Inis Artists host ‘20th Anniversary Exhibition’ 

Inis Artists host ‘20th Anniversary Exhibition’ 

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Inis Artists will host a ‘20th Anniversary Exhibition ’ on the 14th and 15th of June at Skycourt Shopping Centre Shannon.

The 14 members of the Inis Artists will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year in style at the Skycourt Shopping centre. As part of their yearlong touring exhibition calendar which opened with a display of colourful paintings at the Library in Roscrea back in March.

They were founded back in 1999 when a group of artists who were part of the Clare Crafts Association decided to set up their own group. They have been extremely active ever since with up to 14 exhibitions around the country every year. Some of the original founding members are still part of the group such as Denise Borge and Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh.

The late Sonia Schorman had a leading role in the setting up of the group. The main aim was to promote the visual arts in Clare. It was she who decided that artists should come together and form a sort of cooperative to organise and display their works in as many places as possible. She recognised the difficulty of artists on their own trying to find venues and put enough works together for an exhibition.

The Inis Artists members consist of both professional and highly talented amateur artists based in Clare and Limerick. The Inis Artists represents some of the major representational artists in Clare today. The group was formed to promote visual art not only in Clare but throughout Ireland. To this end they regularly exhibit in 3 of the 4 provinces.

They invite everyone to come and see all the new works in their ‘Summer Anniversary Exhibition and demonstrations in Skycourt Shopping Centre. There will also be large selection of paintings on display and a raffle in aid of Sláinte an Clár. Each artist is donating a painting as a prize for the raffle. There will be framed and unframed works for sale.

There will be up to 30 works on sale which will consist of landscapes, townscapes figurative pieces and, in many mediums including oils, watercolours and acrylics. There are a wide variety of works produced, representing the diverse techniques and versatility of the group.

Some of the well-known artists include Tom Daly, Margaret Ray, Tomás O‘Maoldomhnaigh, Alan Shoosmith, Gerardine O’Leary, Denise Borge. The artists all accept commissions including portraits and would be delighted to discuss any potential paintings.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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