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Welcome to the Arts and Crafts of Donegal / Fáilte go Ealaín agus Ceird i nDún na nGall    Winter, 2009-2010

Current Exhibitions in County Donegal
Ian Gordon & Brent Nokes are exhibiting at An Clachan, Gweedore where they share a Studio Space.
This Exhibition is entitled Na Sleibhte Maorga - The Beautiful Hills and is a unique chance to not only see their latest work, but also to visit the Studio Space where Brent is painting and Ian conceives his location work. The two artists are to be found here most days of the week from 10-5, and are happy to meet and talk with visitors about painting. (To ensure meeting either one, ring An Clachan Craft Centre on 074 95 60091). See Ian Gordon's work at AshLemon.

Fields of Vision: Two Solo Exhibitions runs at the Cavanacor Gallery from 16th Jan - 13th Feb 2010.
Gillian Lawler and Ann Quinn are exhibiting in two solo exhibitions at Cavanacor Gallery. Gillian Lawler's densely layered images mediate on the possible long-term rise and fall of cities, suggesting vast and possibly fragile ambitions. Her work explores anxiety and estrangement associated with the experience of architectural space within urban living. Ann Quinn reacts to nature with both fear and awe. She is always searching for that enchanting otherworldliness that nature can sometimes bring. Her work discovers the beauty in minutiae, in the image just above the eye line, just out of reach.

Eamon O'Kane is currently exhibiting in 'Noughties but Nice: 21st Century Irish Art' at the Limerick City Gallery. This exhibition surveys the extensive terrain of art made in Ireland during the first decade of this millennium. This exhibition selects some of the most exciting contemporary master-works of the Noughties, including seminal works by leading Irish artists. Audience engagement is a central element of this exhibition; the selection includes high impact works on paper and canvas juxtaposed with digital media, participatory and experiential works.

Distant Calm by Michelle Gallen
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas   40.5 x 51cm

Donegal recommends these art books about Donegal.
Tory Island Images by Martine Franck. These photographs are very natural and unposed, illustrating the ease with which this world famous photographer integrated into Tory life. Recommended.

Donegal Highlands by Liam Ronayne & Pat Cowley
This beautiful book contains stories about Donegal by County Librarian, Liam Ronayne, and reproductions of colour paintings of well known scenes in North West Donegal by Pat Crowley. An excellent present for anyone interested in Donegal. Check our Bookshop for other titles of Donegal interest.

See Maurice Orr's Work at the Throatlake Gallery.

Killybegs Artist Kevin Sharkey is currently exhibiting online at Kevin

Tory painters Patsy Dan and Rory Rodgers are exhibitind in the Bistro at Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy.

Glencolmcille based artist Kenneth King is exhibiting online at The King Studio.

Hills near Carndonagh, Co. Donegal by Maurice Orr

Hills near Carndonagh, Co. Donegal by Maurice Orr
Oil on Board, 10" x 8"   2008

Donegal Artist in Residence at Limerick City Gallery
Garvan Gallagher was born in Donegal in 1974 and is currently an artist and photographer based in Dublin. Garvan’s main interest with photography See also Garvan Gallagher.

Donegal based French artist Heidi Nguyen has launched her own website.
Photographer Johnny Gallagher has images of Donegal for sale on his website JJ Images.
Letterkenny artists Michele Gallen is exhibiting her work online at Hello Ted.
The Artlink Gallery in Buncrana is currently running a number of programmes in schools in Inishowen.

Letterkenny has a new art gallery on main street. The Conrad Gallery deals in oil paintings, watercolurs, drawings and sculptures by established local artists.
Inishowen Artists have launched a new website to inform the public of various events and exhibitions in the Peninsula.
Redmond Herrity was selected to exhibit at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s annual exhibition, one of the country’s most prestigious visual arts events. See Redmond Herrity website.
Dunlewy based artist Sarah Lewtas studied painting at St Martins during the nineteen seventies but today she works across genres, often with natural, found materials and has exhibited widely in recent years.
Ardara Artist Stephen Bennett is exhibiting at the Dame St Gallery, Dublin 2.
Art Classes for Beginners will commence in Volt House, Raphoe. Anyone interested in the above please telephone the Volt House, Raphoe on 9173966 to leave your name and telephone number.

Ross Fine Art in Ramelton is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Basil Blackshaw; Cheryl Bleakley; Deborah Brown; Eamon Colman; Jacinta Feeney; Mike Fitzharris; Lucian Freud; Derek Hill; Norah McGuinness; Colin Middleton; Trudie Mooney; Tony O'Malley; Dan O'Neill; Janet Ross; Sean Scully and Wolfram Stumpf. For more information email .

Sharon McDaid, Textile Artist and Designer, exhibits her work at Donagh Design on the Malin Road, Carndonagh is open all year round. Sharon specialises in mixed media works and hand printed accessories in silks and velvets inspired by Celtic mythology.

Cosan Glas and Saothar Ealaion are art programmes set up by Deirdre Brennan, Annjo Carr and Seamus Kennedy in 1995 to promote the visual arts in the County Donegal Gaeltacht. The Gaeltacht denotes any region in Ireland where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is spoken. It is based in a rural area of beautiful landscapes between Errigal mountain and Tory island on the north west coast of County Donegal. Contact .

Tullyarvan Mill Buncrana hosts exhibitons of local artists. Email for details.

Donegal based artist Aoife Vallely has launched a new website. See her work at Aoife Vallely.

Taipéis Gael, the Glencolmcille based Tapestry workshop, is currently holding an exhibition of work by local weavers, Margaret Cummingham, Máire McGinely and Dermot Cannon.

Melnik by Anne Quinn

Melnik by Anne Quinn, currently showing at the Cavanacor Gallery, Lifford

The Glebe House And Gallery, Churchill is a Regency house set in woodland gardens beside Lake Gartan. The Glebe is decorated with William Morris Wallpaper and textiles and has Islamic and Japanese art. The Derek Hill permanent collection includes 300 works by leading 20th century artists, including Picasso and Kokosha, as well as Irish and Italian artists. Exhibitions are shown in the adjoining gallery. Access to the house is by guided tour only. There is access to the ground floor of the Gallery for people with disabilities. There are tearooms on this level. Guide dogs permitted. Parking 200 meters from Gallery. Videos in English relating to the house are shown in the coffee shop. For further information email or Telephone (+00353) 74 913 7071. Access to the house is by guided tour only. The House is open 11.00am to 18.30pm Saturday to Thursday and Closed Fridays. Last Admission 5.30pm.

The Ferguson Gallery, Ramelton exhibits works by Markey Robinson, Louis Le Broquy, Séan McSweeney and Tony O'Malley, among others. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday.

The Ardara Heritage Centre contains an Art Gallery and Craft exhibition space and is open Monday to Friday.

Donegal's Public Art - A new website devoted to public artworks in Donegal has been launched. Donegal County Council’s Public Art Programme has been active since 1990 and to date over forty commissions have been awarded and delivered in the capital construction of Roads, Housing, Water, Environment & Emergency Services, Libraries and Fire stations. See Donegal's Public Art.

Moville Pottery produces hand thrown stoneware exclusively designed and manufactured in Moville. Each piece is individually finished and decorated, using traditional hand sponging techniques. Moville Pottery is open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

We often receive emails asking about the 'Dancing figures at the Lifford/Strabane border'. The artist responsible for the giant sculpture is Maurice Harron and images of his works can be seen on his new website Maurice Harron.

Kim Sharkey exhibits her pottery at Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey from r 10.30am to 6.00pm. The public are welcome to come and watch the potter Kim Sharkey produce her hand thrown work in her studio in Dunlewey.

This page contains material © copyright to the artists. If you are a Donegal based artist or crafts person email with your website address or where and when you are exhibiting and we will list the details.

Convoy based Morgan Ferriter has a new studio in the Convoy Woollen Mills.

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