my seventh year in the volunteer role of artist-in-residence with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. My current project, in partnership with the Apple Store Gallery and a group of invited artists and poets, focuses on the Yazor Brook Restoration Project led by HWT’s Hereford Branch. The brook system crosses the city and flows into the Wye near Eign Road so is one small but important contributor to the health (or otherwise) of our river.
I have loved the Wye since I moved to Herefordshire in 2000, and want to contribute what I can towards saving it so have recently begun to help HWT with practical work such as tree planting and riverfly monitoring alongside my creative work.
The Last Supper Medium: watercolour Size: 30 X 30 cm Signed on reverse £350
I am a Hereford based artist whose subject is the landscape, trees and hills of Herefordshire. I have curated an exhibition about the hills in the Marches currently at Ludlow Assembly Rooms ‘Six artists in search of a perfect hill’. I recently collaborated on a painting into a film project celebrating Hereford’s Orchards commissioned by Apples and People that can be accessed at https://applesandpeople.org.uk/pissarro/.
I painted a 13m panorama of the Borders for the exhibition of Mary Rennell ‘Round the Year from Stonewall Hill’ exhibited in 2021 at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.
The Wye and the other rivers of Herefordshire mean a lot to me not just as beautiful places to walk but as natural rivers that should be respected and allowed to do their own thing, such as flood in winter. In 2019 I led a Big Draw project with Rural Media creating a 35 metre long watercolour scroll drawing ‘A journey through ‘Herefordshire’ of a year in Herefordshire through the seasons. The River Wye features in nearly half of its length, which reflects the Wye’s importance to the identity of the county.
Winter Floods, oil on canvas, 86 cm x 101.5 cm 2015/22. £930
I am a local artist who specialises in Japanese Woodblock printmaking (Mokuhanga) . I make my own original prints which are handprinted in small limited editions on handmade Japanese paper.
I also teach the process and am a member of Creative Breaks, a local group that promotes creativity for all by offering workshops in a diverse range of arts and crafts.
I originally trained as a painter and printmaker at Bath Academy of Art, and have worked as photographer and artist since then. I travelled to Japan on a QEST scholarship to study Mokuhanga, and now have Arts Council funding to return as soon as possible to study this amazing and unique artform in greater depth.
As a committed environmental campaigner since I was a teenager, I value the rivers and especially the Wye, having walked by it, canoed on it and swum in it for many years. I have painted it and love it in so many ways, as part of our culture and heritage, our landscape and our ecosystem. it is such a major feature of life in Herefordshire, both past and present, and the woeful and unhealthy state of the river reflects the lack of respect and reciprocity of our dominant culture and ideology for nature.
This piece is a small woodblock print (16x32cm) of the ‘River Wye at Kerne Bridge’ on an icy winter morning. Its printed with sumi ink and handmade watercolours on handmade Japanese Misumi paper. It is professionally float mounted to show the handmade paper quality, in a limed oak frame.
Price : £300
The River Wye and its tributaries are important to me as a landscape photographer. I am drawn to, and have an affinity with wild and natural places. They lift the spirit and provide space to think and breathe. As an ecosystem, they provide the sustenance and support for an entire region, its flora and fauna, without complaint or recognition. At this dire time, however, when the material mind is at its most rapacious, what is wild needs our support if we are to more than just survive. Rivers have a rich history in the symbolic life of mankind, and like the Tree of Life, tell of what is necessary for all of life to thrive.
Born of mixed heritage, Eastern and Western, Russell Goodwin is driven to resolve the dynamic between heart and mind, the rational and the poetic, the seen and unseen. Engaged in this dichotomy shapes the way he sees the world and his practice as a visual artist.
Both images are of the flood plain of the River Lugg in full spate, near the village of Moreton, just north of Hereford. One depicts a wide view of the flood plain and its normally hidden topography. The other is a semi-abstract view, bathed in the voluptuous colour of dawn, of a bend in the Lugg that has burst its banks.
Flood Plain £999
Sandrina takes most of her inspiration from studying nature, she collects pieces of gnarled wood to which copper is added to make functional bowls and garden sculptures. She also applies her love of working with fire by using an 19th century Japanese technique called Shou-sugi-ban This technique blackens and scores the wood which preserves it and helps repel insects.
The river Wye was voted the nations favourite river 12 years ago. It is one of the most important national rivers in Britain. The wye needs this status back and I want a river for Angela to swim safely.
Wye fit to swim
Wood copper and iridescent beads. The wood represents the many wooded areas the Wye flows through. The copper the many bridges that cross the river. The iridescent beads represent the water and hopefully the return of the salmon eggs.£250
Source to the Sea £300
Having lived in Herefordshire for 38 years I grew up in the beautiful countryside around Ledbury spending a lot of time in Hereford and Hay on Wye . A family friend took me fly fishing on stretches of the Wye which involved long rambles along and in the river which taught me the importance of a balanced ecosystem and the way nature worked .
Later on whilst working in and around Herford I looked forward to seeing the river at any opportunity. Spending many weekends camping ,fishing and canoeing up and down the waterway this was a wonderful adventure I will always remember .
Under the Whitney Toll Bridge £250
On occasion whenever we visited Hay on Wye I always took the route over this magnificent stone and timber bridge hearing the sound of the wheels crossing the deck and almost feeling the structure move beneath the car was a moving experience which until I decided to paint the picture I had forgotten. At first I wanted an abstract colourful image but every evening as I sat down to paint some more this picture emerged.
I hope you like it. It’s not exact but I think it captures the landscape, colours and activities which take place in over and around the riverside.
About myself: I sculpt full time mostly ceramic and bronze. Apart from local exhibitions
my primary outlet has been through hArt and from my studio in Canon Frome, Herefordshire.
I would like to add that I whole heartedly support your Gallery, and in particular your own and River Action’s efforts to save the river Wye (and all other rivers) from their long term wanton degradation through the short term pursuit of profit.
A La Peche de Temps Perdue (literally Fishing For Lost Time)
Mixed Media (ceramic, aluminium, acrylic mirror)
Size: 480x165x440mm £500
I studied wildlife conservation for my Master’s degree and realise the importance of our waterways. We have very clear scientific evidence that points us in the right direction for conserving our rivers – we need low nutrient input, allowing diversified habitat mosaics with slow and fast running water and winds in the river, and having banks filled with natural vegetation to stop erosion. It saddens me to hear that the Wye is being neglected and phosphate levels are being allowed to build up. This is something that lasts a long time in the water, so acting now is of utmost importance, before we are stuck with toxic waters in the long term.
The first piece is about environmental degradation and features a ghostly spirit sleeping on a huge cut down tree. It’s called “Aisling” £470
The second is about the blood of the environment that many of us get on our hands, and features a figure under a river of red cloth that spreads through a dark forest. It’s called “Sanguis” £470
I am a member of HACS Hereford Arts Society .I have painted for many years and have had a number of exhibitions in London and South East England ,before moving to Hereford in 2019.
My subjects are quite eclectic ,including abstract ,figurative ,portraits and wildlife .For me art is about form, movement and colour .I love the Herefordshire countryside and the Wye river meandering through is both beautiful and iconic. Like many i believe it is too precious to be spoilt and damaged by pollution and chemicals .The positive effects of nature on our mental health are immeasurable.
Abstract Oil painting on box canvas called Summertime on the Wye – 120 cm x 100cm £500
I live within 5 minutes walk of the river in Ross-on-Wye and walk along its banks every day. I take joy from watching the birdlife on the river and am deeply shocked to the threat to the biodiversity caused by adverse farming practices. Raku, a Japanese firing technique which translates as “joy” or “happiness”, seems an appropriate technique to highlight this issue.
Large black and white raku fired pot decorated with images of fish. I used the distressed surface produced by the raku firing process to reflect the damage to the water quality of the Wye and the effect on fish in the river and other wildlife. £60
I am deeply saddened that the mighty River Wye is in danger of ecological collapse. I am an avid bird watcher and am witnessing a sudden decline in all river birds. The pollution from chicken manure, coupled with avian flu is a severe threat to the river and every species of life.
The Wye £325
I am a local Artist & Sculptor based in Clehonger. The piece is inspired by the river wye and is called ‘ The Wye’s riches’
‘To me, The River Wye is the lifeline of the Herefordshire Countryside. Its important to me as I have many years of fond memories of my late husband Fly fishing the Wye. Peace, tranquility, beauty.
This is my safe haven to go to remember as a young widow’
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