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August at Blue House Gallery Schull
August at the Blue House begins with new paintings by Christine Thery and Catherine Weld, and ceramics by Jane Jermyn. The gallery downstairs then hosts an important exhibition of Continental and British art from the Alice Schwab collection, whilst upstairs Masters of Contemporary Printmaking showcases work mainly from artists associated with Graphic Studio Dublin.
Paintings and Ceramics August 3rd -15th, Opening Friday 3rd August, 6 - 8pm
In this exhibition, Christine Thery offers more of her wonderfully evocative oil paintings of West Cork landscapes and rural life. She says I have been living on Heir Island for the last 20 years and it, together with other nearby islands and the mainland, are the primary source of material for my paintings. The island flora, something that I only felt compelled to begin painting last year, has been inspiring me again this year, especially in this summer of summers.
Catherine Weld's paintings, also based on the West Cork landscape, hover between figuration and abstraction. She says my paintings and drawings are the creative expression of my response to the physical and emotional experiences of life. I draw and paint from observation of the subject in the landscape, then back in the studio enter into a conversation with the paint during which, if I'm lucky, the image will emerge.
The Blue House is also delighted to introduce Jane Jermyn, a highly accomplished and creative ceramics artist who is new to the gallery. She will be showing work that is an amalgamation of various strands she has been exploring over the past couple of years, resulting in abstract forms that combine geological and organic references. The pieces are hand-built by a coiling and pinching method using various clays and finishes, and a number of pieces for this show were made and fired in a wood kiln during a residency in Italy in June this year.
Alice Schwab Collection and Masters of Contemporary Printmaking
August 17th - 27th, Opening Friday 17th August, 6 – 8pm
Alice Schwab arrived in London in 1937 as a 22 year old Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Throughout her life she collected art, befriended and supported artists and, following her death, her daughter Julia Neuberger, Rabbi and Member of the House of Lords, established the Alice Schwab Trust in order to support refugees and asylum seekers pursuing higher education. This timely exhibition clearly resonates with Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, currently based at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre; while refugees continue to flee their troubled homelands, assisting the dispossessed to move on in their lives seems close to an essential duty for concerned