Cavan Christmas Art Gallery, The Teachers Centre, Cavan.
Opening Wednesday November 25th until Sunday 29th from 11am - 6pm
"Please come in from the cold and say hello to us in the Teachers Centre if you are in Cavan town the last week of November. "
This is your invitation from Cavan artists Jackie O Neill, Joe Doherty and Michelle Harton.
Jackie O’Neill also known by her playful name Dotti Was A Deer is a textile artist and Illustrator and runs her studio in Ballyhaise. In the last three years since starting Dotti, Jackie has produced five collections of work and has selected some pieces from each collection to show at the Christmas Art Gallery.
“Its a chance for people to come view my large collection of work in real life, rather than on online or in my studio which is tiny. I have selected pieces from every collection to show in the Christmas Gallery. My textile pieces are limited to ten editions only, some of the more popular pieces are sold out already. Ten is a very small number of times to produce them but it makes it really special for the owner especially as the are all hand embroidered by the artist, which makes every piece unique."
Jackie says "The Christmas Gallery is running quite early so that people can come and see my work and get me to talk them through the stories behind each one. Orders can be placed and ready on time for Christmas. This will be the last chance to order commissions or textile prints for Christmas. However paper prints which are limited to 40 only and available framed or unframed can be ordered right up until the 18th December and can be posted to clients outside of Cavan.”
Michelle Harton is a painter and sound therapist based in Cavan town. Michelle collaborated with Jackie last year in the Teachers Centre with The “The Hollow”, an exhibition of paintings and textiles based on collected Cavan folklore stories. In the Christmas Art Gallery she will be showing some exciting new work with some accompanied by poems inspired by the pieces penned by Cavan writer Leah McDwyer.
"My work in the exhibition this year is different in a sense that with 'The Hollow' show I had spent months researching Cavan folklore and history before I started to paint. With this work the painting process started abstractly first with no general theme but many of the pieces have taken a couple of years to finish. If I feel there is something suggested in the background of a painting waiting to come out, some kind of figure or form, I could spend up to 2 years looking at the piece until I am sure I know what I want to do with it."
Joe Doherty Is a woodworker and has a studio just outside Cavan town. Joe and Jackie collaborated recently and launched their exhibition “Living Thing” in September. This new work is still living and they hope to keep adding to the concept and showing it again somewhere in the new year. At the Christmas Gallery Joe will be showing some interactive sculptures from Living Thing and also some smaller creations from his archive.
Creations by any of these three Artists would make a really special and unique Christmas gift idea.
Please come in from the cold and say 'hello' at the Teachers Centre if you are in Cavan town the last week of November.
Opening Wednesday November 25th until Sunday 29th from 11am - 6pm.