Newsletter December 2010

Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno – Alex Katz

20/11/10 to 12/03/11

An exhibition from 'Artist Rooms on Tour' that brings work by the world renowned painter Alex Katz to the Mostyn. Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1927 Katz is one of the most important figures in the art world today. The American painter Alex Katz began working in the 1950s, focusing on figurative subjects which set him apart from the avant-garde mainstream Although best-known for large-scale portraits, painted in his distinctive, stylised manner, Katz has also consistently made small paintings primarily as studies, which function as independent pieces and which can be considered as a distinct body of work. This group of twenty small paintings in ARTIST ROOMS spans his career.

Llandudno Boxing Day Dip


The Llandudno Boxing day dip takes place next to St George's Hotel, on the lifeboat slip, at 11.30am.
THE annual Boxing Day dip will be the culmination of a busy programme of fundraising for Llandudno Lions Club over the Christmas period.
Held at 11.30am at the lifeboat slipway it will attract dozens of people in fancy dress who will plunge into the sea to raise money for local charities.
There will be entertainment on the prom from 10am and the Lions caravan will be there serving free Bovril. Leading up to the dip Llandudno Town Band will be playing for carol singing in the St George's Hotel.
At around 12pm there will be the prize giving for the best fancy dress, the first in water contest and the draw for a grand raffle.

A magical Christmas in Chester

11/11/10 to 03/01/2011

This year Chester will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland!
Just a few steps away from Chester’s shopping streets the city has been transformed into a bustling Victorian market complete with over 40 timber clad stalls selling the finest Cheshire and British produce. Chester’s Victorian market will give you a wonderful Christmas experience and the perfect gift ideas for the festive season.
Walking through the market, you will feel as though you’ve stepped back into Chester’s historical past as the whole market will come alive with carol singers and street entertainers to keep little ones amused. There will be lots of tasty food treats to warm you up on a cold winter’s day, or night, like a delicious and fruity hot mulled wine.
The City will also play host to a big wheel giving people the chance to see the views right along the River Dee, the hills of Wales, the city’s skyscape and out onto the Cheshire plains. And what else could be more special than gliding across the ice under a winter’s sky? This year, when you visit Chester, you can do just that as the market will feature its very own ice rink. Feel the wind in your hair on a romantic festive date or take your family along to experience the thrill of skating on ice.

Saying of the month

“To have no truck with”: literally it means “to reject or to have nothing to do with”.

We are all familiar with trucks as carts and road vehicles, but that's not what's being referred to in 'have no truck with'. This 'truck' is the early French word 'troque', which meant 'an exchange; a barter' and came into Middle English as 'truke'.
So, to 'have truck with' was to barter or do business with. In the 17th century and onward, the meaning of 'truck' was extended to include 'association'/'communication' and 'to have truck with' then came to mean 'commune with'.