Jaskane Café Trio at the Courthouse Gallery Thursday 28th May at 8pm

Jaskane instruments

Jaskane Café Trio showcases an eclectic and diverse range of international café style or ‘chamber folk’ music. The trio brings a unique blend of violin, oboe and guitar to a repertoire ranging from Russian folk dances to Argentinian tangos; iconic film themes to contemporary Irish folk. The trio’s original arrangements and harmonisations provide an evocative experience for the listener.

Since forming in the summer of 2013, Jaskane Café Trio has been building up a steady following through performances in intimate venues around Clare. The trio have also performed live on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show and released their debut album ‘Jaskane Café Trio Live’.The performers in Jaskane Café Trio have a diverse range of influences. Karen Kelly plays classical violin, her performances including orchestral works, chamber music and a particular love for all tangos argentinian. Oboist Etain McCooey has developed a uniquely ‘Irish’ oboe style, combining her classical oboe training with her knowledge of Irish whistle style and technique; Jason Noone is a guitarist and producer with a background in rock, blues and improvisation.

 

Admission €10

 

Yoga for Strength-Flexibility-Vitality with Helga Himmelsbach 

Starting:
Tuesday: May 26th 10:15 – 11:30 am
Wednesday: May 27th 7:15 – 8:30 pm
Cost:4 weeks – €50.00

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 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.

Contact Helga on 086-8960959

Schedule for the 2nd Annual North Clare Happiness Week May 16-24

Schedule for the 2nd Annual North Clare Happiness Week
(All events coloured red are at the Courthouse Gallery)

Saturday, May 16th at 10 am
‘Happy:The Movie’

The Courthouse Gallery
Ennistymon
€5 donation optional

Sunday, May 17 at 8pm
Concert with Burren Community and Children’s Choirs
and The Gunas and Belle Voce Girls Choirs from East Clare
St. Fachnan’s Church
Kilfenora
Admission €5

Monday, May 18 at 2pm
Burren in Bloom Walk at Slieve Carron Nature Reserve (meet at car park)
See www.burreninbloom.com
Burrenbeo members free
non-members €10 donation

Monday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
‘Happiness in the Present Moment’
with Anne Buckley
The Courthouse Gallery
Ennistymon
Free admission

Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30pm
Loving Kindness Meditation
with Bob Vernon
The Courthouse Gallery
Ennistymon €5 donation optional

Wednesday, May 20 at 8pm
Laughter Yoga
with Ciaran Ennis
The Guru Tea House
Ennistymon
€5/€3 concessions

Thursday, May 21 at 10-11:15 am
Yoga for Happiness
with Michelle Moroney
The Cliffs of Moher Retreat
Liscannor
Charitable donations optional

Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm
Screening of ‘Happy:The Movie’ 
plus Introduction to Meditation with Bob Vernon
The Courthouse Gallery
€5 donation optional

Friday, May 22 at 1-5pm
Moy Hill Garden Open Day
at Moy(parking at Moy Church)
Free admission

Sunday, May 24 at 1-4pm
Bealtaine Children’s Festival
at Green Field behind Falls Hotel
Ennistymon
Entry fee of €10 per family of 2 adults/4 children or €4 per individual
Includes all activities.
(Fundraiser for Mol an Oige Steiner NS Parent’s Council)

‘The Middle of Nowhere / The Centre of the Universe’

An exhibition of new colour lino-cuts by Mike O’Connor [with some photographs and collages].

Official opening on 12th June at 8 pm by John Egan with music by Johnny Moynihan

Mike O’Connor has been making prints in North Clare for over thirty years, mostly landscape images. This show is called ‘The Middle of Nowhere / The Centre of the Universe’. “It seemed to me that they are one and the same. The notion celebrates the growing excitement to be met in the everyday, in farmland, weather, roads – everything”

“I grew up with printing, my father being an engraver and Art-School principal. Although I have a particular fondness for the simple print in black on white paper, I work with colours printed with multiple blocks. This opens out the process to a huge variation of options, images large and small, bright and sombre. More variation comes from the techniques used, some blocks being cut boldly and printed roughly, others cut slowly with detail in fine lines or a scratching method

.blau cow - CopyMy images come from the things and places I see every day. To transmit the excitement from the eye, through the head onto paper is the task. With printmaking, this process is less direct, as a block has to be cut [and maybe one or two more for a richer image], then inked and printed in successive layers onto paper. The process of getting this as one wants is called proofing. The work is printed on an iron Albion press made in 1831, though an extra large print has to be pressed by hand with rollers”.

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studying how

About Printmaking

There is no original that is copied. The print, once cut, proofed and printed, is the original. Made by the artist from the first idea to the finished work. This is the essential difference between a printmaker’s print and a reproduction, which is merely a photograph of an artwork [made in any medium or size] industrially printed – as for a magazine or poster.

Because a print is a multiple, unlike a drawing or a painting, there are more than one. The printmaker limits the number produced in an edition [this might be between 5 and 100]. This means that they are less expensive to buy, and can go home with more than one person, while remaining an original artwork.

As a seminal printmaker, Eric Gill, declared some 80 years ago, these are things, not pictures of things.

Mike O'Connor,the middle of nowhere

 RED COUCH SPACE

‘See’ an exhibition of new works by Mary Fahy.

Official opening 12th June at 8 pm by John Egan

Mary Fahy’s upcoming art exhibition ‘See’, comprises local scenes of Ennistymon.

‘I love that I see something new every day around Ennistymon, and familiar scenes evolve in ever-changing light. My attention is drawn to long shadows creeping through these everyday scenes, and the sense of surprise as one turns a corner. The layers of tarmac, footpaths, renovated and derelict buildings all tell tales of those who live here and all who pass through. A truck rounding a corner, or the cast shadow of a passerby stretches into the painting. I love the stories that are woven into these places, each of us with our own personal histories and memories.

Mary Fahy,The Hatchet (Blakes Corner)

These paintings of local scenes in Ennistymon are a way of grounding me in this area. The walls, hedges, gates and winding roads all control our view of the local landscape, keeping us to the edges, and framing our view. I love how the shadows reach across these boundaries, connecting places. The slanting electricity poles and sagging power lines seem to knit the landscape together. Continuing the painting around the edges of the canvas gives a sense of depth and movement for the viewer. I love the conversations that a painting can inspire, and the new references that seem to soak into the image. Come to the show, have a look and tell your story!’

Mary Fahy,Walking through Woodmount'

 

Arc of Visibility – New Paintings by Sara Foust and Cormac O’Leary

May 8th – June 4th 2015

Opening Reception Friday 8th May at 8pm

Arc of Visibility, a joint exhibition of recent paintings by artists Sara Foust and Cormac O’Leary, opens at Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon on Friday 8th May.   The artists present complementary perspectives on the texture and atmosphere of the rugged Irish coast, the maritime landscape distilled through memory and the lens of narrative.

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Sara Foust

In a new series of paintings of Liscannor Bay, Sara Foust reflects on the human journey through a chaotic world, struggle and transcendence, surfaces and depths. The artworks are meditations on light and reflection, the broken mirror of the bay, the rough texture of choppy water and rocky coast, and the fragile craft alone and suspended between a world of depths and a hemisphere of sky.

Sara Foust is an artist based in County Clare.  She studied art at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design in the United States.  She trained with acclaimed muralist Susan Cervantes in San Francisco, California, where she became an established muralist.  Sara has exhibited her artwork in Ireland, France and America, and her paintings are in public and private collections.  A suite of her paintings from the Surfaces/Depths series has been commissioned and installed in University Hospital Limerick this month. 

 

http://www.sarafoust.com/

 

Cormac O'Leary Out of sight, out of mind, Oil on board, 12 x 12 ins

Cormac O’Leary

‘My work explores the immediate environment in the Irish northwest,
memory, light and the atmosphere of place all merge in the
final image, built up in tactile layers of paint. I strive to
capture fleeting moments, glimpsed in passing time. Each image
lingers like the visual afterglow of a dream.’
Cormac O’Leary is an artist based in County Leitrim. He studied fine Art at Sligo IT from 1987 to 1991. An award-winning artist, he has exhibited his work widely in Ireland, the UK and America.

www.cormacolearyartist.yolasite.com

 

THE INAUGURAL CAITLIN MacNAMARA/ DYLAN THOMAS WEEKEND IN ENNISTYMON & DOOLIN. 15-17 MAY 2015

           CAITLIN DYLAN SOCIETY

ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE INAUGURAL CAITLIN MacNAMARA/
DYLAN THOMAS WEEKEND IN ENNISTYMON & DOOLIN.
15-17 MAY 2015

 
CAITLIN MacNAMARA WAS REARED AT THE FALLS HOTEL(THEN ENNISTYMON
HOUSE),DAUGHTER OF THE LEGANDARY ARTIST & LANDLORD FRANCIS        MacNAMARA
(15,000 ACRES IN NORTH CLARE). CAITLIN WAS MARRIED TO THE ACCLAIMED
WELSH POET DYLAN THOMAS IN 1937. DYLAN CEMENTED HIS REPUTATION WHEN
HE PUBLISHED “UNDER MILKWOOD”, THUS CREATING A WORLDWIDE   DEMAND FOR
HIS READINGS. CAITLIN ALSO PUBLISHED BOOKS INCLUDING “LEFT OVER    LIFE TO KILL” & “NOT QUITE POSTHUMOUS LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER”.
BOTH ARE BURIED AT LOUGHARNE IN WALES.

OPENING OF WEEKEND AT THE COURTHOUSE GALLERY,
PARLIAMENT ST., ENNISTYMON, CO.CLARE.

 PROGRAMME     

FRIDAY-15th MAY 2015

 
8.00 P.M.  MICHAEL McNAMARA T.D. FOR CLARE OPENS THE WEEKEND.
POET- TOM MATHEWS

TOM HAS BEEN A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THE IRISH TIMES, SUNDAY
INDEPENDENT & HOT PRESS BOTH AS A POET & CARTOONIST.
SO FAR TOM HAS PUBLISHED TWO VOLUMES OF POETRY INCL.THE OWL
& THE PUSSYCAT. THREE COLLECTIONS OF CARTOONS & THREE  EXHIBITIONS
OF PAINTINGS.

TALK BY THE ACCLAIMED BIOGRAPHER & JOURNALIST ANDREW LYCETT ON
CAITLIN MacNAMARA & DYLAN THOMAS. ANDREW HAS PUBLISHED BIOGRAPHIES ON
DYLAN THOMAS & IAN FLEMING. HE WAS ALSO A SUNDAY TIMES CORRESPONDENT.

   MOVIE OF CAITLIN MacNAMARA

  10.00 P.M. – CAITLIN MacNAMARA TRAD SESSION AT MARRINANS, CHURCH   ST, ENNISTYMON    

 SATURDAY- 16th MAY 2015

8.00 PM  COURTHOUSE GALLERY,ENNISTYMON

AMERICAN POET – KNUTE SKINNER

THE WORLD FAMOUS AMERICAN POET WILL READ DYLAN & HIS OWN  POETRY.
KNUTE HAS PUBLISHED AT LEAST NINE VOLUMES OF POETRY WHICH HAS
BEEN PUBLISHED TOURED WORLDWIDE.HE HAS ALSO LECTURED ENGLISH.
KNUTE THE LEGEND IS A NATIVE OF St. LOUIS, MISSOURI &  ATTENDED
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO, MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE,& THE    UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.THIS SHOULD BE SPECIAL.

JACKIE HAYDEN PRESENTS DYLAN, DYLAN AND ME & A TALK ON DYLAN &
CAITLIN & IRISH CONNECTIONS.

JACKIE IS AN EX WRITER AT HOT PRESS &  A RECORD LABLE OWNER.
HE HAS PUBLISHED A BOOK  “A MAP OF LOVE-AROUND WALES WITH DYLAN THOMAS”,
MY BOY,& HIS LATEST BOOK – LOVE & THEFT.
HE HAS MET CAITLIN & DYLAN’S CHILDREN AERONWY & HANNAH. FURTHERMORE,
JACKIE HAS STAYED AT DYLAN’S BIRTHPLACE HOME IN SWANSEA & HAD A
POETRY READING THERE. A TRUE DYLAN FAN & LEGEND.

10.00 P.M. – CAITLIN MacNAMARA TRAD SESSION AT DALY’S, MAIN STREET,ENNISTYMON.

 

 SUNDAY – 17th MAY 2015

2.30 PM – VISIT TO DOOLIN- THE ANCESTRAL HOME OF THE MacNAMARA’S
INCLUDING DOOLIN HOUSE & THE MacNAMARA MAUSOLEUM AT DOOLIN   CEMETERY.
MEET AT FITZ’S BAR, DOOLIN HOTEL.

                                 ============================================
CAITLIN DYLAN SOCIETY
FACEBOOK: CAITLIN MacNAMARA/DYLAN THOMAS WEEKEND ENNISTYMON

          

Postcards from Home – A collaboration by Sarah & Jessica Fuller

Red Couch Space

May 8th – June 4th 2015

Opening reception May 8th at 8pm

Postcards from Home is a collaboration between artists and half sisters Sarah Fuller working in Co.Clare and Jessica Fuller, living and working in London. The project is motivated by a shared desire to make work through gift exchange and to communicate with each other in a more intimate and tactile way.

“We never knew each other when I was growing up, but after leaving home we started to write and built a long and lasting correspondence. These postcards are a  continuation of our exchanges in a more visual way.”

Approximately 100 postcards are shown here, made using drawing, water colour, mixed media and collage. The images presented are drawn from the artists immediate environments and show routes to work or walks in the country, found objects from these locations and the stories associated with them.

postcard sarah

Sarah Fuller graduated with a BA Hons in Textile Design at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London and holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT, Dublin.

Her work has been exhibited at The Galway Arts Centre, Waterford Arts Centre, The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, The Riverbank Arts Centre and The Glor, Ennis.

Much of her artistic career has been devoted to Dog and String Theatre, creating and performing visual theatre for children’s audiences that has toured nationally and internationally.

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Jessica Fuller graduated with a first degree Honors BA in Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art and has collaborated with Helen Sturgess ‘Lost’ Artstride, Southend on Sea. KRF: 2 Artists Notebook Project, Riverbank Arts Centre, 2012. ‘La Tenerezza’, British School of Rome, 2012. She lives and works in Surrey, London.