New Art Exhibition in Stradbally Launched

New Art Exhibition in Stradbally Launched

Friday the 9th of June at 4.30 saw the launch of an exhibition of a body of artwork from “Painting and Drawing in Light, Mood and Movement”, at the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally.  The exhibition includes  selected work from a three-day summer painting programme for adults led by renowned artist John Keating, from the  7th to the 9th July and also includes some wonderful work by the artist himself.

John is a highly regarded and professional artist who has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.  He has guest lectured and tutored on the drawing studies course at the National Gallery of Ireland, National College of Art and Design, Dublin Institute of Technology.  Over the three days working at the Laois Arthouse John guided and inspired the 17 artists who took part in the course in a number of techniques.   The  areas covered included – still life- observational line, texture form and composition in various techniques;  figure- drawing and painting the figure through gesture, movement and static form; a sense of perspective- developing painting or drawing with the emphasis on spatial dimensionality and creating the illusion of space through light, tone and depth.

Laois Arts Scene centres on The Arthouse, Stradbally.

Laois Arts Scene centres on The Arthouse, Stradbally.

As well as Laois artists taking part, the course attracted artists from a number of different parts of the country including:  Dublin, Westmeath, Tipperary, Limerick, Kildare, and Offaly.

The Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Tom Mulhall launched the exhibition.  In his address he welcomed all the artists to the Arthouse, he congratulated them on the quality of their work and he thanked everyone involved in running the programme.

A special guest at th4e opening was Texaco Art Competition winner Lucy Deegan, Lucy Deegan, a 17-year old student from Luggacurren, Co. Laois was announced at the opening as the Laois Culture Night Ambassador. She will curate an exhibition of children and young people’s art in the Laois Arthouse as part of Culture Night.

The project was documented throughout by artist Lisa Fingleton and curated by Muireann Ní Chonaill, Arts Officer.

Laois Arthouse Gallery News

Selected work from this project and paintings by John Keating are now on display and all are welcome to come and view them until  Thursday 22nd June at 4pm.

Opening times: Tues and Thurs 1pm-5pm & 5.30pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-1pm (except on Bank Holiday) (entry through library) Wed and Fri 1pm-4pm (entry through Laois Arthouse)

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