OPENING NIGHT Brian Bourke, Dermot Seymour, Martin Gale, Rosemary Noone (gallery owner), Donald Teaskey, Bernadette Kiely and Charles Tyrrell at the opening of group show, ‘Wonderment’. Pic: David Ruffles
Claremorris Gallery recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, and to mark the occasion it invited eleven of Ireland’s most respected late-20th-century painters to take part in a group exhibition.
‘Wonderment’ was officially opened by Patrick T Murphy, director of the Royal Hibernian Academy at Claremorris Gallery on November 18. The show comprises large-format paintings by Brian Bourke, Barrie Cooke, Donald Teskey, Charlie Tyrrell, Martin Gale, Micheal Farrell, Camille Souter, Dermot Seymour, Bernadette Kiely, Hughie O’Donoghue and Tony O’Malley.
Claremorris might be a small market Mayo town with a population of just 4,000, but it has a longstanding association with the exhibition of contemporary art. All of the artists in the show have connections to the town, going back in some cases to the early days of the Claremorris Open Exhibition (COE) in the late 1970s. The COE became an important annual art event and was the first open exhibition of its kind outside of Dublin.
The George Moore Society, founded by Dr Patricia Noone, became another important visual-art platform with its internationally focused award-winning cultural activity.
Claremorris Gallery was set up by Rosemarie Noone, daughter of Patricia, a decade ago, and it has since gone on to become a dynamic hub in Mayo – described by Patrick T Murphy in his opening address as ‘the visual-arts county’.
‘Wonderment’ will run at Claremorris Gallery until Christmas Eve. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 1pm to 6pm.