Review of Tortilla Féile Exhibition
Arts & Theatre Column for week ending 28th April 2012
As part of the excellent, Waterford Festival of Food, the Joan Clancy
Gallery in Ring put on an art exhibition with Féile Bia, that had colour,
pizzazz and a fun element to delight the many visitors to a glorious part of
Hanging from the ceiling were lots of colourfully painted
Tortillas, creating a cave of possibility, arranged by Rayleen Clancy with
tortillas supplied by the Flat Bread Company, Clara, Co. Offaly. Not only
was there this rainbow effect, but a rope of coloured Rice cakes caught
your eye like the circular cork attachments on trawlers.
Food was the theme and Joan Clancy has an eye for the occasion and the
paintings on the walls celebrated the wealth of food available in this fair
Andrea Jameson's The Cooples, River Blackwater, showed where the salmon,
served to Queen Elizabeth, at a banquet at Dublin Castle came from.
Orla Clancy had, Five Brown Trout, Caoimhghin O'Croidheain had
Aubergines, Pink Ladies and a Temple Bar Food Market setting. Arthur
Maderson, brought a touch of French with, The Saturday Market in Midi.
Kevin Miller had colourful still lifes of Cups and Jugs. Ruth Carbery had
Today's Lovely Catch: Mackerel, and a lovely drawing, Lobster Study V.
Damaris Lysaght had Herbs and Conor O'Mahony and Dave West caught those
moments of pleasurable relaxation, after a great day in the outdoors, or a
My favourites were small canvases by Blawnin Clancy. Oyster Beds in
Dungarvan Bay was a beautiful study of a vision of the beds as viewed from
outside the gallery. There was a luminous sense of magic realism in two
Apple themed paintings. Apple Picking and Under The Apple Tree. They
reminded me of a gentler time and the Andrews Sisters singing "Don't Sit
Under The Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me". The way Clancy catches the
light, to create mystery and memory is breathtaking.