KAVA had their first outing for a while on Thursday 28th September 2017.
Five people turned up for a day trip filled with visual delights from artists who all have an Irish connection. First stop was the Burren College of Art where three past pupils were hanging their exhibition called “Hats in the Belfry” which was to open that evening. It was also interesting to see the studios where students were hard at work. On to Ennistymon where we dropped into to our friend from the Kinvara Farmers Market, Sinead ni Ghairbhith, to see her new Coffee/Irish Cheese Shop and have a quick and delicious coffee. Then to the Courthouse, Ennistymon where two female artists with very different styles were exhibiting, Molly Douthit, an American living in the Burren with “Acts of Patience” and Galway based artist Anne Harkin Petersen with “Conjecture Unfolding”. After a cross country drive to Ennis we joined the motorway to Limerick where lunch loomed first, then a visit to the Limerick City Gallery of Art for the main treat of the day. Elizabeth Magill who was born in Canada, grew up in Northern Ireland and lives in London, is holding her first major Irish exhibition for 10 years called “Headland”. Her work refers to landscape, but as she says herself “it is more like an exterior view, an attempt to create a setting or space to place things, a kind of deposit of thoughts and obversations within the framework of a personal and painting practice” Beautiful work. Upstairs was a surprise, an intriguing and fascinating exhibition called “Landmarks and Lifeforms” by two artists living on the Beara Peninsula. The artists’ interests in geology, biology, marine science and zoology as well as travel and navigation is presented in the exhibition through painting, print, video installation and sculpture, combining scientific with artistic interpretations of the natural world. Along with other works Danny is showing cast sculptures made from red hot lava, with a fascinating film of the process. This one was well worth the visit. Another coffee then a quick visit to the Hunt Museum to see Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats before home. What an enjoyable and fun day out
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