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Blue House Gallery Schull Opening Good Friday
Since its inception in 2013, Blue House Gallery in Schull has become a leading contemporary art gallery with the remit of promoting the best of West Cork painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and ceramics.
Added to the support and promotion of local artists with solo, joint, group and themed exhibitions, the gallery also brings together artworks from around Ireland and abroad, to contribute to the mix of provocative and interesting shows.
Highlights of the 2018 season include a showcase of collages by Paul Forde Cialis, Penny Dixey and Carol White, starting on 20 April -Tribal, a gallery artists group show to coincide with the Fastnet Film Festival from 23 May to 6 June; followed by Light Sensitive, a group photography exhibition curated by Geoff Greenham.
The 2018 season opens on 30 March with a varied and eclectic group show of artists who are new to the gallery, including sculptor Kieran Higgins and painters June Durkin, Gordon Moxley, Joanne Neville, Gana Roberts and Laura Wade.
June Durkin's work is an exploration of the abstraction of the landscape. She invites her own senses, and those of the viewer, to rest and delight in the moment. Working on the theme of earth elements, she makes use of oils, wax, pigments, turf ash and sand.
Kieran Higgins creates unique original pieces from native Irish hardwood, or ancient bog timber that has lain beneath the peat for thousands of years. He says - My inspiration comes above all from the wood itself. Size, wood type, colour, grain, imperfections, all help to decide the shape and form of the finished piece.
Gordon Moxley, from Drimoleague, uses colour and form in an energy-filled and instinctive way. Working in acrylics, his paintings are filled with strong pattern and primitive imagery; his work relates vividly to both modern art and ancient cultures from the world over.
Joanne Neville's work is expressive and abstract. Texture is built up through the layering of a range of materials including oil paint, inks, acrylics, spray paints, pastels, and resin. She takes her inspiration from natures diversity of forms, folklore, and the link between the earth and cosmos.
Working with oil paint and cold wax on paper, Gana Roberts is preoccupied with the concept of groundlessness: geological time is used as a metaphor for contemporary instability. Other works are a response to a recent visit to the active fumaroles of Vulcano, a volcanic mountain in the Aeolian Islands.
Laura Wade is intrigued by the enigmatic elements of the West Cork landscape, in which she observes the enduring elegance and meanderings of the land. She states - I use the strong silhouette of a sighing conifer set against the vast cosmos, to explore the concept of rootedness and connection to the landscape.
The opening preview party will take place from 6 - 8pm on Friday 30 March, the exhibition continuing until 18 April, open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am - 5pm.
Blue House Gallery can be found in the main street of Schull