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Artists face unique challenge

A WEST Clare photographer and gallery owner has come up with a novel idea to challenge artists to complete 12 works in 12 hours in six different media.Katrina Morrison of the Buttermarket Gallery in Kilrush and the Kilkee Marine Gallery is organising the West Clare Art Challenge to take place on Thursday, September 2. She explained the idea stemmed from a conversation she had with one of the artists who is currently exhibiting in the gallery, James Hally. “James is a sketch artist and works mainly with graphite pencil. He suggested that we run a challenge getting artists to do 12 works in 12 hours in 12 different mediums. “We put the idea to Cillian, an art student from the Limerick School of Art and Design who is doing an internship in the gallery and he loved the idea. I then had a chat with my son-in-law, Mark Kelly, who is also an artist, about it and he felt the …

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The art of distance learning

KILLALOE-based artist Julie Douglas loves teaching others to enjoy art the way that she does.

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Photographic exhibition at Clare Museum

AN exhibition of photographs taken from the 1890s to the early 1900s, amassed in a collection by Dr George Unthank Macnamara (1849-1919), will take place from August 19 to September 11 in the Clare Museum.

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Explanations at the Courthouse Gallery

FOUR local artists are displaying their works together in an exhibition called Explanations in the Courthouse Gallery’s Red Couch Space in Ennistymon.

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Craft is at the art of new fair

ELEVEN talented craftspeople from Clare are among those who are exhibiting their ware at a series of monthly artisan craft fairs being held in Limerick’s new and improved Milk Market.Christine Pinsent is the brains behind the new Artisan Crafts Fair, the first of which was held last Thursday. The fairs are all-day events, beginning at noon and continuing until 7pm and include music, food, fun and entertainment. “Already, 40 exhibitors, including a number from Clare, have signed up for the fair. The monthly artisan craft fair is just one of the new projects coming to the Milk Market this year, following its €2m reconstruction. The new 78ft high roof creates an all-weather environment, which has already received rave reviews from market traders and customers. The fair emulates the European tradition of craft markets found in Spain, France and other European countries giving an ideal forum for artisans to share their work with the public,” Christine explained.The market aims to have …

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Tenth birthday for Áras Éanna

INIS Oírr-based Áras Éanna Arts Centre will launch their 10th anniversary celebrations at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre on Friday, August 6.

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A unique vision of Clare

AN interesting exhibition by three artists, two Clare-based and one Limerick, depicting the Clare landscape in a unique and colourful way, continues at the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery until this weekend.

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O’Dea’s portrait of Brian Friel unveiled

A PORTRAIT of Brian Friel, playwright and author, by Ennis artist Mick O’Dea was unveiled in the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin last Friday.Deputy Mary Hanafin, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, unveiled the portrait, with the playwright himself and the artist present. The portrait was commissioned in 2009 by the gallery’s board of governors and guardians on the occasion of the playwright’s 80th birthday as part of the contemporary portrait series.Born in Ennis, Mick O’Dea is a portrait painter now based in Dublin. He studied at the National College of Art and Design, the University of Massachusetts, and more recently at the Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester, by which he was awarded an MA in European Fine Art in 1997. He has taught and lectured throughout Ireland and in the United States and has won numerous awards, including the Keating McLoughlin Medal at the RHA in 1993, the Taylor de Vere Award for a work …

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