Third Time's The Charm
|Me, Diane and Olive painting just before dusk in Ballylongford.|
I am the proud pig of the Olive Stack Gallery Residency and Listowel.
I've happily, piggishly spent more than 4 months in Ireland over 3 years, thanks to Olive who offers month-long artist residencies. The residency comes complete with views of the comings and goings of Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
This year, returning with a wonderful artist and traveler Diane Pike!
After 3 visits, it is all the same and all different. Still the wonder and enchantment of the first few days of discovery with another great friend, Laura McRae Hitchcock. That was when, fresh off the bus, we met Damian Stack ("no relation to Olive," he assures).
This third year, it is still Damian who reveals the best secrets of Kerry in his now infamous wild drives off the beaten path. This week, we wandered Beara Peninsula way for yet more discoveries. The thing about Damian is that guide-to-all-things-Kerry is his passion. He also heads Stack Furniture and Carpets, organizes city-wide events and a million other projects and shenanigans. Okay, shenanigans are his actual passion. This year, I was promoted to "adopted Stack status." The bad news is the status entitles me to S.F.A. (Sweet F*** All).
Painting-wise...the brilliantly designed and varied hues of the city's facades still grab me. It's always the first painting I do when I get here.This year, I took a walking tour with Vincent Camody who focused on the designs of Patrick McAuliffe.
From my favorite vantage in the square, the city's charms are laid out. St John's Theater , in the Church of Ireland building hosts wonderful plays and currently exhibits the Listowel Visual Arts Week juried show, The Wild Atlantic Way. I was humbled to have the painting Castletownbere Port accepted into this show.
|Castletownbere 8 x 10" available at DilworthArtisanStation|
At St. John's, I attended a performance of "Big Maggie." One of Listowel's John B. Keane's wonderful plays. The role of Maggie, the powerful and cruel matriarch, was so intense a, the character physically combats her own daughter. The actress was in tears well into the curtain call. Some of this emotion may have had to do with the attendance of Keane's children in the audience. The performance fell during the 90th birthday of the playwrite.
Chic Boutique in these city scapes. But even better is to be lucky enough to have an encounter with Mary or her mom, Pat. Mary's witty observations are the kind you think about later and BURST OUT laughing!
The Seanachai Writers' Museum
|Seanachai Writers Museum|
It's my own bathroom view that provoked a series of Butler Building paintings under different lights and times of day. Most of these will be on view at my exhibition (with Diane Pike) at Caldwell Arts Council on October 5
|Painting available at Olive Stack Gallery|
|Party at Carol's|
|View of Lislaughtin, Ballylongford|
|Hydrangea and Landscape: Cahirdaniel|
What I left out of this glimpse back--gathering with other Listowel Lovers (many
|Francis Bacon Drawing (Dublin)|