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Art in the Library

Published: 03/07/2015

An inspirational exhibition of paintings by North Wales artist Emma Jayne Holmes will be on display at the upstairs gallery in Buckley Library throughout July. This is the fourth in the series of exhibitions, Art in the Library – Lliw yn y Llyfrgell, which aims to support local artists, who may have never exhibited before, by giving them a platform to showcase their work to the public. Throughout the year the exhibition programme at Flintshire’s Libraries will include paintings by Angie Hoopert, Emma-Jayne Holmes and Clayton Langford, drawings by Scott Bongo’s and photography by Ceridwen Barkley. Emma is never happier than with a paintbrush in her hand and has been painting for over two decades. She said ;I have always been creative, making and fixing things but I find drawing a real challenge and painting a joy. I do need to practice the drawing (the skeleton of the art work) in order to enjoy the painting. During University I did a lot of drawing and went out into the towns and countryside to sketch. It was after I graduated that I really got to grips with oil painting, spending time with another artist in their studio, learning the skills and discipline. Since having a family in 2005, my picture painting has taken a back seat, but a brush has been in my hand almost daily with a house to renovate! About two years ago I unwrapped my oil paints and turned the dining room into my studio, I allocate a few hours a week to it, the time is growing and my skills are returning. Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: I am proud that Flintshire County Councils Arts, Culture and Events team and our Libraries service are continuing to support our local talent - showcasing their work and supporting our artists as businesses. Emma Jayne Holmes will also be participating in this year’s Helfa Gelf open studios event with an opportunity to call in and visit her in her studio. More information about Helfa Gelf can be found at If any makers, artists and crafters would like to display their work as part of the Art in the Library -Lliw yn y Llyfrgell initiative then please email with three images of your work and a short statement about your art or craft practice.