On the morning of Saturday the 5th January 2019 

21 members caught Elfyn Thomas's coach at the Station Car Park in Porthmadog.  


Alive with Anticipation and Curiosity we passed away the time to Manchester with envelopes containing clues. 


The Lowry Centre our first venue for the day was to hopefully satisfy that curiosity.  


The exhibition for which we had arranged a guided tour was titled'LOWRY &  THE PRE-RAPHAELITES' An Exhibition exploring LS LOWRY's passion for the Pre-Raphalites and how they influenced his work and ideas. It brings together paintings and drawings by Lowry's two favourite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Maddox Brown, alongside Edward Burne-Jones and others.


It is hard to believe that Lowry famed for his stylised and stark representations of the working classes in Pendlebury and Salford, was a fan and likely to be Influenced by the Pre-Raphalite Brotherhood. 

The Brotherhood a 19th centuary London based movement, celebrated for returning popular art to a time of complex composition, detail and vivid colour, appears to have little in common with Lowry's work. Yet as Steve Lee the author of this introduction sais 'dig a little deeper and complex connections along with contradictions begin to form.   Our guide and curator helped us unravel these connections.

 'What do paintings of Salfords Smokey Tops have in common with romantic portraits of flame haired beauties?  

(By coincidence?  Lowry used to draw in his Account books at work! He had a retrospective at the Royal Academy around 1961. Did Lowry inspire Tony Hancock to make the film many of you have seen 'The Rebel?'  Lowry's work was highly controversial at that time.)

At 2pm we alighted the Coach to be taken to our afternoon venue the Bridgewater Hall.  


The Halle Orchestra with the conductor Janic Phillips and Soprano Joanne Lunn treated us to two hours of 'romance' under the title 'Halle's Grand Viennese Celebration'. 


 Janic raised his batten  and our spirits as we waltzed with Franz Lehar's Merry Widow, chatted through J.Stauss's Polka, hummed along with Paul Linke's Frau Luna at the White Horse Inn, marched with Radetzky and closed our eyes as we sailed down the beautiful Blue Danube. We all agreed what better way to continue the celebration of a New Year and we hope very much to repeat something similar to let in 2020.

Home tired but rejuvenated having shod several years. Those famous melodies still buzzing in our heads days later.


If you want to find out join our Art Appreciation Group 2pm. every third Thursday of the month at the Sportsman Hotel Porthmadog.

On Wednesday March 27th we are visiting Aberystwyth Art Centre. 

There will not therefore be an Art Group meeting that third Thursday in March.

Phone Anita Hartley for details. 01766890354.


The Art Adventurers will be returning to the Halle and hope to visit the Liverpool Philharmonic and the CBSO during the year.

Please register your interest in going to these concerts.


We visit Liverpool and London again this Spring a few seats on the coaches are left.


We also hope to visit Edinburgh later in the year, two or three nights taking in Bowes Museum and its famous Caneletto, Edinburgh and it's wealth of History, Theatre, Music and Art.  Dundee and the New V&A with its stunning Archtecture and exhibitions to boggle the mind.


If any group leader has a venue they would like their group to visit and need to fill a coach to make it possible and affordable let me know. Very often there are exhibitions at museums to interest other groups, nearly always an exhibition to interest the Art Appreciators or a concert to tempt the music lovers amongst us and of course Theatre for the Play Readers, Creative Writers and Drama Group. Something for everyone.

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