The Methodist Hall, Friar Street, Youghal is the very suitable venue for an amazing exhibition of talent by Youghal Art Group. The Exhibition includes exhibits from all thirteen members of the Group, which includes eight ladies and five men. Report: Denise FitzGerald | Photo: Michael Hussey www.youghalonline.com | Email email@example.com
On Friday last, July 30th local author and award-winning radio journalist,Youghal man, Colm Keane, accompanied by his wife RTE newsreader Una O’Hagan, arrived in Youghal to perform the official opening of the Exhibition, where a large crowd of people were already packed into the Methodist hall, admiring the paintings on exhibit. Colm spoke eloquently to all present, and said how delighted he was to have the honour of officially opening this wonderful Exhibition.
Included in the paintings Julia Cracey Cox’ painting “All Creatures Great and Small” which was the winner of the ICA Challenge Cup Cork Federation 2010, and “To Fanore Beach” which was highly commended at the Burren Art competition, Lisdoonvarna 2010. Exhibitors include Risteard MacSuibhne, Louise O’Loughlin, Brigid Hughes, Chris Meehan, Michael O’Loughlin, Gretta Kelleher, Marina O’Loughlin, Julia Gracey Cox, Vanessa O’Loughlin, Bríd O’Brien and Gwillym Dewick.
Painting, they say, “ is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”!
The members generously make a donation to local charities in lieu of cheese and wine at the opening night.
This was their 16th exhibition.
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The Jack O’ Patsy Pottery is currently hosting the FETAC level 5 class of 2008 -2010 end of course art exhibition. The launch night was well attended with a large crowd of art lovers, friends, and invited guests all there to see the launch of the exhibition.
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Shane Supple one of the students and acting MC on the night, opened proceedings by thanking everyone for attending, he welcomed the newly elected Mayor of Youghal, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, Deputy Mayor Eoin Coyne, John O Connor and Patricia Walters from Cork County VEC, the students and course coordinator for Youghal Patricia Burns.
He then invited local artist Marcella Riordan to officially launch the exhibition. Marcella spoke about the course and the work the students had done. She congratulated Patricia Burns and the tutors for keeping this course going and the importance of the course to the town and people. She went on to say how she was struck with the different contrast of all the pieces on display, the textures colours and mediums showing the different aspects of Youghal and the surrounding areas. She advised the students to keep bouncing around new ideas, enter headlong into new experiences wished all the students the best of good fortune in everything they would do. She then officially opened the exhibition. A bouquet of flowers from Absolute Flowers was presented to Marcella by another student Amanda Hogan in thanks for launching the exhibition.
In Closing Shane mentioned how some of the students have already applied to third level courses in colleges in our area, others have found a new way to spend their leisure time. He spoke of the fantastic work and help the teaching staff provided throughout the two years and gave a special mention and thanks to the course coordinator Patricia Burns who was presented with a token of thanks on behalf of the students from Mary Walsh. He then listed the former students, now artists who had works hanging on the walls, Gretta Kellerher, Mary Walsh, Shivaun Phillips, Amanda Hogan, Liz Stack, Ber Motherway, Gwyllim Dewick, Martina Cassidy, Deirdre Ni She, Breda Power, Julia Gracey Cox, Paul Barenskie, Shane Supple and Marina O Loughlin.
A special thanks and recognition goes to the following people and business for their support on helping launch and hold the exhibition. Jack O’ Patsy for the use of their fantastic premises, Brookes Super Valu for helping out with refreshments, Youghal Pharmacy, Cashmans Bookmakers and Old Imperial Hotel for supplying prizes for the raffle held on the night, in which all monies raised went to Sister Bridie and all the fantastic work she is doing in Pakistan.
This was a special night for the students and is the culmination of two years work, this was a long journey that started on Tuesday the 30th September 2008 and finished with the launch of the exhibition.
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