Tralee’s Off The Rails art moves to mu­seum

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

AF­TER a suc­cess­ful sum­mer run Tralee’s weekly ‘Off the Rails’ art show – which sees lo­cal artists dis­play­ing and sell­ing their work on the rail­ings of the Town Park – is mov­ing in­doors to a new home at the County Mu­seum in the Ashe Hall on Denny Street.

‘Art in the Park’ was one Tralee’s top at­trac­tions for tourists and lo­cals dur­ing the won­der­ful hot sum­mer and now that colour has been trans­ferred to a new ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled ‘Art in the Park: Off the Rails’ which will run at the mu­seum un­til next April. Artists will ex­hibit paint­ings, draw­ings, il­lus­tra­tions, origami, felt work and glass­work at the ex­hi­bi­tion which will be open from Tues­day to Satur­days from 9.30am to 5pm daily.

Ber Ear­ley, the spokesper­son for the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists, said the re­sponse to the weekly show on Denny Street had been ex­cep­tional.

“Pub­lic re­sponse to ‘Art in the Park’ was very pos­i­tive with great pub­lic in­ter­est and many sales achieved through­out the sum­mer. The pres­ence of art on the rails sig­nif­i­cantly added to the vi­brancy of the town cen­tre,” she said.

“Ex­tend­ing the con­cept to ex­hibit­ing sam­ple works at Kerry County Mu­seum has en­sured that our pro­file is main­tained through­out the win­ter.

“As ‘Art in the Park’ be­comes an an­nual event, lo­cal aware­ness will be raised and peo­ple will be drawn to visit the town, and Denny Street in par­tic­u­lar, with the ex­pec­ta­tion of find­ing a choice of orig­i­nal pieces by lo­cal artists at af­ford­able prices.”

All works will be for sale and should make for ex­cel­lent Christ­mas gifts.

Ai­dan Kelly Pres­i­dent of Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance who opened the Off The Rails art ex­hi­bi­tion at Kerry Mu­seum Ashe Me­moroial Hall in Tralee on Thurs­day evening is pic­tured ex­am­in­ing some of the art­works with Grainne O’Con­nor, Mary Greene, Ber Ear­ley and Gra­ham Spring (Mayor of Tralee).

(Above) Geral­dine Sheehy and Mau­reen Ryan ad­mir­ing one of the many paint­ings at the open­ing night of the ‘off the Rails’ Art ex­hi­bi­tion at the Kerry County Mu­seum.(Left) Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance Arts Of­fi­cer Mary Greene with artist Mikél Mato, Mayor of Tralee Cllr Gra­ham Spring and TCA Pres­i­dent Ai­dan Kelly at the open­ing of ‘Off the Rails’

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