Cupan Tae @ Joan Clancy Gallery
Review In The Munster Express
26th July, 2013
The tide was out, a long way out into Dungarvan Bay. The weather was balmy, and people were walking out across to the oyster beds. It was 'this side of paradise' at Cupan Tae (Cup of Tea) at the Joan Clancy Gallery,
Mweelahorna, Ring Co Waterford.
A cup of tea was indeed on offer and Cups by Emer Kelly set the tone with a small detailed ink and pencil drawing of cups crammed into a press or shelf. The small gallery space seemed crammed with art and three
pen on paper images of, Tea Time by Jessica Knibb had the attraction of simplicity of line and a simple evocation of tea and summer treats.
Dave West brought colour and diversity with, Houses of Collioure, a place made famous by the Fauve artists, including, Braque, Picasso and Matisse. It also contains the tomb of Spanish poet, Antonio Machado.
Caoimhghin O'Croidheain has two beautiful portraits of Ancestors, and the almost forgotten rows of faces, look out among the drips and blobs, like an image deteriorating. It gave me the impression of ladies who
would always have tea in the pot.
Two yellowing images of a dinner party, by Leonard Murray showed a room with a table laid for a formal dinner and another room, with chairs suggesting 'relics of auld decency'.
Sheila Wood recreated homely images of pints and musicians, and I sensed in, Annie Singing, a lingering melody or a fiddle tune out on the summer air.
Among the work, there was the simplicity of, A Spare Chair In My Imagination, by poet, Cecilia Schotte Lubberink.
A series of sea paintings by Blawnin Clancy was splendid balm for the soul, and I could hear the murmuring whisper of a 'slice of Heaven' in Susurrus.
CUPAN TAE Summer Group Show July 18 - 26, 11am - 5pm daily including the weekend; by appointment thereafter.