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Review Of Dún Garbhán 800 Exhibition

Munster Express
November 7th to 20th 2004
Liam Murphy

The blaze of Autumn was greying into a more muted palette as I journeyed to Ring to Joan Clancy Gallery. This exciting venue is hosting a Happy Birthday Dún Garbhán 800 Exhibition to tie in with Dungarvan getting a Royal Honour in 1204, when Domhnall ó Faolaín, King of the Decie, surrendered to King John.

To celebrate this Joan Clancy has assembled an art exhibition, based around the most famous artists associated with Dungarvan. With the help of The Waterford Municipal Art Collection she is exhibiting a Sarah Purser and two beautiful portraits by Power O'Malley (1877 1946).

The venue in Gaeltacht na Rinne suits this varied and exciting exhibition. Work by Danny Cunningham, Martin Quigley, Séamus Kelly and Wishy Martin welcome the viewer. James Condon has two beautiful paintings of the area that are a joy in pink and mauve tones. A young artist Linda Schliebitz has two excellent and vibrant studies, Late Summer and Early Winter that capture the wild sense of the place. Andrea Jameson has a striking Dungarvan Bay that could have been painted at the gallery. Blawnin Clancy has some fine contrasting pieces from her Aquaform Series and a beautiful Helvick Head, Dusk. Rosemary Gaynor has two earthy studies in the hallway that are a snip at under 300 each.

Rayleen Clancy has pride of place with new non-figurative work that is vibrant and a little experimental. Enjoy the zest of The River Blackwater with its clever layers of pink, blue and green. Loch Mhór An Fhia is a gift at under 600 with it's sense of mystery and possible meanings. The upper area has familiar weeds towering like trees and in the middle-ground there's a procession of wraiths: half-formed people, some like tadpoles of no earthly estate. In the bottom section lilies like anemones or fruit slices float like jelly fish on a flood of water.

Happy Birthday Dún Garbhán 800 running until November 20th in Joan Clancy Gallery in the Ring Gaeltacht. Works by Brigid Flannery, Blawnin Clancy, Catherine Jane Ryan, Rayleen Clancy, Wishy Martin, Bríd Ní Chionnfaolaidh, Mary Dempsey Yorke, Danny Cunningham, Rosemary Gaynor, Martin Quigley, Mary Noonan, Michael Mulcahy and others.

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