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Opportunity for Ennistymon art lovers

FEATURING works by over 20 artists, including some of Clare’s best-known contemporary artists, the Mol an Óige art auction represents an opportunity for art lovers.

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Still Life and Living at the County Museum

AN exhibition of paintings by Newmarket-on-Fergus based artist Frances Bailey is on display in the County Museum for the next month.Still Life and Living is a sample of her works which she has created in her studio at Urlanmore.Frances is a fifth-generation daughter of Ennis, of the McNamara family of Chapel Lane. She now lives in Newmarket-on-Fergus, with her husband Edwin, two daughters, Rebecca and Ruth and granddaughter, Nyrenee. She was educated in the Convent of Mercy primary school, Ennis and afterwards did a commercial course at the Ennis Vocational School. Soon afterwards, she entered the convent of the Sisters of Mercy, Auckland, New Zealand and while there, she studied art at the teachers training college in Remuera.There she was introduced to many forms of art, such as batik, silk-screen printing, lino cuts, clay modelling and painting. It was there that she developed her love for the subject which she later developed by attending night school. She returned home to …

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McKee exhibition at the Russell Gallery

EMPTY Pockets, an exhibition of paintings by Jim McKee, opens this year’s season of exhibitions at the Russell Gallery in New Quay.Jim McKee is a renaissance man, a singer, a songwriter, a musician, a bit of a philosopher and very much a visual artist. He is self-taught and is fearless with paint and has developed, in a short space of time, a personal and recognisable style, imbued with life and energy and colour.This is a one-off show reflecting the current climate change that is affecting everyone, a new body of work that will give an ironic and mindful look at the Irish society and its landscape in the era of recession.Inspired very much by the spirit and nature of the west of Ireland, Jim’s work is humorous and honest, his subjects are impressionistic renderings and reflections of Ireland today, its passing traditions, its people and its places; his images are an emotional and enthusiastic response to his surroundings. He has …

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Painting in the great outdoors

THE fourth annual Burren Painting Centre outdoor landscape painting competition in Lisdoonvarna from May 21-23 will bring together amateur artists from all corners of Ireland.Their challenge is to paint outdoors and capture the magical scenery of the Burren. Local businesses have contributed prizes totalling €3,000. The Burren Painting Centre is providing a free painting holiday for the overall winner along with a cash prize.Lorraine Wall, a well-known watercolorist from Ennis, will start off the weekend of art and fun, with a painting demonstration on the Friday evening in the studio of the Burren Painting Centre in Lisdoonvarna. It is open to the public as well as the competing painters.The competitors will make an early start on the Saturday morning, registering at the national school, before choosing their painting locations. They may enter one or two paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel or mixed media. Professional artists will be on hand for advice and will visit the competitors during the day. …

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National art prize for Mia

A six-year-old girl from North Clare this week came third in the primary school section of the Boyne Valley Honey Book of Kells National Art Competition.Mia Farrell from Burren was honoured for her bespoke work of art inspired by the Book of Kells at a ceremony with Miriam O’Callaghan and guests at The Long Room in Trinity College, Dublin on April 21.Upon receiving her award from Miriam O’Callaghan last Thursday night, Mia turned around to her dad and asked, “Does this mean I’m famous now?”The event was the culmination of a five-month national art competition, which invited primary, secondary and third-level students and adults, to submit a work of art based on either The Book of Kells itself, the monks who illustrated the manuscript, the materials they used to create it, or life in ninth century Ireland.Dr Edward McParland, who awarded Mia her prize on the night, commented, “Mia really tackled the brief with great aplomb by creating a work …

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Travel-inspired Kinvara-based artist

GERMAN-born Kinvara based artist Anne Korff was inspired to such an extent from her travels in Morocco, Tunisia, Andalusia and remote parts of south-east Turkey that she has depicted her visits in paint.

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Courthouse Gallery hosts three exhibitions

THREE exhibitions are currently running at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon. Ian Wieczorek’s, exhibition, Unfixing, is on display in the main gallery, Jackie Askew’s Liscannor Suite in the Red Couch Space and Kelly Power’s With Heaven’s Help in the Small Room.

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Glór Gallery presents Made in China

AN art exhibition inspired by a visit by a group of nine local artists to Beijing over two years ago, is the latest offering of paintings and drawings to come to Glór in Ennis.Made in China came about after a group of nine artists visited Beijing in November 2007 to launch their exhibition, Made in Ireland. That exhibition mainly explored each artist’s response to the landscape of Ireland. Made in China is the artists’ response to their experiences of China, and their brief introduction to Chinese culture, the city of Beijing and the surrounding countryside. “Throughout the work, it is evident that Chinese visual aesthetics and cultural philosophy had a bearing on the process of forming an image, be it abstract or literal visual,” a spokesman for Glór said.“Made in China is work inspired in the most part by this visit and is a response to the experience both visual and cultural the artists had in this ancient city and …

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