Showcase to feature work of 10 artists

Preparing for the showcase were, from left, Caroline Lynch, Arts Office, Kerry County Council, artists Christopher Shaw and Kate Plum and Mayor of Kerry Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen

THE Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase will be on display, for the sixth year running, at Government Buildings, New Road, Killarney from September 18 to October 30.

Ten Kerry artists have been selected to participate this year by the Head of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Catherine Fehily.

They include Ann McNamee, a photographer whose intimate images record ordinary moments while investigating the social function of documentary photography, and Christopher Shaw whose paintings combine manipulated magazine fragments, paint and pencil work.

Dana Winder is a self-taught painter working largely in oil on canvas, inspired by the natural world, while Eileen Kennedy’s series of prints is inspired by time spent walking along the canal that runs into Tralee Bay.

Elouise Flannery’s vibrant semi-abstract acrylic paintings are inspired by love for nature, often with mythical and folklore roots and Eveleen Murphy’s work is the result of an intuitive process that relies on chance to produce small-scale abstractions.

Fiachra Crowley’s ceramics are visually striking pieces that create beauty through simplicity and Jacqueline O’Driscoll’s paintings are expressions of close observation, memory and consideration of the marks made on the land by many generations.

Kerry Arts Officer Kate Kennelly

Kate Plum works with watercolours and acrylics to draw the eye to the beauty of the animals and wildlife. Kayleigh Ryall utilises the mediums of painting, photography, sound and video projections.

Unlike previous years, there will be no in-person launch of the exhibition as part of Culture Night, to comply with government guidelines on Covid-19. There will instead be an online virtual launch on September 18.

The Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase is supported by Kerry County Council, the Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

“In times of uncertainty, artists provide us with moments of beauty and inspiration,” said Kerry Arts Officer Kate Kennelly.

“People can see the work of some of the best who are creating art in the county today, she added.

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