Artist Colette McDonagh’s exhibition opens this weekend

This evening sees the opening of an exciting solo-show by Galway based artist Colette McDonagh. Avid supporters of the arts, News Cafe, Books n More (formerly Easons) of Tuam, Co. Galway present the substantial collection of oil paintings.

The exhibition includes a collection of over forty artworks inspired by the great Masters, the human form, the beauty of the West of Ireland, abstractions, flora and domestic still life.

The exhibition opens at 4pm today and will run until June 30th 2017. The great news is all paintings are for sale and individually priced. Check out the event page on facebook for more images.

Pop in early to have your choice. Everyone is welcome to come along, view and enjoy.

A personal favourite: “Storm” after Turner. Oil on Board. €250.00

“Praying hands” after Durer Oil on board framed.

“Summer Meadow”. Oil on board. €95.00

“Farmyard at Ashford”. Oil on board framed. €55.00

“Flowers” Oil on Board framed. €65.00

“Lily Pond”. Oil on canvas. €95.00 

“Jump”. Oil on Canvas €95.00

“Connemara Scene” Oil on Board framed €75.00

“Naked Lady” Oil on board framed €95.00

“Sunset” Oil on board framed €350.00

“Canna Lily” Oil on Canvas €170.00

“Still life” Oil on Board framed €75.00

 

 

 

Incognito opened today at the Solomon Gallery: 5 tips for those attending this weekend.

UPDATE: The piece donated by yours truly. Already gone to it’s new home so I can reveal my identity. In fact the entire show sold out. All 1500 pieces over the weekend. Huge congratulations to project manager Lucinda Hall and all involved. Delighted for you.

Incognito opened today at the Solomon Gallery: 5 tips for those attending this weekend.

The already hugely successful Incognito exhibition opened at the Solomon Gallery today April 21st 2017. I had intended to simply pop in, take a few snaps of the full collection of donated art works before they were snapped up and post them here on the Art Academy blog.

I had been in conversation with Frank O’Dea of the neighbouring Balla Bán art gallery in the Westbury Mall and mentioned I was dropping in. He gave me a heads up, that there has been a queue, all day long outside the gallery of people coming to select their artwork. Expect a 40 minute to 1 hour queue. He was not wrong. A fantastic turn out.

I am delighted that this exhibition is doing so well. 1500 artworks were donated including by yours truly, for The Jack and Jill Foundation. How wonderful to see all the support. The neighbouring Westbury were even handing out delicious treats to those in the queue today.

My 5 tips for to the Incognito exhibition this weekend:

  1. Grab a coffee from No. 9 Butlers on Chatham Street (around the corner) to enjoy during the queue.
  2. Get there early. Every artwork is €50 and they are selling quickly.
  3. Give yourself plenty of time to queue and browse the exhibit. Once inside there are 1500 postcard sized pieces on show. So worth the wait. Take your time, see which piece is calling you. You get to find out the artist after your purchase. You can really test your inner art critic here.
  4. Take a look on the website before hand. Not every piece is listed but it gives you a good feel for the exhibition.
  5. After all that art and culture I recommend Balfes next door for brunch or upstairs to the Westbury for a tea. Pat yourself on the back for supporting a wonderful cause and getting an artistic bargain too.

The Solomon gallery is located just off Grafton Street, next to The Westbury Hotel. The exhibition runs until the 25th of April.

Happy art shopping.

 

The queue at 5pm today. 

1500 miniture / postcard sized artworks are on sale to raise funds for Jack adn Jill.

 

 

“INCOGNITO, Jack & Jill’s 2017 Public Art Project. This is an Exhibition and sale of 1500 miniature pieces of artwork (postcard size) which will be displayed for sale in the Solomon Gallery in Dublin (Beside the Westbury Hotel) from Friday 21st April to Tuesday 25th April.

Each piece will cost €50 but you won’t find out the name of the artist until you finalise the purchase of the piece. You might end up with something worth €10,000 or something that you love by a Sunday painter!

All funds raised from this campaign will help provide home nursing care for very sick babies nationwide.”

 

Incognito Exhibition, what you need to know.

For those unfamiliar, Incognito is an exciting exhibition in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. Artists from all over Ireland have donated postcard sized artwork to the exhibition (including yours truly).

They are all priced the same. For €50 any piece is yours. The fun part is, it is only after you purchase the art, that the identity of the artist is revealed. Fancy yourself as an art critic. There are so many styles so choose wisely and see if you have a good eye.

The incognito website is now open and so you can view all the artwork online at  www.incognito.ie. Call into the Solomon on Friday 21st April (10am-7pm) to see the exhibition. 

Check them out online www.incognito.ie where you can register your interest in a piece. Here are a few of my personal favs so far:

This dreamy textured painting above

I have a weakness for realist art, where the everyday is elevated to the divine, like the oil tube above