Raul Speek Gallery

Raul Speek Gallery, Solva: Hours, Address, Raul Speek Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Raul Speek Gallery
4.5
Art Galleries • Lessons & Workshops • Theatre & Performances
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
We are trying to create a mobile phone free space here including photographs of the art works and the cafe area. This is in line with our concerns that the use of these and their direct link to social media is encouraging people to concentrate on posting images rather than participating directly in the experience of being here and in Pembrokeshire. We would appreciate your help with this. If you speak to Raul he is usually amenable to having a picture or two taken but ask first. In January, February and March 2020 we will be open some weekends on a pop-up basis. We live on the premises and will be working on new websites there and are re-decorating so ring us if you want to speak to us and we will let you in!! Websites when updated during this time will show tapas night dates for the Summer and workshops dates. Sorry to let you down over the tapas nights last year when I broke my foot (Heather) but hopefully that wont happen again in 2020!!
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harryjames102
Norwich, UK131 contributions
Live music whilst browsing art
Sep 2020 • Solo
This is a gem hidden in a former chapel in Solva. Up the steps and into the gallery and there’s Raul playing his five layers of keyboards and performing Cuban-jazz-fusion sets whilst you view his art. There’s secondhand and new books plus jewellery and prints from other artists too. Couldn’t help but smile when I visited today. So much so, I had to write a review. Raul’s wife runs the gallery whilst Raul performs. Wish I had more time to enjoy it!
Written September 4, 2020
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I remember you. So glad you enjoyed it. Raul was in real music mode and happy that people liked his music as well as his. Thank you for taking time to leave a review and such a lovely one too. Stay safe and take care. Best wishes hope to see you again. Heather and Raul
Written September 5, 2020
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DaveThomasLeicester
Leicester724 contributions
Inspiring
Nov 2019 • Couples
Visiting Solva we were delighted to find Raul’s gallery in an old chapel.Truly original and well conceived art with powerful messages - this was backed up in a conversation with Raul who is intelligent, witty and thoughtful. This gallery is the gem of a lovely village due to this brilliant man.
Written November 14, 2019
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Solva is so beautiful. We have been here 26 years and always return to it with a lift of the heart. Glad you enjoyed talking with Raul and hope to see you again one day. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Much appreciated. Raul says hi! best wishes Heather
Written November 15, 2019
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Lucy B
45 contributions
Fascinating
Sep 2019 • Couples
We were having a trip out and called in after seeing the colourful building as we crossed over the bridge into Solva. We parked in the car park and there was a huge painting on a wall that Raul had done, it was so beautiful and full of colours. The Gallery is in an old Chapel and when we went in Raul was working on a huge new piece of art. He stopped working and was more than happy to chat to us about his work and early life in Cuba and then London. We looked through his prints that his wife Heather does and as we decided on the one we wanted I turned around and saw a small canvas original that took my breath away (it was similar in style to the large piece he was working on). He took the time to take his pieces off the wall to show us what it would look like if hung on a wall and discussed how to frame it so that it would complete it in our home. We left with both the print and the original and the warm feeling of engaging with the artist who had actually done the artwork.
Thank you to both Raul and Heather for your time and sharing your story with us.
Written September 22, 2019
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We really enjoyed your visit. It makes all the difference to us finding people who have time to spend talking about the work and sharing it with us. Thank you for coming. Enjoy your painting and the print hope to see you again. Love Heather and Raul
Written September 23, 2019
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Sianey
9 contributions
What a gem
Sep 2019
We came across the gallery unexpectedly and I’m so glad that we did. We we greeted by Heather and Raul who gave us a fantastic welcome and took time to show us their work and answer our questions. Raul has a very unique personality and played the piano and sang and entertained us and made it an enjoyable afternoon. I bought from his collection and I’m very happy with my purchase. Diolch yn fawr.
Highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.
Written September 8, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Such a lovely one too. We enjoyed being with you and are glad that it was the same for you. We try to make the gallery a real part of our lives and so when people like it it is a real confidence boost. Enjoy your picture and hope to see you again on your next visit to the lovely Pembrokeshire. Heather and Raul
Written September 10, 2019
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nellchalice
St. Davids, UK19 contributions
Drop in, locals
Aug 2019
Spiritual.. relaxing, inspiring .. beautiful artwork,, I love the uniqueness and the black cat!, lavenders are welcoming and i hope to save up to one day have a Raul on my wall..
Written August 22, 2019
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Glad you enjoyed it here. Black cat always a draw! His name is Bennie and he loves the attention. Raul glad you like his work. Come again and just sit and enjoy. Best wishes Heather and Raul
Written August 23, 2019
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MRLC73
Hong Kong, China41 contributions
Something a little different!
Jul 2019 • Friends
There's plenty of galleries in the area, but most tend - naturally enough - to focus on realistic landscapes and photos. Raul's art brings a Caribbean colour palate to Pembrokeshire. You can buy everything from an oil painting to a postcard.

Raul also makes music and runs workshops and events. There is a little cafe on site too, although I didn't try anything on this fleeting visit. He is generally around and happy to chat. One of the things that makes Solva wonderful.
Written July 23, 2019
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Thank you for your encouragement. Sometimes it feels we are out of step in Pembrokeshire although we have been here nearly 30 years now. Glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again. Heather and Raul
Written August 20, 2019
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Marjan M
London, UK25 contributions
Only an Art gallery- there is no cafe and doesn't serve food
May 2019 • Family
it was a recommended place to go both for the art and nice place to eat. But, apparently, they stop the cafe and serving food 2 years ago. I had a quick chance to look around and the photo gallery was really interesting. Unfortunately, didn't have a chance to be interactive with the owner about their artwork.
Written May 31, 2019
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We had to cease the cafe two years ago due to my Mother's illness. That is clearly stated on the websites and on the gate of The Chapel. Raul and I are both on the premises the whole time so I don't quite understand how you couldn't interact with us but am sorry you were disappointed. Not sure either why you had only a quick chance to look around we are open all day except on Wednesday and Thursday during non-peak season unless there is an emergency with my Mother. To be honest I get very annoyed with people who leave reviews saying there is no cafe when we have done our best to explain it is not operating and why. Lavender Cafe no longer has a space on Trip Advisor because we are not open as such. There is a lovely cafe just along the road with great staff called Mangu which caters for all tastes and another at The Old Pharmacy across the road.. We have had so many requests for Lavender Cafe to run again that we are going to re-open mid June when the young woman we employ for the Summer returns from university but it will be with a reduced menu as I am still involved with my Mother's health issues and am concerned about continuity. If you do come back again please ask for one of us to speak to you as we are always glad to show people the works and explain the reasons behind the images.
Written June 2, 2019
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John W
Cowes, UK22 contributions
A cultural delight !!
Mar 2019 • Couples
We came across this superb gallery whilst on a trip to Solva and sadly could not dedicate sufficient time to fully appreciate the art works or the musical talents displayed by Raul Speek. We could have lingered all day and I would like to revisit and spend more time. Raul's talents are diverse, the music drew me further in and I had a grand time discussing Keith Jarrett's marvellous 'Cologne' concert with Raul who is a very talented musician and artist. His art works are varied, his use of colour illustrates his Cuban roots, some very reminiscent of the superb Miles Davis album covers of the 70's & 80's. What a lovely combination Art & music. A very serendipitous meeting.
Written April 1, 2019
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Raul has asked me to say how much he enjoyed the time he spent with you. Being an artist is sometimes a lonely occupation and so times like these are very important to him. Hope to see you again one day and that the rest of Pembrokeshire was good for you too. Such a beautiful county. Take care. Best wishes Heather and Raul
Written April 3, 2019
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John and Alison
12 contributions
Another fantastic visit to Raul and Heathers amazing gallery
Dec 2018 • Couples
We have been visiting the gallery for over twenty years and our recent visit was still as amazing as ever.
We have purchased some of Rauls prints and music in the past and to celebrate our Ruby Wedding on the 29th purbased a beautiful photograph from Heather to remember this visit.
They are two amazing,creative people who are so friendly and interested in people and we would highly recommend anyone to call in and see their amazing gallery
Thank you both so much for another visit,purchase and happy memory.
John and Alison
Written December 30, 2018
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Hi John and Alison. Glad you enjoyed seeing us we certainly enjoyed seeing you. Sorry not to respond earlier - we moved my Mother to Solva and were heavily engaged with that and then I broken some bones in my foot so have been hobbling round trying to keep everything going! Thinking of you and the picture you bought to celebrate. Take care. Love Heather and Raul x
Written August 20, 2019
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Gordon L
Sutton Benger, UK78 contributions
Nice Gallery
Oct 2018 • Family
got to watch the man at work. he has some lovely pieces to buy so definitely worth a look when visiting solva
Written November 6, 2018
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Thank you for taking time to write a review. It always feels good for Raul that someone enjoys seeing how he works. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Solva. Regards Heather
Written November 9, 2018
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