Stunning exhibition to celebrate 50 years of North Louth artists

Dundalk-based artist, Derek Bell’s work is part of the 50th anniversary exhibition of North Louth Artists

A stunning exhibition of painting and sculpture, celebrating 50 years of artists working in North Louth, will open in Dundalk’s An Táin Arts Centre on May 9. 

The 50th Anniversary Exhibition of the North Louth Artists features over 60 artworks, paintings, sculptures and ceramics created by leading professional artists living and working in the region.

Founder members included renowned Irish artists, Bea Orpen and Drogheda-born Nano Reid. The North Louth Artists group is a network of 14 professional visual artists who exhibit annually.

“The aim is to give Louth artists opportunities to show their work locally, while giving the public the chance to appreciate it, and we are delighted to continue that tradition into its 50th year,” said artist and group chairperson, Irene Woods.

“Our anniversary exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for people to discover and explore the work some of Louth’s most creative visual and sculptural artists.

“They will also be pleasantly surprised to learn how accessible and affordable it can be to purchase a piece of original art for their home.”

The exhibition, which runs from May 10-26, will be opened by Dr Marie Bourke, formerly Keeper and Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Among the 14 artists exhibiting are Cooley Peninsula-based landscape painter, Irene Woods and Dundalk sculptor, Sandra Bell, whose well-loved public art pieces include the Rhyme and Rhythm bronze sculpture at Earl Street, Dundalk, and husband Derek Bell paints a great variety of subjects from landscape to figurative in oil.

Renowned for her beautifully detailed floral watercolours is Blackrock artist, Paula Eigenheer, while Dundalk De La Salle secondary school teacher, Gerry Clarke, is also well-known for his watercolours.

Former teacher and founder member of Dundalk’s Bridge Street Studios, Frances Lambe, will be showing her work in sculptural ceramics.

Painter John O’Connor will be showing his abstract and figurative works inspired by local bogs and landscapes.

Among the new rising stars are Carlingford sculptor Alva Gallagher, who works mainly in glass, and Dundalk-born Omin who has been gaining acclaim bringing graffiti art to a mainstream audience.

Carlingford Lough provides the inspiration for artist, Rosemary Warren, while dazzling, exhilarating colour is a feature of Blackrock-based artist Patricia Murphy’s work.

Also exhibiting are north Louth husband and wife, Siobhan Conyngham and Patrick Conyngham.

Siobhan’s work aims to captures feelings from the landscape using oils and tempera, while Drogheda-born Patrick uses mixed media to create works that play between the abstract and the figurative.

Also working very much in abstract is the highly regarded Mullacrew artist, Ciara Agnew, who has had over a dozen of her pieces acquired by the Office of Public Works.

The North Louth Artists 50th Anniversary Exhibition runs from May 10-26 at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk, ( 042 933 2332 ) open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

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