Tonight I traveled to Swansea, a coastal town about an hour west of Cardiff, to attend two gallery openings. I went with Nikki Morgan, from Wales Arts International, who was my generous hostess for the evening and Eva, a lovely poet from Belgium who was in Wales for a month long writing residency.
We arrived early so we drove around the bay and had dinner on the water. We then attended the opening for Hope Davey at the Mission Gallery, a beautiful small former chapel with the most amazing windows and a terrific selection of contemporary craft. The show was a combination of photographs and video that the artist took of herself within the empty chapel.
We then went to Glynn Vivian Art gallery which had a show of paintings by Gareth Hugh Davies, which featured large nightscapes of forests and fields.
It's always fun to attend art openings, especially with such good company. One of my favorite parts of the evening was actually the ride home and the conversation we had about writing and art and what elements within it touch people and why. Eva has a beautifully precise and poetic way with words and concepts that was simply a pleasure to listen to.