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September 06, 2011

A Sense of Place - Kildare Artists Celebrate Year of Craft 2011

In celebration of the Craft Council of Ireland's designated Year of Craft 2011, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, is delighted to showcase the contemporary works of three craftmakers - Michele Hannan, Eva Kelly and Dara O Neill.


Fish by Eva Kelly Featuring works of glass, ceramic sculpture and textiles, a shared passion for the environment led these three artists to collaborate for this show entitled A Sense of Place. The opening reception of the exhibition will take place on Saturday September 10th at 3pm; all are welcome to attend. On Friday September 23rd, Culture Night is another perfect opportunity to come and view the exhibition and meet the artists who will be in attendance from 7pm to speak about the work. The exhibition will be open daily from Monday to Saturday and will run until Saturday September 24th.


Kilcullen based artist Eva Kelly’s fused glass wall pieces are a further development of her ‘Rockpool’ series of plates. Inspired by the rock formations around the west coast of Ireland Eva translates her ideas into three dimentional sculptures using fusing, slumping and multiple firings. She adds various metals and glass oxides to give her work greater depth and colour.


Michele Hannan's studio is based in Palmerstown. Her ceramic sculptures and flowing vessels draw their inspiration from the simple forms found in nature and the abstracted rhythmical patterns created by the sea. Michele's work is decorated combining glass and volcanic glazes.


Dara O’Neill is a textile artist in Co Meath. Her paintings on silk reflect the changing light in nature. Her work exudes a sense of calmness with her choice of colours.


Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Year of Craft 2011. Opening reception Saturday 10th September, 3pm. All welcome, admission free. A Sense of Place runs from September 10th to 24th. Gallery opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. Visit or call 045 448327 for more details.