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Taking art from stage to canvas

HAVING travelled the world with Riverdance as a teenager Lisdoonvarna’s own Aisling Drennan has since switched her focus to visual art.

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Courthouse Surrenders to creative life

Surrender, an exhibition of new works by artist Pauline Goggin was officially opened at the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon recently and will continue to exhibit there until July 30. The word surrender can be interpreted as an expression of defeat or generosity, a declaration or a gift, a relinquishing of something, yielding to a strong influence or simply giving up the fight and in these works the artist explores her interest in the practice of daily surrender to the creative life. Reminiscent of Tibetan prayer flags, her images of arms being blown in the wind can be seen as surrender to the creative spirit.According to the artist, “Implicit in the embroidered arms is a daily acceptance and a willingness to live life in all its shades, stitch by stitch, moment by moment, day by day”. Pauline Goggin’s practice has included keeping daily journals over the last 30 years. In the textile works, these have been a rich source of text. The …

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Experimenting with colour

The Burren Painting Centre will host French artist Dorothee Roberts later this summer when she will encourage her students to experiment with the colours used by the Impressionists. During the early summer courses, a number of international artists shared information with students at the centre. Northern Ireland watercolorist Grahame Booth enthralled his students with on-location demos, using his skilful brushstrokes to create masterly watercolours. In contrast, the botanical painter Jill Winch from England made inspirational studies of delicate petals, fruits and vegetables to create images that looked like the real thing.Later, Gayle Fedigan, with her own entourage from upstate New York, created a whirl of coloured dust with her strong pastel landscapes. In comparison, the style of the Danish tutor, Annelise Pio Hansen and her painters from Copenhagen showed the Burren and Inis Oirr in a different light. Her quick sketching technique using grainy watercolours with pen and ink captured the essence of the limestone rockscapes and Atlantic seascapes. The …

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The sounds of where it all began

THE inaugural Ennis Fringe Festival of the Arts will open on Thursday with a host of artists, musicians and photographers showcasing their wares at a variety of venues across the county town.Organised by a small committee of artists, the event has been organised to help provide a space to exhibit work, while at the same time encouraging the public to support local businesses. Among the line up is Wombience, a recording which captures the tranquil ambience of the womb as heard by the baby in utero. Created by Kilmihil-based sound engineer Conan Brophy, Wombience will be revealed at the official opening of the festival on Friday at Custom Tattoo and Art Gallery, No 8 Carmody Street from 7pm.Conan has played in bands since he was about 14-years-old but at 16, he became more interested in the recording side of things. “I bought a cassette four track recorder and haven’t looked back. I studied sound engineering after the Leaving Cert and …

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Celebrating the best in craftwork

A MAJOR exhibition of contemporary craft work from around the county will be on show in the Glór gallery until August 27.The exhibition is being run by the Clare Arts Office and Glór and it will highlight the wealth of creative talent abundant in the craft sector of the county. The Crafts Council of Ireland and Craft Northern Ireland have designated 2011 as the year of craft, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s founding. A call to artists went out earlier this year and a large volume of submissions were received in a variety of media. In keeping with the objective of showcasing the very best of contemporary Clare craft, ceramicist Rob D’Eath from Galway was invited to independently choose the works for exhibit. While he focussed mainly on ceramics and textiles, some jewellery and items of woodwork are also included. He will officially open the exhibition.A dozen craft people were selected, Hannah Arnup, …

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Celebrating the arts in the community

ENNIS was awash with colour and excitement at the weekend for the sixth annual Ennis Street Festival.

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Writings from a world where the poet is king

Poet ‘King’ Knute Skinner tells John Rainsford why a writer’s life can be more than just a walk on the beach

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The changing face of an Irish community

CHANGING Faces, an exhibition of photography by Charlie McGeever which captures the essence of life in the Ballina/Killaloe area, continues at the gallery in Scariff Library until Friday, July 2.

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