Wonderment is a group show featuring work by some of Ireland’s most distinguished modern and contemporary painters including Brian Bourke, Barrie Cooke, Michael Farrell, Martin Gale, Bernadette Kiely, Hughie O’Donoghue, Tony O’Malley, Dermot Seymour, Camille Souter, Donald Teskey and Charles Tyrrell. The show comprises large format painting and drawing by a disparate group that hangs together beautifully as an excellent representation of Irish painting. Three of the artists, Micheal Farrell, Tony O’Malley and Barrie Cooke are now deceased but their work lives on. All of the artists in this show have a connection to the town of Claremorris which predates my Gallery. In fact Claremorris Gallery came out of the town’s longstanding association with contemporary art, that found its genesis in the Claremorris Open Exhibition in 1977 as well as the award-winning cultural activity of the George Moore Society. Wonderment is a celebration of small towns with big skies.
The show will run up until Christmas and opens Wednesday to Saturday 1 – 6pm.