Talented Artists To Showcase Work On Culture Night

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Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council (third from left) with artists Norman McCloskey; Des Fitzgerald; ; Nicole Tilley; James Hayes; Lisa Fingleton; and Caroline Lynch of the Arts Office, KCC, launching the forthcoming Visual Arts Showcase on Culture Night.

THE Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase opens at 6pm on Culture Night on Friday, September 20, at Government Buildings, New Road, Killarney.

A key date in the arts calendar in the county, the selected artists are all from or based in Kerry and are building careers for themselves as artists working in Ireland today.

“It’s a wonderful platform for our artists and the standard this year is again very high. Kerry County Council is delighted to be able to directly support the showcase,” says Kate Kennelly, the County Arts Officer.

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“Audiences will see some of the best who are creating art in the county today. It’s a wonderful introduction for all ages to art and a great evening out as it is Culture Night in Kerry the same day that we open the show.”

There have been seven artists selected for the Showcase this year. Des Fitzgerald from Tralee is a sculptor and photographer whose work covers a variety of issues such as communication, loss and friendship.

Kaye Maahs works in oils and is a painter whose work is rooted in the personal and the local.

James Hayes specialises in oil painting and illustration and his draws on personal connections between the individual and the wider world.

Julie Lovett’s influences derive from her rural upbringing, experiences and sense of place.

Lisa Fingleton is an artist whose work is rooted in the autobiographical and deals with socio political and environmental concerns.

Using paper, Nicole Tilley’s work highlights overlooked historical domestic narratives and mental health experiences.

Norman McCloskey work is shaped by the landscape of the Beara peninsula which he has explored with his camera for 29 years.

This is the fifth annual Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase.  The exhibition will be opened by Cathaoirleach Niall Kelleher. The exhibition runs from the 20th  September until the 31st October this year.

Opening hours at the Department are 9am – 5pm. Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase is supported by Kerry County Council, The Arts Council and The Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.

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