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‘Salt of the Earth’ art exhibition opens in Newport

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OPENING LINES Pictured at the opening of ‘Salt of the Earth’ are, from left: Shauna Kelly (Kelly’s Kitchen), Dr Kevin Heanue (Teagasc), Brídín McIntyre (Teagasc Food Research Centre), Seán Kelly (Kelly’s Artisan Butchers) and Anne McCarthy (Mayo County Council). Pictured at the opening of ‘Salt of the Earth’ are, from left: Shauna Kelly (Kelly’s Kitchen), Dr Kevin Heanue (Teagasc), Brídín McIntyre (Teagasc Food Research Centre), Seán Kelly (Kelly’s Artisan Butchers) and Anne McCarthy (Mayo County Council).

Art exhibitions and butchers don’t usually come together in the same breath, but Kelly’s Artisan Butchers Newport have decided to change that. Anne McCarthy of Mayo County Council officially opened a ‘Salt of the Earth’ art exhibition on Thursday, March 15, in Kelly’s Kitchen, next door to the butchers’ shop. The show is part of the Économusée Artisans at Work Project.
‘Salt of the Earth’, curated by Maureen O’Neill, is a collection of works by artists from Newport and the wider community with a focus on those early in their careers. The thirteen artists exhibiting are Mary Lavelle-Burke (Achill Island), Susie Quinn (Kilmeena), Nuala Brett King (Kilmeena), Eithne Kilroy (Cloonfoher, Newport), Linda Barrett (Mulranny), Noreen Sadler (Westport), Joanne Jennings (Glenhest), Marie Wood (Rosmoney, Annette Mc Donnell (Newport), Liam Kelly (Achill Island), Eleanor de Eyto (Treenbeg, Newport), Terisina Fitzpatrick (Kilmeena) and Sarah Lavelle (Treenbeg, Newport). The exhibition also includes a painting by the late Clare Chambers from Newport which is on permanent display in Kelly’s Kitchen.
The Économusée concept was developed in Quebec, Canada, and translates as a living or working museum. An Économusée is an artisan business that opens its doors to the public to provide an interactive, learning and interpretive experience for visitors. In Ireland it is administered by Teagasc.
Kelly’s is the only Économusée in Mayo. The other Irish network members are Connemara Smokehouse (smoked fish), St Tola Goats’ Cheese, Breeogue Pottery, Celtic Roots Studio (bogwood sculptures) and Aran Islands Goats Cheese. Visitors will get to meet the artisans, hear their story, learn about their history, traditional production techniques and contemporary products.
If you’re passing through Newport over the coming month, drop into Kelly’s Kitchen and take a look. The exhibition will stay open until mid April.