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”A rare chance to purchase an original work by this endearing Welsh artist”
Vera Bassett held her first one-woman exhibition in the Hendy Urdd Centre in 1943, followed by others at the Mechanics Institute in the Bont in 1948 and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, in 1949. She was born on the Fforest, Pontardulais, in 1912. Her parents were William John Bassett, a furniture salesman, and Mary Sarah Lloyd they married in 1907. Vera was the youngest of six children. She married William Owen Reynolds in 1956 and moved to Bury Port in 1969. Vera died in 1997. In 1954 her work caught the attention of a very famous Welshman when Richard Burton and his first wife Sybil bought a group of her paintings.
The King Street Gallery, Carmarthen exhibition which runs from May 4th to May 24th, comprises of original works all, either in pencil or watercolour, except one rare example of a figure painting in oils.
Several are illustrated in “Vera Bassett, a rare and endearing artist” by Donald Traharne. Copies of this book will also be available. Peter Stead’s foreword to the monograph particularly singled out the drawing, Christmas Carols 1974. The Chate Room exhibition is pleased to be able to include this charming picture: it is one of the key works for sale in the exhibition.
Opening event on Friday 4th May at 6pm. Author Donald Treharne will be attending.