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Credit Union seeks to draw in Clare entrants

OVER 30,000 entries are expected for 28th Credit Union Art Competition and Clare entries are now being sought.

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Anon is Anall exhibition returns

AN oil painting from Carmel Doherty was the prize in a fundraiser for the Anon is Anall arts exhibition.

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Lost Girls remembered in art

IT is not macabre but rather a memorial, the artist behind an exhibition of outfits inspired by missing or dead women tells The Clare Champion. The Lost Girls, by Áine Phillips, is being displayed in Ennis as part of the Rianta exhibition by the Ground Up Artists Collective (GUAC).The seeds for the project were set when Áine began to imagine losing someone herself. “I began work on the project in 2009. I started developing the idea because my oldest daughter went to college in Dublin and the feeling that your child is gone and is she ok and you can’t keep an eye on her the way you once did when she lived with you. I thought about families of lost girls or women who disappeared in Ireland and around the world and I thought about what that would be like if your own girl, your daughter, your sister, your wife, your mother went missing, so I decided to do …

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Art careers in bloom at first-time exhibition

TWO mothers who decided to follow their artistic dreams are set to launch their first ever art exhibition in Ennis next month.Flowers in Bloom is an exhibition of paintings by Fiona Quinn Cartwright and Ann Mulkerrins, both adult students of local artist Carmel Doherty at Ennis Art School.Both Fiona and Ann had always enjoyed art but it wasn’t until later in life that they decided to take the plunge and go along to classes. Their tutor, Carmel, said she was so impressed with their talents, she believed they had to showcase their work with an exhibition. She hopes this could possibly be the beginning of a new career for the pair. The exhibit will be launched at the Rowan Tree on September 1, running until September 15.Fiona said, “I don’t say follow your dreams, you should chase them. I have always enjoyed creating in some shape or form but my desire to paint seemed to become very strong after the …

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Drawing a line under the Burren landscape

ARTIST Marie Hanlon and composer Rhona Clarke will join their talents linking music and the visual arts in a collaborative exhibition for the eighth annual Burren exhibition.

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Turning stories into works of art

ARTIST, ornithologist, singer, published author and teacher. Newmarket-on-Fergus man Philip Brennan, is many things to many people but what is undeniable throughout all his endeavours is his unique ability to tell a story.His paintings capture the imagination, the viewer immediately diving into Philip’s world. Be it a scene from his wild and wonderful garden, a farmer working the land under the scrutiny of mischievous magpies or portraying musicians playing to their hearts’ content, his storytelling ability shines through.Philip took up painting in his teens, having been fascinated with drawing but it was another passion of his, which developed in the 1970s, that sparked inspiration and that was bird watching.Having returned to his native Clare to take up a national school teaching post in Shannon, Philip got involved with the Irish World Bird Conservatory group, now Bird Watch Ireland. This was what triggered his interest in wildlife painting.In the late 1970s, Philip got his first big break when the late Tom …

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Jerry sculpts a Whispering of the soul

AN exhibition by Ennis painter and sculptor Jerry Cahir will run at Kenny’s Gallery in Lahinch until August 24. The former bank manager left the world of finance after a heart attack in the mid-’90s and says spirituality is at the heart of his work.“What I believe is that the creator is within us and it’s up to us to tap into that. I see lots of spirituality in everything. Creativity comes from inside, the brush, the hammer and the chisel is led by something and I believe it to be the spirit within. I call the exhibition Whisperings of the soul because that’s what it is.”He says what he produces is quite modern. “It’s abstract art. The sculpture is partly abstract. I collect shore stones and I see some sort of imprint on them and I work on them myself. I also carve bog oak, bog pine, all that sort of stuff.”He actually didn’t get involved in art until …

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Czech photographer makes a splash at Kenny’s

ORIGINALLY from the Czech Republic, George Karbus is now domiciled in Clare and his stunning photos of the Banner’s west coast will be exhibited at Kenny’s Gallery in Lahinch until August 15.An enthusiastic surfer and free diver, he loves the sea, despite, or maybe because of his upbringing in a landlocked country. “I always liked the sea and the ocean. We lived in Spain for a few years but it was a bit hot and dry there. We saw some pictures of the west of Ireland and we decided to come over,” he says of his arrival in this country.Galway was the first port of call where he spent two years. Money saved from a job as a hotel porter went towards his first camera and his passion for photography began. He also found his way to Lahinch. “We were two years in Galway but we kept coming to Lahinch whenever we could so, eventually, we moved down.”He says it …

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