The Wye Valley Arts Centre
Courses in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Crafts, Local History and Creative Writing are held at The Coach House, a country house of great character overlooking the Wye Valley, a few miles upstream from Tintern Abbey. The philosophy is that a well-fed, well-rested artist is all the more creative, and at the Centre, inspirational tuition goes hand in hand with creature comforts. Both day and residential courses are available, with a ground floor bedroom suitable for a wheelchair.
For those interested in the area, our Wordsworth Valley course may be of interest, walking the route that Wordsworth may have walked to Tintern, and looking at his work. For info on this and other courses please have a look at our site : www.wyeart.mcmail.com
ALAN BOAST lived in Tintern from 1975 until recently. He now lives in the near-by village of Brockweir and still keeps all his contacts with Tintern. He has been painting and sculpting full-time since 1992. His main activity is oil painting and his style is somewhere between realistic and impressionistic. He captures the life around him with landscapes, townscapes, seascapes and portraits. His sculpture is mainly from life in ceramic, stone and plaster. Subjects include portraits, allegorical figures and celtic patterns. Alan has studied under Richard Wills the Welsh portrait painter. He has exhibited in many venues including London, Edinburgh and Cardiff. He has been commissioned for a variety of subjects, many of which are portraits. Alan Boast Tel: 01291-689266
Alan now has his own website on www.alanboast.co.uk
JEAN GOODHIND lives in Tintern now but grew up on one of the toughest council estates in Bristol where it wasn't healthy to be different and downright dangerous to be clever. Telling stories, writing plays and musicals and promising a starring role to a streetwise role model, was her way of trying to fit in.
She now writes as Jeannie Johnson and has produced her first major book The Rest Of Our Lives, a warm perceptive saga set in Bristol at the end of the Second World War
Besides writing, she is also a member of Equity and has appeared on television in Casualty, Holby City, Pobol y Cwm, Border Café and numerous others. She also won the BBC Radio Funny Five Minutes competition, part of the New Talent Scheme. From the four finalists the listeners voted for the runaway winner Second Time Around and it is now being developed into a half hour sitcom series.
The Rest Of Our Lives is her first book for Orion Publishing and follows the lives of three women in Bristol following the Second World War and was published in hardback on the 21st of February 2002. The book has become a best seller on Amazon. Paperback publication will be some time in August 2002. The sequel, A Penny For Tomorrow which starts in Coronation Year, will be published in hardback in February 2003.
The first of a nineteenth century trilogy of the sugar trade is scheduled to follow that.
Jean is available for talks. She usually addresses professional writers associations like the RNA, Winchester Conference (St Alfred's College), Caerleon (University of Wales) and Bristol Libraries etc., but for a cup of tea and a biscuit, she will speak anywhere.
Jean has her own website at www.jeanniejohnson.net
We are sorry to have to announce that our contributor, Grantley James, died on the 1st August 2001. He will be greatly missed by many in the village, and by his readers of other publications. Grantley's funeral was held at St Mary's Church, Chepstow on the 10th August. There was a very large congregation present. A Memory of Grantley has been added to Grantley's Diary.
Grantley was a local author and freelance journalist who contributed to both Radio Wales and a number of magazines including "Sailing Today" and "Cambria", together with a regular column in the South Wales Argus feature "Grassroots". Features ranged between humourous and historic, drawing on his experiences in a wide range of professions including time as a member of a dance band and crewing racing trimarans. His self-published booklet "Rambling through Life" catalogues this varied lifestyle, whilst a series of booklets tell the history of Tintern in his somewhat lighthearted anecdotal style.
Many of his articles were used as the basis of Grantley's Tintern Diary on this website.
DON LAVELLE lives in the area and can often be seen in Tintern or along the banks of The Wye with his easel and paints recreating on canvas the magnificent scenery.
Don works in both oils and watercolours, more examples of his work can be viewed on http://website.lineone.net/~don.lavelle
JANE RHODES is an artist who moved into Tintern following early retirement in 1996 so that she could engage in full time painting. She is a landscape artist painting in an abstract expressionist style. She uses acrylic and oils to achieve her designs, often working on three canvases to reach her final image. The paintings demonstrate an emphasis on design and colour, but also hopefully retain the essential quality of the original landscape. Jane Rhodes studies under Kenneth Webb, a leading landscape artist in the British Isles.
Jane Rhodes now has her own web site at www.beechwoodtint.fsnet.co.uk