A COLLABORATION WITH THE KIDS
ART BUFFS came from all over to the beautiful surroundings of Enniscorthy’s Presentation Centre to witness the official opening of a new body of work from local artist Anne Manning.
‘Extensile’ is an exhibition of work formed around ideas, observations and innovation with emphasis on the collaboration and the creative process used by children and artists alike.
Anne says that, as well as being a collaboration with friends, family and the local community, the exhibition is also a collaboration with the children of Carrig Briste and Killegney Early Years. Having worked. Having worked with children throughout her career, Anne’s work is influenced by the organic exploration and methods used by children and the aesthetic outcome created by their methods of exploration and surreal creative process.
‘It’s an attempt to show surrealism within sculpture,’ said the proud artist at the launch. ‘Melting and exploring thoughts, collaboration together and presenting these thoughts in a visual form.
While working as an artist in Carrig Briste and Killegney, both Anne and the schools were awarded an innovation award for art, acknowledging the visual arts as an innovative pedagogy in early years.
Anne’s other collaborative exhibition, ‘Side Tables’, which was exhibited last year in the Presentation Centre, has opened exciting doors for innovation in art education and she aims to continue this process with her latest work which she completed in June of 2017. The exhibition certainly got a great reaction among those present at the launch and the work is available to view at The Presentation Centre until September 29.
DENI BONET AT THE ARTS CENTRE
THE New York-based virtuoso violinist and singer/songwriter Deni Bonet will perform at Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday, September 23, following a recent week of successful shows in venues around Ireland.
Deni is renowned for the energy and passion of her live shows with her music combining elements of roots-rock, pop and Americana presented in a fun way.
She will perform a mix of instrumental music from her new album Bright Shiny Objects and material from her previous albums.
She makes memorable songs that people want to listen to again and makes any venue seem cosy and intimate.
Deni is a classically trained musician who simply had too much energy and too many great original tunes to be confined in an orchestra - so she traded in her black recital dress for a pair of go-go boots and an electric blue violin. She has recorded and toured the world with Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, The Saw Doctors, and is the ‘go-to’ violinist in the US for many Irish artists including Mundy, whom she performs with whenever he is in the States, Larry Kirwan of Black 47, Michael Brunnock, and Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue.
She performed at a sell-out concert in the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York and at the White House for President and Michelle Obama.
BEST OF COMHALTAS CONCERT
Loch Garman Comhaltas is inviting everyone to join them for a Best of Comhaltas concert in Wexford Arts Centre this coming Saturday, September 16 at 8 pm. The evening of music and song will feature award-winning traditional musicians and singers, showcasing the wealth of talent in Wexford. There will be a special focus on the county’s fine piping tradition with some top players performing. Bígí Ann!. Tickets at €10 for an adult and €3 for a child are available at www.wexfordartscentre.ie or telephone 053 9123764.
The award winning Wexford Drama Group will perform excerpts from Little Gem by Elaine Murphy in Wexford Library on Friday, September 22, at 4.30 p.m.
This earthy comedy is full of humour and heart, about three generations of women and one incredible year.
The event is free and all are welcome, but booking is recommended. For further information call the library on 053 91 96760.
‘Surreal Carrots’ by Anne Manning
Lisa Byrne (Presentation Centre), M ary Joel, Anne Manning (artist), Eoin Manning-Rossiter and Kate Manning at the launch of ‘Extensile’