Yoga and Life Drawing at the Courthouse

Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach

Starting: Tuesday 4th February 10:15am-11:30am
This series of classes is designed to show you how to strengthen your body in particular your back, core and joints while creating more space around the discs. You will learn how to relax and release tension so your body can realign itself. You can lead a more fulfilling, richer life with lots of energy instead of pain.
Beginners welcome. Helga is a practicing Physical Therapist for 25 years and a 500 hour trained Yoga teacher.

Pre-booking is essential at info@burrenwellness.com or 086-8960959
Cost – 6 weeks €75, Conc. 10% off – www.burrenwellness.com

Life Drawing Sessions  from February until April

Starting on Thursday Morning 6th February from 10 am – 12 noon
Bookings only for 4 week sessions – €40 or 8 week sessions – €80
If you are interested, please book as soon as possible as there are limited places  at info@thecourthousegallery.com or on Tel: 065-7071630

‘On the Edge of a Blue Sky’ , Opens February 7th at 7pm

On the Edge of a Blue Sky is a multi-disciplinary exhibition by Fiona Kelly and Lorraine Walsh.  The artists’ enquiry into abandoned and waste ground opens a conversation which considers the legacy and also the potential of these increasingly familiar environments.

Lorraine Walsh:  Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 50cm, 2013

Lorraine Walsh:
Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 50cm, 2013

Fiona Kelly:   Etched Lino Cut, 71cm x 71cm, 2013

Fiona Kelly:
Etched Lino Cut, 71cm x 71cm, 2013

Kelly’s observations of the manmade landscape, topographic movement, stagnation and metamorphosing debris are representations, characters for her contemporary fables; a legacy of longing, disposability and escape.  Using print, reclaimed materials and text she invites the viewer to join in a fundamental dialogue intrinsic to Fiona Kelly’s work which quietly speaks of urban sprawl, throwaway culture, and the absurdities found in unremarkable environments.

Fiona Kelly:   Etched Lino Cut, 55cm x 68cm, 2013.

Fiona Kelly:
Etched Lino Cut, 55cm x 68cm, 2013.

Lorraine Walsh discovers strange enclosures of manmade wilderness in her observations of derelict and vacant ground.  Using the particular qualities of paint and found materials the artist scavenges from the abandoned traces of previous human activity she finds along with a perception of a nature that is wild and sometimes dark to make the work.  Interested in what lies beneath the surface of everyday life  Walsh invites the viewer to small islands of escape or gaps in the system from where we might begin to see the world differently.

Lorraine Walsh:  Oil on Canvas, 25cm x 35cm, 2013.

Lorraine Walsh:
Oil on Canvas, 25cm x 35cm, 2013.

 http://lorrainewalshwork.wordpress.com/

IN THE RED COUCH SPACE

“Imram” New Paintings by Josephine Geaney

 ‘In the Celtic tradition, warriors and monks undertook incredible journeys of imagination and spirit. The Journey to the eternal, invisible world was called the imram.’(John O’Donohue, “Divine Beauty, The Invisible Embrace”)

 The exhibition “Imram” features sculptures made from bog oak, printed decayed canvas, and ashes, accompanied by paintings using images of boats crossing through boundaries to approach new partially visible dimensions. The idea behind this work is her curiosity of the life cycle and the life/death journey representing the fragmented and vulnerable state of the human condition.

Josephine Geaney, Emram

Imram, Josephine Geaney

Josephine’s work is autobiographical, allowing the viewer into her unconscious world of memory, experience and curiosity, using many mediums, such as digital imagery, sculpture, print and mixed media although her critical engagement is with paint, pushing its possibilities, constantly experimenting with new techniques and outcomes, manipulating the paint in order to capture light conveying an intended sense of atmosphere and mystery, drawing the viewer into the work, challenging them to look closely in order to add their own narrative and emotion to it.

The subject matter of her work varies from landscapes to figurative, using boundaries to express emotion, mood and narrative. Her paintings are realistic and yet abstract, playing with the idea of the visible and invisible, the real and unreal.

Emran 2

For more information : http://josephinegeaneyartist.com/

Exhibitions continue until March 6th 2014

 

North Clare Historical Society

The North Clare Historical Society’s 2014 lecture series commences Monday Jan 27th with a talk by Feakle native Kieran Sheedy.

TITLE: Sporting activity and wagering in 18th century Ireland.

CONTENT: The lecture includes details of various sporting activities
throughout the country, including horse racing, trotting, cock fighting,
hurling, foot races, boxing, real tennis, cudgelling, swimming,gaming tables and lotteries.

BIOG: Kieran Sheedy’s published works include three books on
Irish-Australian history while works on his native county include The Clare
Elections, The 1798 Rebellion in North West Clare and The Horse in County
Clare (2 vols). He also edited The Clare Anthology and is presently
completing a history on the foundation of the Irish bloodstock industry. Kieran held a number of posts in RTE Radio, including Head of Documentaries and Controller of Radio 1 before leaving to concentrate on writing.

TIME: 8 pm.

ADMISSION: €5

All are welcome

French Film Evening January 21st at 8pm

La Gloire de mon père (My Father’s Glory)

is a 1990 French film directed by Yves Robert, based on the novel My Father’s Glory by Marcel Pagnol,

Young Marcel was born in the country but raised in Marseille. His father, Joseph, is a hard-working strongly atheist public school teacher in Marseille. Marcel’s Aunt Rose marries the round, jovial, and very theistic and Roman Catholic Uncle Jules. Joseph and Uncle Jules come into conflict over religion.

Over summer break, Joseph and Jules decide to take their families to a house in the country.

Jules decides to educate Joseph in hunting techniques. Marcel wants to come hunting with them, but the two adults don’t like the idea; they lie to him that he can come, but leave the house while he is still just waking up. Marcel, aware of their deceit, gets up and follows them stealthily. He observes Jules making a fool out of Joseph over his hunting prowess. This enrages Marcel. But while he is following them he gets lost in the wilderness.

Come along and speak some French, drink some wine and enjoy a beautiful film!

Admission €3.00

New and interesting workshops and classes at the Courthouse Gallery

Gabriele Fine Art Course

Course outline:
The Fundamentals of drawing techniques and perspective, theories of shadows,
Watercolour painting techniques,
Still life, Oil painting & Old Masters techniques,
All the students will accomplish and complete a minimum of 3 Artworks supported by sketching and essential art notes.
Thursday 23rd January7:30 – 9 pm, 6 week course Tutor: Gabriele Capacchione MA Fine Art
Fee: 75 euro, all materials included

Would you like to learn or improve your Italian?

Elementary Italian Class starting Tuesday 28th January in the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon.
Learn Italian in a fun, relaxed environment with a focus on spoken communication and Italian culture.
Tuesday evenings: 7 pm to 8.45 pm.
28th January – 1st April
Enrolment 6.30 pm to 6.55 pm on Tuesday 28th January
10 week course 120 euro.
For further information please contact Aisling Wheeler on 085 2752954 or aislingchopsticks@hotmail.com

Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality at the Courthouse Gallery with Helga Himmelsbach

Starting: Tuesday 4th February 10:15am-11:30am
This series of classes is designed to show you how to strengthen your body in particular your back, core and joints while creating more space around the discs. You will learn how to relax and release tension so your body can realign itself. You can lead a more fulfilling, richer life with lots of energy instead of pain.
Beginners welcome.
Helga is a practicing Physical Therapist for 25 years and a 500 hour trained Yoga teacher.
Pre-booking is essential at info@burrenwellness.com or 086-8960959
Cost – 6 weeks €75, Conc. 10% off – www.burrenwellness.com

Life Drawing Sessions at the Courthouse Gallery with model Jans from February until April

Starting on Thursday Morning 6th February from 10 am – 12 noon
Bookings only for 4 week sessions – €40 or 8 week sessions – €80
If you are interested, please book as soon as possible as there are limited places at info@thecourthousegallery.com or on Tel: 065-7071630

Workshop: Sketchup for artists

Saturday 15 February from 1-5pm

Workshop fee €15
3D models can revolutionise the way you work, from design to grant application to installation & layout. The workshop, led by Cathal Murphy, is four hours long, in which we will cover:
Templates
Measuring & Drawing
Manipulating 3D objects
Textures & Colours
Adding Dimensions to Drawings
Exporting Images and 3D models
Importing a floor-plan or image
Using MagicPlan
…and as many other things as we have time for.
Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) with Sketchup installed: go to www.sketchup.com. If you have a smartphone, download MagicPlan from the App store. All other materials will be provided.

Pre-booking is essential at info@thecourthousegallery.com or call us at 065 -707 1630

New and interesting workshops and classes at the Courthouse Gallery

Gabriele Fine Art workshop

Course outline:

The Fundamentals of drawing techniques and perspective, theories of shadows,

Watercolour  painting  techniques,

Still life, Oil painting  & Old Masters techniques,

All the students will accomplish and complete a minimum of 3 Artworks supported by sketching and essential art notes.

Thursday16th January 7:30 – 9 pm  6 week course  Tutor: Gabriele Capacchion MA Fine Art

Fee: 75 euro, all material included

Phone 784 9598 to confirm booking

 Would you like to learn or improve your Italian? 

 

Elementary Italian Class starting Tuesday 28th January in the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon.
Learn Italian in a fun, relaxed environment with a focus on spoken communication and Italian culture.
Tuesday evenings: 7 pm to 8.45 pm.

28th January – 1st April

Enrolment 6.30 pm to 6.55 pm on Tuesday 28th January
10 week course 120 euro.

For further information please contact Aisling Wheeler on 085 2752954 or aislingchopsticks@hotmail.com

Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality at the Courthouse Gallery with Helga Himmelsbach

Starting: Tuesday 4th February  10:15am-11:30am     

This series of classes is designed to show you how to strengthen your body in particular your back, core and joints while creating more space around the discs. You will learn how to relax and release tension so your body can realign itself. You can lead a more fulfilling, richer life with lots of energy instead of pain.

Beginners welcome.

Helga is a practicing Physical Therapist for 25 years and a 500 hour trained Yoga teacher.

Pre-booking is essential at info@burrenwellness.com or 086-8960959

Cost – 6 weeks €75, Conc. 10% off –  www.burrenwellness.com

Life Drawing Classes at the Courthouse Gallery with Jans from February until April

 

 Starting on Thursday Morning 6th February from 10 am – 12 noon

Bookings only for 4 week sessions – €40 or 8 week sessions – €80

If you are interested, please book as soon as possible as there are limited places at info@thecourthousegallery.com or on Tel: 065-7071630

Workshop: Sketchup for artists

Saturday 15 February from 1-5pm
Workshop fee €15

3D models can revolutionise the way you work, from design to grant application to installation & layout. The workshop, led by Cathal Murphy, is four hours long, in which we will cover:
Templates
Measuring & Drawing
Manipulating 3D objects
Textures & Colours
Adding Dimensions to Drawings
Exporting Images and 3D models
Importing a floor-plan or image
Using MagicPlan
…and as many other things as we have time for.
Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) with Sketchup installed: go to www.sketchup.com. If you have a smartphone, download MagicPlan from the App store. All other materials will be provided.

 

Pre-booking is essential at info@thecourthousegallery.com or call us at 065 -707 1630

An Introduction to Meditation, Mindfulness and Creative Relaxation.

8pm on the 15th of January.

 Meditation; finding an inner place of peace

Mindfulness; using that place to move forward

Creative Relaxation; deals with stress

and its medical consequences;

 high blood pressure, depression and anxiety

and helps resolve personal and health issues.

 Where you may sign up for an eight week course starting in February

led by The Revd. Bob Vernon (M.A.)

New exhibitions

AUG 8– SEP 4 

 ‘New Paintings and Some Drawings’ by Samuel Walsh

Official opening by Dr Hugh Maguire, Director, The Hunt Museum, Limerick 

on Saturday, 9th August, at 4pm

181. Hiems V, 2012

Hiems V’, Acrylic/oil/canvas,100x100xcms, 2012.

The word ‘new’ in the title of this exhibition might happily be replaced with the word ‘newish’ except that the latter has an awkwardness that doesn’t fit with my way of thinking. The fact is that not all the paintings in this show are ‘new’ and the ‘new’ refers to what has become an established, stylistic consistency in the making of my art since about 2006. I have, for the first time in many years found a formula in which to lay down structure, line and colour in arrangements that reflect my observation of the world as I move through it and note its many variations and permutations.

These observations are not long studied examinations of situations. They are glances, glimpses, the edges and the ends of things, quick sightings of the world in very much the same way as most of us move through the places and spaces that make up our everyday experience. The difference is that I make a note of these experiences and consider turning them into something other than a memory. I make them into a story, a personal story that is unique to me and presents itself as a work of art. This is both the joy and the burden of being an artist; the ethical responsibility to see the world in a particular way and to document it in such a fashion that it can be universally experienced. The universality of art is not that it is the same to everyone but that each person sees it differently and therefore can experience that work of art exclusively to themselves sometimes shared using what is called language. Sometimes we see things the same; this is to be welcomed, but there are often subtle differences within that sameness. This way of looking at art and recognising it has been with us for many thousands of years but we live in an age of immediacy so we often confuse identification with understanding and ask the meaning of art where there is none or in some cases too much.

These paintings (drawings, studies) do not mean anything other than what you see in them. They are square (there are two exceptions here), coloured and have linear elements. The colours come from observations but may change in the making of an individual work and the linear elements come from drawings made in situ of any number of things. Sometimes the paintings come from a passage in a book, an idea I might have about the world, a note made from an old master painting or a simple observation on my part, but mostly they come from just looking around me at what is going on or in some cases what is not going on.

My work is often called abstract but I don’t see it like that. To me it is more like a new reality, a different reality and that turning a blank canvas into the illusion of a vase of flowers with the use of earth and mineral pigments and the hairs of a Chinese pig is real abstraction!

 

We all see the world differently which makes our individual worlds unique to ourselves. I just happen to have a process by which I can share that individuality with a larger audience. Samuel Walsh, Cloonlara, Co Clare, June-July 2014

Samuel Walsh. was born in Wimbledon, London in 1951. Both his parents were Irish: his mother from Limerick, his father from Ennis. He was educated in London until 1968 and also in Limerick at Villiers Secondary School. Initially he lived in Limerick but since 1990 has lived and worked in Co Clare where he has a studio. He studied at the Limerick School of Art and subsequently took an MA in Fine Art (Painting) at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He also holds a NUI Diploma in Philosophy from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1997 and served as a Toscaireacht from 2007-2009. He is the founder of the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing that hangs in the Limerick City Gallery of Art. He is in the words of Róisin Kennedy of the National Gallery of Ireland: ‘…one of the country’s leading exponents of abstract art…’ 

www.samuelwalsh.com

RED COUCH SPACE

AUG 8– SEP 4 

‘Sorting and Piecing’ by Mollie Douthit 

Official opening on Saturday, 9th August, at 4pm

DouthitRedcouch

The exhibition runs 9th August- 4th of September and features oil paintings and gouache on paper. Douthit’s practice entails sitting with and looking at objects, relaying what is viewed with paint or drawing materials. Featured in this exhibition are paintings of small food items that are personal reminders of  people and places. Douthit values how the discription of an object can be achieved through direct fresh mark making. The opacity of gouache encourages immediacy with material once it touches paper, marks left emulate what is being viewed immediately. The oil paintings are equally as demanding in their presence but begin to consider the space where the objects exist. The items are trapped within a new dimension of paint and no longer absent of that space, as in the works on paper. These works are meant to be an investigation of the colour and form of these objects, while  enjoying the physical traits of something nostalgic, considering how it exists when it becomes something that is only to be viewed.

Mollie Douthit (b. 1986, Grand Forks, ND)

2009 BFA University of North Dakota

2011 Post Bac Certificate, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2014 MFA Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland

Douthit’s work has been featured in the 2013 MFA edition of New American Paintings, MFA, Boston Medal Award Auction, RDS Student Art Awards exhibition, as well as the Saatchi gallery in London. Douthit exhibited in the 2013 RHA Annual Exhibition and received the Hennessy Craig Award. In February 2014 Douthit was featured in Saatchi Art’s Invest in Art series.

Starting in September Douthit will begin the Tony O’Malley residency in Kilkenny, and has been selected for a solo exhibition in the Ashford gallery space at the RHA, Dublin.

 For further information on Douthit visit www.molliedouthit.com

 

‘Traces’ by Robert Dunne and Cormac O’Neill & ‘Who Am I?’ by Kris T. Verenga

‘Traces’ by Robert Dunne and Cormac O’Neill

Official opening on Saturday 11th January at 4 pm 

passage Robert Dunne after kant Robert Dunne

Robert Dunne’s work is mainly about growing up in a small mining village in north Kilkenny. It explores issues about identity and the uncertainty which comes with it. Robert’s work incorporates drawing, painting and sculpture. The starting point is always drawing, and this involves layering and then taking elements away; work is exposed and layered again, the ideas which emerge from these drawings can sometimes be developed into other media.

Robert has created a site specific piece especially for this show, the piece involved working with schools kids from Kilkenny and Ennistymon, to create brown paper bag houses, which will be on show en masse, and this piece is about hiding and exposing parts of one’s identity.

Robert Dunne was educated in the USA and Ireland. Since the 1990s he has been exhibiting in a number of group- and solo shows.

b.  First dynasty of dreams Cormac O'Neill untitled small Cormac O'Neill

Cormac O’Neill is a painter. His painting is intuitive and expressive. It is a restless engagement with coherence. The work maintains a record of its own history as a series of tentative sallies and failures towards an intuition or idea.

The works combine abstract marks, text and at times mechanically reproduced images. These images reflect sometimes on the bombardment of images and the difficulty of objective history. Sometimes they reflect on the fact of these images in their banality and ubiquity. The text is used to amplify the echo of some of the difficulties we meet in our contemporary encounters with the symbolic.

Inspired by Eastern and Western philosophical thought and poetry Cormac makes images which draw from our current presence in the world and resonate with the universal.

The show runs until February 1st

IN THE RED COUCH SPACE

 ‘Who Am I?’ – a series of self-portrait paintings by Kris T. Verenga

Official opening on Saturday 11th January at 4 pm with Anu Day

Kris T  Verenga hidden radiance small threeheaded cobra small Kris T. Verenga

 The question ‘Who Am I’ is a provocative one and a question that the artist has been addressing as a life pursuit. It is first a spiritual question of origin, looking at the source of consciousness, ego, and self. And secondly it has been a question for the artists’ work. How does this get expressed through painting and creativity

 Kris T. Verenga says about the process: “The investigation of ‘Self’, manifesting as a series of ‘Self’-portraits began the winter of 2011. At first it was a distraction from bleak days and nights and then became a tool for the ‘outsider’ to go deeper into the vessel of the human form as a philosophical search and as a practice for fine tuning the eye, and refining  drawing and compositional skills.  It began to read as a storyboard of characters reflected through still images, a Dickensian winter drama”.

She continues: “I began by setting up scenes and placing her form on the set, photographing the moment using tripod and remote. The process began as a candid look, no artificial distractions like expectations of beauty or lack there of.

One begins to look with detachment at the form, without judgement. This in itself delivers an emotional adjustment of acceptance. The process evolved from strictly straight forward ‘seeing’ to a more elaborate development which illustrated mental constructs, visual turns, narrative twists and bent images.

Approaching year two of this examination, the portrait settles, there is less literal interpretation, the images disperse into emptier space and drift into abstraction”.

For more information: http://www.kristyverenga.com