Monday, November 26, 2007

Salon de Chiarrai

Karen Crow, Tralee; Veronica Murray, Ardfert; Eilis Griffin, Annauscaul and Muirios Murphy, Tralee who all have work featured in the Salon de Chiarrai.

Salon Style Show to Open on Thursday, November 29th in Tralee

A brand new exhibition is to open in Tralee on Thursday, November 29th in the Samhlaiocht Gallery. The exhibition is styled after the famous 18th Century French exhibitions, Salon de Paris, and is called the Salon de Chiarrai!

Artists from all over Kerry were invited to submit work for Salon de Chiarrai, and the work came flooding in from all parts of the Kingdom. Over 80 pieces of art have been selected from the submitted works and will hang all over the walls in Samhlaiocht's intimate gallery which is on Lower Castle Street in Tralee.

"We were blown away with the number of entries for our first Salon De Chiarrai show," said Jason O' Mahony, Artistic Director of Samhlaiocht. "We're received original paintings, drawings and etchings, large and small pieces in a whole variety of styles."

The only conditions for submissions was that all work had to be framed and ready for hanging, all work had to be for sale, and no work could have previously been exhibited at The Samhlaiocht Gallery.

"Kerry has always been known for its writers but looking at some of these pieces it's easy to imagine that in the future it'll be every bit as famous for its Artists," added O' Mahony.

The Samhlaiocht Gallery has always been at the forefront of bringing new and exciting artists to the public in Kerry and this show allows such artists an opportunity to have their work seen. Having said that, the Salon show will also feature work from many of the better known artists from Kerry including Eily Kavanagh and Michael O' Regan as well as pieces from internationally renowned artists such as Syra Larkin.

The Salon de Chiarrai has a wonderfully eclectic feeling to it, featuring everything from stunning landscapes to sketches of colourful Kerry characters such as John B. Keane. Having looked at some of the pieces, the exhibition is definitely worth a trip for art lovers while affording a perfect opportunity to pick up a unique Christmas gift that will be treasured long after the holiday season passes.

The show will open on November 29th and runs right through the Christmas period until December 21st. Opening times at the Gallery are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

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