Jo Mattox working on her latest sculpture
Jo Mattox has been working on her latest wonderful sculpture, Saint Melangell (Patron Saint of hares) in one of our studio spaces at Mid Wales Arts Centre.
Jo has always kept rabbits, and loves hares, which is why she wished to capture her affection for these amazing animals via sculpture.
Come and watch Jo at work, she is at MWA most weekends.
Further information on Saint Melangell:
Saint Melangell was a female saint of the 7th century. According to legend, she came to Pennant Melangell near the village of Llangynog, Powys from Ireland, to escape being married to a nobleman of her father’s court and lived as a hermit in the valley.
One day Brochwel, Prince of Powys, was hunting and pursued a hare which took refuge under Melangell’s cloak. The Prince’s hounds fled, and he was moved by her courage and sanctity.
He gave her the valley as a place of sanctuary, and Melangell became Abbess of a small religious community. After her death her memory continued to be honoured, and Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries.
Melangell remains the patron saint of hares