ARKLOW Visual Arts Gallery was packed to the rafters for the opening night of local artist Nicola Riley’s new show. The reception was well-attended by Nicola’s friends and family while the gallery’s chairman Andrew Manson was also among the guests. Jennie Vickers, Client Services Manager at Sunbeam House Services, introduced Nicola during the reception. The evening was a great success and a number of Nicola’s works in ceramics and textiles were sold on the night.
Working in variety of media, this is Nicola’s second solo show at the Arklow Visual Arts Gallery. She had filled the space with around 30 of her unique ceramics and textiles. Nicola creates her art under the guidance of art teacher Fiona O’Hara at Ballyraine and Sunbeam House. The pieces on display includes magnets, key rings, necklaces, bowls and framed samples of embroidery.
Nicola creates her embroidery and ceramic designs with immediacy, drawing straight on to the fabric and clay. She then adds layers of coloured stitches and glazes. Nicola’s designs have elements of the playfully quaint and fanciful behaviour, which are also evident in the titles selected for each piece.
The gallery thanked everyone who attended and supported the event. The exhibition of Nicola’s ceramics and textiles will continue at The Arklow Visual Arts Gallery until Friday, September 13. All are welcome. For more information, email arklowvisu[email protected]
Sea Viewing on the hills.
Cornflowers in a Garden.
Heavans of Glory.
Rustic in a Glow.