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November 23, 2009

Prints Exhibition at the Parish Centre, Clane

William Finnie and Margaret Becker of Leinster Print Studio in the new parish hall, Clane The Leinster Print studio annual exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 November from 10 am – 6 pm in the new parish hall, Main Street, Clane, Co Kildare. The exhibition will be officially opened by the County Kildare Leader Partnership on Friday 20th November from 6- 8 pm with a wine reception.

     The Leinster print studio, set up in 1998 by Margaret Becker of Loughanure, Clane, was originally housed in a small room upstairs in the old girls school and then moved to one room in its present location opposite the old convent which is now the new parish centre. This space was gradually refurbished and extended with the help of very generous grants from Kelt and Kildare county council and now boasts wonderful facilities for printmaking for its members and for members of the local community who are interested in printmaking techniques. The new parish centre has been extensively refurbished over the past year and the LPS is delighted to have such a suitable place in which to exhibit.

     ‘We are delighted to be able to host this exhibition in the newly refurbished parish hall,’ said Damian Mc Caffrey, the parish manager.

       The LPS has 50 members from all over Kildare and the surrounding counties and the studio has facilities for etching, aquatint, photo etch, lithography and relief printing. It also prides itself on being a green studio in trying to use materials which are not detrimental to the environment.

     In 2009, the studio has had very successful exhibitions in the Graphic studio, temple bar, the Space Factory, Capel St., Rua Red gallery, Tallaght, Stroud print Biennale in Gloucester, Impac International exhibition,  Bristol, and its exhibition 'Le Cheile' is currently touring a number of prestigious galleries in south Australia in an international collaboration.

    ‘It’s also good to be able to show our work once a year in the community where the work is being developed and produced,’ said Pamela de Brí, from Prosperous. Margaret Becker said that it was wonderful to have such a lovely space in which to exhibit which is also so convenient to the studio and right in the centre of Clane and expressed her delight that the parish is so supportive of the arts.