Welsh Assembly Senedd Visit
Montgomeryshire AM unveils painting
Montgomery residents took a trip to the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff for the unveiling of a painting of their Town Crier, Sue Blower, in full ceremonial regalia.
The painting, by local artist Daniel Yeomans of Llandysil, is on prominent display on the top floor.
The structurally stunning Senedd building was constructed in 2006 and houses the Welsh Assembly. It is based on the seafront in Cardiff and overlooks wonderful views of the old docks area that has been redeveloped into a vibrant waterfront location.
Montgomery visitors passing through scanners and security at the Senedd.
The Senedd building houses the debating chamber and three committee rooms for the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. It was opened in February 2006 and cost £69.6m to complete. Set in the location of the old Cardiff dockyards it enjoys commanding views across Cardiff Bay and beyond. Designed around a large, single span sculptural roof with wooden strip clad inner ceiling lie lower, middle and upper raised floors. The top floor holds a cafe and display area where the Montgomery Town Crier painting is prominently displayed.
The artist, Daniel Yeomans, lives near Montgomery on the outskirts of the small village of Llandyssil. Daniel was traditionally trained in Florence, Italy and likes to paint directly onto Belgian linen canvas from subjects during sitting sessions at his studio. Sue Blower, Montgomery's Town Crier sat for over 40 hours for Daniel over many sessions.
( See more examples of Daniels work at www.danieljamesyeomans.com )
Montgomeryshire Welsh Assembly member, Russell George AM, was instrumental in negotiating the display of the painting in the Senedd building and hosted our visit for the unveiling ceremony.
Russell gave a short introductory speech then handed over to Sue who delivered a specially composed 'Cry', complete with Bell ringing, describing the conception and creation of the oil painting by Daniel and thanking Russell for his support for hosting the event.
Russell then led a Questions and Answers session with Daniel who described his methods and approach to the creation of the painting. Daniel also described the live sessions that Sue attended at his studio and gave a little background to his artistic training in Florence, Italy.
Montgomery residents joined Sue, Daniel and Russell for the traditional group photos.
Our visit to the heart of the Welsh Assembly building was completed by a tour of the central debating chamber and a talk on the layout and composition of the political party members by Russell.
As we were gathering to leave we bumped into Neil Hamilton AM and Sue missed no opportunity to invite him to visit Montgomery and also to be sure to view the painting for himself.
Our visit to the Senedd was completed by a walk around the beautiful seafront where we experienced the regeneration of the area, its buildings and location followed by lunch at a local restaurant.