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One Yes one No and a Hundred more Applications more to go!

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Oil on canvas      “7 moons”             Marianne Potterton  2008

 

At last the letter arrived, I opened it and was rather disheartened to see that I had not been chosen to be in an open submission group show that I had applied for in November. I suppose it just depends on the curators, some will like your work and others wont. It just means that as an artist you have to send a lot of different applications out into the universe. Thankfully I had sent out another one and was accepted! Yes I am going to be in a three person show in August in the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, I hope as many people as possible can make it there. I have not seen the other artist’s work yet, but I am looking forward to.

I have been doing barter, sold and given away quite a few of my paintings including the one above, so I am going to have to paint some more which I can sell! Barter is a wonderful thing! I own quite a few pieces of art that I acquired through work swaps with other artists, I only wish I had done more work swaps! I would also be happy to trade art for other trades and things that people have to offer. So if you would like to do some barter please let me know.

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Written by Marianne Slevin

13 January, 2009 at 12:12 pm

The tyranny of themes

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Today, I went to see a painting exhibition by Cóilín Rush, in The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon. I am not an Art critic and I wont pretend to be one! I liked the show, particularly a painting called “Big Trouble in Little China”, which was particularly playful. What grabbed my attention was the Artist’s statement, where they said  they disliked themes, and then went on to say,”….to bend it’s meaning and pervert it’s destiny…”when taking about open submission calls for Artworks where there is a theme.” I think themes sometimes prevent us from seeing the work that Artist’s do when left alone”. I do agree with this artist, and somehow think that because of the Artist’s refusal to pin themselves down too much, I found the show more intriguing, however there did seem to be a secret theme going on! Maybe the one that happens without us labelling it before it is cooked! I thought it was funny because I wrote something a little similar in yesterday’s blog!

The Courthouse gallery is a great creative hub of activity, there is always something going on there, we are really lucky to have it in Ennistymon. There are regular Exhibitions, Artist’s Studios, workshops and classes, and even a Puppet Show coming soon, we hope to go to!

Written by Marianne Slevin

24 October, 2008 at 6:03 pm