Halloween fever was evident in LIT, Tipperary(Thurles Campus), last week when a “Ghastly Galleries “Art Trail” was launched. It comprises of a collection of some 50 artworks with a Halloween theme by the students of Colaiste Mhuire Co-ed, Thurles, and Gaile Primary School. A unique urban/rural artistic venture, spearheaded by Regina Dorney, Holycross, artist and Art Teacher at Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed.
The presentation of work committee for the colourful venture comprised of Frank Rafter, Francis Keane, Jonathan Loughnane, Jorga Ryan, Carmel Bergin, Aisling Higgins. Artists who provided workshops included Jack Rossiter, Michael Collins, Linda Hanafin, Isobel Healy. The organising committee consisted of Catherine Fanning, Eddie Kenehan, Niamh O‘Meara and Donal Ryan, Principal of Gaile Primary School.
Jean Forbes Cooke, a great friend of the Arts in Thurles, as are her colleagues in LIT Tipperary, thanked Regina Dorney and the artists of both education establishments in town and country and said they were delighted to provide them with the opportunity to stage the exhibition.
Ms Regina Dorney thanked those involved in the organisation of the exhibition, including the Post Leaving Cert Art Students of Level 5 and Level 6 and stated that the Art Trail was an opportunity to reach out to the wider community by the artists in both schools. Workshops had been provided by the Colaiste students for the children of Gaile Primary School, who visited the Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed. Ms Dorney added “We are taking art out of the classroom and out into the real world and also stimulating the imagination of young children in an exciting, appealing way, and not having it contained in a room where nobody will see it”. She had, she said some 50 local artists involved in a major Art Trail in Thurles last August and it was a huge success.
She thanked Jean Forbes Cooke and lauded her perennial support of the Arts with LIT, Tipperary(Thurles Campus). She thanked Denise Stakelum of Stakelums’s Office Supplies who officially opened the exhibition and also addressed the attendance and Denise was happy from a business point of view to encourage such an exhibition and art in the community. The exhibition continues until November 7th and can be viewed in LIT, Tipperary(Thurles Campus) Bookworm, Thurles, who were represented on the night by Mr. John Butler(Proprietor). Other businesses involved in the Art Trail include Sammons’ Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles, who were also thanked by Ms Dorney ,who will be one of a number of artists holding an exhibition in New Street Restaurant in Thurles on Thursday, November 3rd at 7.30pm.
All the artists were awarded Certificates of Achievement.
The Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed artists are: Mark Cooney, Jacintha Ryan, Maciej Walcache, Gerard Cronin, Cillian O ‘Connell, Jonathan Kelly, Nicole Fruehoff, John Locmel.
The Gaile Primary School artists are: Emily O ‘Dwyer, Lauren Maher, Caitlin McCarthy, Kate Ralph, Oran Joyce, Muirit Lambe. Rhys Minchin, Jack Hanafin, Luke Corbett, Aaron Flaherty, Caoimhe Doyle, Aisling McCarthy, Mellissa Moore, Liam Doyle, James O’Dwyer, Patrick Corbett, Lauren Maher, Kyle Ryan, Greg Hanafin, Frank Hanafin, Luke Corbett, Conor Patterson, Aaron O’Flaherty.
The titles of artworks include: ”The Scream”, “Halloween Night Scene”, “Skeletons in The Dungeon”, ”Tombstone with skeleton inside”, ”RIP With Bats”, ”Haunted House”, ”The Bride who lost her Head”, “Screaming Homer”, ”RIP Dracula-1873”,”Werewolves”, ,”Trapdoor”, “Tribute to Gauguin”.
Visitors to the launch were instantly and spookily greeted by third dimensional works made from recycled cardboard and other materials and designed with terror in mind just for you. Various classes featured mixed portraits and team approach projects.