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Killarney in line for an art attack

The visual artists’ showcase is expected to be a big hit in Killarney

IN what is being described as a key date in the arts calendar in the county, a Kerry visual artists’ showcase will open at the Government Buildings, New Road, Killarney on Fridsy, September 22 (5.00pm).

The selected artists all hail from Kerry and they are building careers for themselves as artists working throughout Ireland.

“It’s a wonderful platform for our artists and the standard this year is again very high. Kerry County Council is delighted to be able to directly support the showcase”, said County Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly.

She is calling on the public to support artists by visiting the show and perhaps buying a piece if they see something that takes their fancy.

“Audiences will see some of the best who are creating art in the county today. It’s a wonderful introduction for all ages to art and a great evening out as it is Culture Night in Kerry the same day that we open the show,” Kate said.

Mayor Niall Kelleher: exhibition launch

There have been eight artists selected for the showcase this year, including Tralee sculptor and photographer Des Fitzgerald and Portmagee’s Karen Hendy who uses unconventional media in her work such as plastic wrap, turf and sticks which are then layered with paper, gesso and paint often referencing the environment.

Emerging artist Kaye Maahs works in oils and is a painter whose work is rooted in the personal and the local, Tralee’s Roisín McGuigan has expanded from the tradition of paint on canvas to the use of non-traditional surfaces and includes drawing, digital media and found objects while David Morrison makes the familiar appear unfamiliar in his work and uses photography, digital media, canvas and paint to create his works of art.

Castleisland based Philip O’Rourke is interested in photo-journalism and street photography, Niamh Porter uses photography and painting in her work which examines the legacy of Modernist architectural design and the materials that construct Europe’s multi-faceted identity and Tracy Sexton is predominantly a painter who works through mixed media comositions and enjoys creating installation work.

This is the third annual Kerry visual artists’ showcase and the exhibition will be opened by Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Niall Kelleher.

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