Tom Portman – Saturday, 29th June at 8.30pm

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“On the 29th of June, Galway based multi-instrumentalist Tom Portman will release a new collection of songs and music entitled “Float Your Blues Away” in the Courthouse Gallery. A staple musician in many prominent Irish original music bands, Tom has simultaneously cultivated a thriving solo career playing a blend of blues, contemporary and jazz-tinged original music. On his new album, Tom fuses aspects of these different styles whilst bringing the unique cadence of his singing voice to the fore, whilst the rich and dulcet tones of Dobro and guitar typify a musician at the top of his game.

Admission €10

See tomportmanmusic.com  for more details

 

Poetry Evening, Friday, June 28th, 7pm

Eamonn and Drucilla Wall will read from their latest collections and Jessie Lendennie will read from her memoir, To Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky, 

Originally from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Eamonn Wall now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He teaches courses in Irish, Irish-American, and British Literature, directs the UM-St. Louis Irish Summer School in Galway, and serves as the director of the Irish Studies Program.

Eamonn is the author of six collections of poetry: Sailing Lake Mareotis (2011) A Tour of Your Country (2008),Refuge at De Soto Bend (2004), The Crosses (2000), Iron Mountain Road (1997), and Dyckman-200th Street(1994), all published by Salmon Poetry. His New and Selected Poems, will be published by Salmon in 2014. Individual poems have been published in The Shop, Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, West47, TriQuarterly, Crab Orchard Review, South Dakota Review, River Styx, The Recorder, New Hibernia Review, Eire-Ireland, Nebraska Review, and other journals. His non-fiction books include Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions, published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2011, From the Sin-e Café to the Black Hills, a collection of essays, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2000 and awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies for excellence in scholarship.  Wall’s essays, articles, and reviews ofIrish, Irish American, and American writers have appeared in New Hibernia Review, Irish Literary Supplement, The Irish Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, South Carolina Review, An Sionnach, and other journals. Eamonn’s poetry and prose has appeared in the following anthologies: The Book of Irish-American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present; Irish Writing in the 20th Century: A Reader; Wexford Through Its Writers; Flood Stage, An Anthology of St. Louis Poets; The Big Empty, Contemporary Nebraska Nonfiction Writers.

A longtime member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Eamonn Wall served as president of the organization from 2005-2007.

Drucilla Wall was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She teaches poetry and essay writing, and Native American literature, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition to poetry, her essays appear in journals and anthologies. She has earned awards and fellowships for her work, including the Mari Sandoz Prairie Schooner Short Story Award, the Western Literature Association Willa Pilla Prize for Humor in Writing, and University of Nebraska Fling and Larson Fellowships. Her first poetry collection The Geese at the Gates was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent summers with family and friends in Wexford and Galway, Ireland, since 1985.

Jessie Lendennie  began to publish her poetry in England during the 1970s, and in 1981, she moved to Galway,  where she was a founder member of  the Galway Writing Workshop, and founding editor of Salmon Publishing. Since 1985 she has run the press as its editor and managing director, commissioning, editing, and  publishing over 400 books of poetry and prose.

Jessie Lendennie reading

Jessie Lendennie reading                                                                            

In 1988 her book, a prose poem entitled ‘Daughter’, was published, followed in 1990 by ‘The Salmon Guide to Poetry Publishing‘ and in 1992 by ‘The Salmon Guide to Creative Writing in Ireland’. A new edition of ‘Daughter’,with added poems, was published in 2001, and reprinted in 2003. In 2007 she compiled and edited ‘Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007‘,which includes poems from poets published by Salmon during those years. In 2009 she compiled and edited ‘Poetry: Reading it, Writing It, Publishing It’, which includes essays from poets and publishers on the art of poetry and the realities of the marketplace. In 2010 she compiled and edited ‘Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology’, which includes poems in celebration of the canine world, from over 200 poets. Her second collection of poetry ‘Walking Here‘ was published in 2011.  She is currently working on a memoir ‘ To Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky’.

The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre presents a poetry workshop with poet and prose writer, Eamonn Wall.

Saturday June 29th:

Time: 10.00am – 5pm (break for lunch 1 – 2)

Venue: The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre, 9 Parliament St. (opposite the Courthouse Gallery), Ennistymon, Co. Clare.

The fee is ¤60.00, with a concession fee of ¤50.00 for the unemployed.

Inquiries and bookings to Jessie Lendennie – jessie@salmonpoetry.com. Phone 065 7071856.  Please book by the 26th.

Originally from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Eamonn Wall now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He teaches courses in Irish, Irish-American, and British Literature, directs the UM-St. Louis Irish Summer School in Galway, and serves as the director of the Irish Studies Program.

Eamonn is the author of six collections of poetry: Sailing Lake Mareotis (2011) A Tour of Your Country (2008),Refuge at De Soto Bend (2004), The Crosses (2000), Iron Mountain Road (1997), and Dyckman-200th Street(1994), all published by Salmon Poetry. His New and Selected Poems, will be published by Salmon in 2014. Individual poems have been published in The Shop, Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, West47, TriQuarterly, Crab Orchard Review, South Dakota Review, River Styx, The Recorder, New Hibernia Review, Eire-Ireland, Nebraska Review, and other journals. His non-fiction books include Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions, published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2011, From the Sin-e Café to the Black Hills, a collection of essays, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2000 and awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies for excellence in scholarship.  Wall’s essays, articles, and reviews ofIrish, Irish American, and American writers have appeared in New Hibernia Review, Irish Literary Supplement, The Irish Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, South Carolina Review, An Sionnach, and other journals. Eamonn’s poetry and prose has appeared in the following anthologies: The Book of Irish-American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present; Irish Writing in the 20th Century: A Reader; Wexford Through Its Writers; Flood Stage, An Anthology of St. Louis Poets; The Big Empty, Contemporary Nebraska Nonfiction Writers.

A longtime member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Eamonn Wall served as president of the organization from 2005-2007.

http://salmonpoetry.com

http://jessielendennie.com

Salmon Poetry receives financial assistance from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Life in 3 Words – Emer O’Flaherty with Etain McCooey, Karen Kelly and Ian Lamb

Life in 3 Words is a collection of songs written by Ennis native Emer O’Flaherty, which will premier at the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery on FRIDAY 14 JUNE at 8 pm.

Tickets : €10  –  Please call : 065 – 707 1630

Emer, who studied voice with Máire Keary Scanlon in Limerick and piano with Geraldine Hanly and Carmel Griffin before going on to the RoyalIrishAcademy of Music, Dublin will air her more sultry tones to sing about life, loss, love and lust, in her performance.  She regularly plays The Ginger Jam Sessions in Brandon’s, Ennis and has performed lead roles with various musical societies throughout Clare, Galway and Limerick.  The title of the show ‘Life in 3 words’ originates in the fact that almost all of the songs have three word titles, and interestingly each are written in a different key.

The show will go on to be performed as part of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 2nd to 10th.

ETAIN McCOOEY

Etain McCooey studied oboe under Helmut Seeber and took master classes with Chicago Symphony legend Ray Still.  She has been working as an orchestral player over the past number of years, plays for various musicals and shows around the country in addition to her recording and composition work.  She works with actor Eleanor Feely on a theatrical and musical piece ‘Wild Winds’ and is a member of the Clare Memory Orchestra.

KAREN KELLY
Karen Kelly is a classical violinist. Her influences span from the simplicity of baroque string music to more contemporary scores. Her performances have included orchestral works, chamber music and has played lead violin for the much loved musicals, including Les Miserables.  A former violin teacher, Karen has now established a career as a music therapist. Bringing her classical roots to the group, she now also shows a particular preference for cafe style playing.  

IAN LAMB

Ian is a very talented guitarist and well known as a maker of low whistles.

Republic of Colour @ New Line Studios

JULY 12 – AUG 8

Official Opening by Charles Harper – Friday 12thJuly at 8pm

Six Female Abstract Painters :

Debbie Browne – Patsy Connolly – Mary Queally

– Christine Porter – Diana Rock – Rita Wobbe.

New Line Studios is situated on the edge of the Burren Mountains just 4 miles from Kinvara towards Carron. The studios are surrounded by hazel and holly trees which protect them from the outside world. There is an atmosphere of a retreat centre where artists can find peace and time for contemplation. No surprise that the Burren Yoga Centre is just around the corner.

6-8 artists/students meet at weekends organised by Rita Wobbe to practice their passion: abstract painting. The studios were founded by Rita in 2002 after she had completed an MA programme at Limerick School of Art and Design. She also established a strong link to the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan where she teaches abstract painting every August.

The six artists of the New Line Studios showing here all have in common their love and passion for abstract painting. Even if they influence each other when working together at New Line Studios, they all developed their own ideas or concepts about the work process. They havegot to know each other over the years and enjoy the company that comeswhen painting together, discussing different work practices, other artists’ work or art historical movements, or simply enjoying some music and conversation.Mary QueallyDebbie Brown, Faling 64 x 30 cm

Mary Queally and Debbie Browne engage in a very free flowing painting process, no objects necessary, just letting things happen while they are painting. The paintings are very rich in colour and seem to reflect on rhythm and energy. Mary uses tissue to create a surface texture. She uses this texture as a starting point and inspiration for the making of the painting. Her favourite colours are rich oranges, reds and purples. For her, painting has a spiritual quality. She compares painting with meditation. Her favourite artist of the past is Wassily Kandinsky.

Debbie uses colour for the excitement and expression of joy and happiness. Her paintings are very colourful and remind us of hot places down south. She uses a collage technique and builds up layers of paper and paint. She draws from her sailing experiences and visiting the Canary Islands. She is the youngest member of the group and has a natural ability in handling paint.

Workshop Diana Rock Sep. 12 021Patsy Connelly

Diana Rock and Patsy Connolly are more inclined to abstract from an object or use images from the outside world as a starting point. These images come and go during the painting process. Figurative elements might be integrated as well and give more recognisable meaning to the work. Diana goes out into nature and takes photographs which inform the work. Her colour scheme often reflects her findings. She is a very lyrical and sensitive painter.

Patsy’s work is often a reflection of her garden. It is concerned with the cycle of the seasons and growth, death and renewal. Aspects of the Burren Landscape, its people and animals living in the Burren also enter during the painting process. She often uses black/white and red. Beautiful grey tones link the different parts of the painting.Christine Porter,mixed media'Woman' by Rita Wobbe

Christine Porter and Rita Wobbe are very intuitive painters. Both start the painting by using a grid or an underlying structure. The structure is often enhanced by the use of sand and glue which create a surface texture.

Experimentation is at the heart of Christine’s current practice. Her work explores the changing relationships created between the illusion of depth and actual depth in the composition, using thin paint layers and textured layers to produce visually dynamic images. Christine’s colour sense is subtle and confidently expressed, imparting a luminous quality to her work.

Rita likes to use a structure as a starting point for the painting process. She engages in a process of control and letting go, structure and free flow. A search for female identity has been the starting point of her recent exploration. These first paintings/drawings represent different stages in female life. They address feelings of youth, sexuality, awakening, outsider identity, loneliness, anger, speechlessness, etc. They are emotional abstractions.

The power of abstract painting lies in its richness of ambiguity and possibility of human expression. Over the last 100 years abstract painting has been shifting boundaries and questioning our perception of reality.

The painting process is a form of ‘mapping the brain’, using references from the outside world which enter and disappear. These references integrate during the painting process and become one on the 2D surface of the painting. In fact the painting itself becomes the subject and the object; it carries its own reality. At times the painting seems to be alive, it breathes in and out. The layers of paint are like a skin over the skeleton of an animal.

‘A painting is, it does not have to be explained’.

Abstract painting uses different means of expression; colour, line, form, surface texture, etc. are freely used as elements during the creative process. Abstract painting is challenging; it gives the viewer ‘more to do’ when engaging with ‘a process of transformation’. It allows us to re-experience the thrill of making and creating a piece of art. After all it is a platform for free expression which we all like to enjoy and appreciate.

Check out images of the successful launch of the exhibition:
Republic of Colour @ The New Line Studios. Official opened by Charles Harper on July 12th
http://www.ritawobbe.com/2013/07/13/new-line-studio-artists-at-ennistymon-gallery-opening-12-7-2013/

RED COUCH SPACE

JULY 12 – AUG 8

About Place New work by Kristen Healy

Official Opening – Friday 12thJuly at 8pm

Image 1 - Kristen HealyThe latest work by Kristen Healy draws from personal photographs and fieldwork sketches from summers spent in the Burren. More than landscape, the works explore the relationship between memory and space evoking the idea of the genii loci, the spirit of the place. The intimate relationship between place and person is cultivated through time and exploration, a development mirrored by that of the painting process itself.

Paint is applied in soft hues and strong confident line bringing form into focus, guiding the viewer as if through a journey. These musings have a meditative quality in which the everyday is dissolved and the personal narrative that exists between artist and subject is extended to the viewer through the exploration of the canvass surface.

Healy studied Fine art painting at The University of Wolverhampton and has exhibited regularly in the South of England and in Europe. She has moved her studio practice to Ennistymon, County Clare where she continues to develop her dialogue between personal perception and allegory.

Kristenhealy.co.uk

 

CHROMA – Paintings by Daniel McKeon

Main Gallery

JUNE 7 – JULY 4 – Opening Friday 7th June at 8pm

Chroma by Daniel McKeon

Daniel Mc Keon is a Dublin based artist who primarily works as a painter from a studio in the historical Henrietta Street area of Dublin. While growing up into his twenties he lived and worked in county Clare where his sister Eileen still has a house today outside Ennis. Daniel Mc Keon had his first solo exhibition at the Old Ground Hotel in 1978 alongside other artists who showed there at that time including John Shinnons, Micheal Gemmell, Catrinoa O’ Connor, to name a few because there was no other galleries or venues suitable for showing artworks at that time in county Clare. He has since gone on to exhibit his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, his paintings being mostly abstract and process driven usually made in different series.
Daniel Mc Keon also makes photographic or lens based artworks often using collage which has become an integral part of his artistic practice. For his upcoming exhibition from June 7th to 4th July 2013 at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon he has made a new series of works titled CHROMA which he hopes to use as an opportunity to reconnect to the county and people of Clare.


RED COUCH SPACE

JUNE 7 – JULY 4Opening Friday 7th June at 8pm

Housing Crisis – Ink drawings by Michael Coyne

Mick Coyne

This new exhibition of work by Mick Coyne “Housing Crisis” was prompted by the ongoing problem of ghost estates around Ireland.

Mick Coyne who is very involved in traditional irish music and singing scene lives in Ennis Co.Clare and has a Hairdressing business.He has always been in the art scene either through the music, singing or designing hair styles. Due to an ongoing illness that kept him housebound Mick became interested in drawing and painting. Drawing occupies his time during times of pain and boredom and sometimes he could be up most of the night.

Mick spent a year drawing trees. Most trees were with houses in mind. Either a farm house or a Georgian house with a small cherry tree in the garden. He crossed over from trees to houses without really noticing it.

Pen and ink is the main medium for this exhibition. It is good for intricate work and crisp colour.