A Celebration of the ‘Art-life’ of Stan Jones | 16th February – 6th March | Upper Gallery
A new exhibition at the Washington Gallery will celebrate the artistic achievements of one of Penarth’s most well-known and well-loved artists. Stan Jones passed away just over a year ago and his widow, Morfwynn, believes that the time is now right to hold a celebratory exhibition of his work. Stan’s last exhibition in the Washington Gallery took place in July 2010, the year in which he celebrated his 80th birthday.
A former pupil of Fishguard Grammar School Stan studied at Trinity College Carmarthen and Cardiff College of Art. Following his first teaching post in Staffordshire he moved to Victoria Primary School Penarth in 1954 and five years later took up a post at St Cyres where he remained for 29 years ultimately achieving the position of Head of Department. Although much of his painting was inspired by Dylan Thomas Stan was always looking for new ideas and believed that this helped enormously in his work as a teacher. Asked about his time at St Cyres he said “The kids were good, were well behaved and interested. They never grumbled about anything I gave them.”
As well as holding the position of Chairman of the Watercolour Society of Wales Stan was also an active member of CASW, the Contemporary Art Society for Wales.
There will be many Penarthians who will have received their art education at the hands of Stan Jones and Mrs Jones hopes very much that many of them will come along to the exhibition to celebrate his life and works.
An ‘invitation only’ Private View will be held at 2pm on Saturday 16 February and the exhibition will then run until 6 March.