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Artist – Michael Gemmell

Michael Gemmell was born in 1950 in Coleraine, Co. Derry.  He studied at the National College of Art and Design from 1966 to 1968 and at the College of Art in Limerick from 1971 to 1972. As a self employed business man in the 1970s he specialized in Sign Writing, stained glass, gilding, mural painting and interior design before he retired from his business to paint full  time. He now exhibits regularly at the  RHA, Waldock Gallery, The Kennedy Gallery, The Leinster Gallery, The Sandford Gallery, The Kenny Gallery, The Kilcock Gallery,The Lavit Gallery and the 75 Gallery.

 

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DONOVAN – visits the United Arts Club

Last Thursday 6th April 2017, we had the pleasure of a visit from the music legend Donovan.

Donovan was a dinner guest of Noelle Campbell Sharpe at the United Arts Club  after the opening of a joint  exhibition of his and his grand daughter artist Coco Sian beautiful artwork at her Origin Gallery

After dinner we enjoyed an impromptu session when Donovan sang his version of ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’.  He  was moved to be singing in the room where his hero WB Yeats had held his farewell dinner to Ireland in 1939.

Donovan was then taken on a guided tour of the United Arts Club by Honorary Secretary Martin Lynch where he had the opportunity to view our wonderful art collection and also meet our chef Anthony O’Grady.

A Family Affair at the Origin

Donovan and Honorary Secretary Martin Lynch

 

Donovan meets United Arts Club Chef Anthony O’Grady

Artist Coco Sian and Friends at the United Arts Club

Award winning Poet and United Arts Club member Ray Mullen

Da Capo

 

If you re-tell a life,

tell and re-tell things that had happened,

tell and re-tell old loves, friends and deaths

(if only to yourself), if you re-tell a life

events will swirl and stick to a line of time

like flies to poisoned  paper.

They will become like notes on a stave,

finding congruity and harmony in a key

that, in their soundless isolation, did not exist

 

And, as you tell and recount, you know it must be false;

harmony and progression are not singular;

melody moves only from silence to silence.

 

If you chose then not to re-tell the story,

the sequence and harmony seem to fail;

the sounds jangle and grate,

and they lie unplaced without resonance,

like old broken delft, the shadow memory of

a shattered pattern on a painted cup,

or some random flies scattered dead

in the corner of the dusty window frame.

 

If you re-tell a life

accidental structures

will emerge unbidden in the telling.

The shape and sound of words will

gather in the fragments of other things –

strange motes and specks that could be gold,

or broken cobwebs flecked with dead flies’ wings.

 

And so too are gathered in your wheezing pauses,

the breaths of breathing ghosts,

the creaking of the old house and

the banshee wind astride the high gables

screeching and re-screeching

like Minerva never wanting

and never finding peace.

 

A new word turns an old corner,

and a pattern shifts. Past and future

never really meet and the present

always returns

to an old beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Matters of the Heart’ Exhibition featuring work by members of Illustrators Ireland now on show at the United Arts Club

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Steven Cannon

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Linda Fahrlin

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Tatyana Feeney

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Jennifer Farley

‘Matters of the Heart’ Group Show by members of Illustrators Ireland at the United Arts Club runs until February 26th

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Una Gildea

 

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Digital Beast

 

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Una Woods

 

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Tarsila Kruse

 

 

Illustrators Ireland

‘Matters of the Heart’ Group show by members of Illustrators Ireland

now showing at the United Arts Club until February 28th, 2017

ILLUSTRATORS  Ireland

Illustrators Ireland is a non-profit organisation that supports thedevelopment of Illustration in Ireland by showcasing the work of our members and fostering links with similar organisations at home and abroad. As a professional organisation we aim to raise the profile of Irish illustration as a dynamic and cutting edge art form, as well as promoting the work and skills of our individual members.

 

 

Exhibition “Matters of the Heart” Illustrators Ireland Group Show runs at the United Arts Club until 28 February 2017

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Joven Kerekes

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Graham Corcoran

 

 

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Olivia Golden

 

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Paula McGloin

 

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Jennifer Farley

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Olwyn Whelan

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‘Works on Paper’ Exhibition at the United Arts Club

Beautiful Exhibition ‘WORKS on PAPER’

Runs at the United Arts Club until  Saurday 4th February 2017

 

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Artist Jackie Lawlor

 

 

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Artist Margo Banks

 

 

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Artist Carole Shubotham

 

 

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Artist and Illustrator Brian Gallagher

 

 

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Artist David Hayes

 

 

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Artist Louise Leonard

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Carole Shubotham – Artist and United Arts Club Member – Painter and Sculptor

Carole Shubotham

Colour and texture define Carole’s work. Her pictures tell a multitude of tales, each one a result of the artist’s own free spirited style and the viewer’s idiosyncratic response to her work.

There’s a deep sensuality at play in Carole’s work. It’s there in the fluid lines of her life drawings, in her love of primal colours and in her unforced relationship with the rural landscapes that increasingly feature in her canvasses. If the mark of an artist is the extent to which his or her  work evokes a response from the viewer, then Carole Shubotham’s journey from painstaking draftswoman to provocative expressionist is one that’s been well worthwhile.

Look at her Burren landscapes and see the heathery grape, the autumnal gold and the peat brown hues spring to life; glance at her life drawings, particularly of the female form and relish her celebration of an essential, life-giving force. Carole’s work glories in the journey, not the destination: in that step into the unknown, where bold imagination holds sway and where, as Paddy Kavanaghreminded us, ‘life pours ordinary plenty’.

 

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