Preparing for the arrival of the first artists in residence of 2017 is very exciting! Amy Hart and Caroline Brown will call Listowel home for the month of March and might even have a chance to paint the town green on St Patricks Day! Amy and Caroline are members of Ciel Gallery Charlotte NC. Ciel’s November show ‘Oh the Places we go’ was inspired by artist’s experiences and paintings from their residencies at Olive Stack Gallery. It was wonderful to be there for the occasion and participate in the show! To see the gallery full, from floor to ceiling with paintings of Listowel, Ballybunion and other familiar places and faces was quite the experience! It was an added bonus to spend some time over cocktails and bonfires with Amy and Caroline in advance of their residency!
This year several of the artists are returning for their second residency, can’t wait to welcome them back to Listowel, this time as friends! We have lots of exciting events planned for this year and next and a wonderful line-up of workshops at the gallery in Lovely Listowel. A rare and amazing opportunity to take a workshop with some of the worlds leading mosaic artists and some pretty wonderful painters also! The residency blog Excira and Delira written by the artists is a great insight into their experience and love of Listowel, Co Kerry and Ireland!
The closing date to apply for a residency in 2018 is fast approaching, applications should be submitted before Feb 28th.
A long awaited exhibition of new work ‘In Full Bloom’- Olive’s Garden opens at Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel on Friday 19th August 6pm-8pm all are welcome!
The collection of work was inspired by my garden, a never-ending work in progress and repository of seeds, cuttings and plants shared by family, friends and neighbours. Within these pieces of art is infused the remembrance of these relationships each year as the seeds and cuttings bloom and grow, transforming bare earth into a celebration of life.
This show includes works in encaustic, oil, watercolour mosaic & collage. Each painting is a reminder of seasonal renewal, the connection of family and friends and the tender emotion brought by bare earth transformed.
‘In Full Bloom’ would not be possible without the presence of each of the artists in residence at the gallery over the past year.
The residency began almost a year ago to the day with the dramatic and unforgettable entry of Emily Andress and Kerry Griffin! Followed by Deb Aldo, Sheary Clough Suiter, Nard Claar, Heather Vollans, Laura McRae Hitchcock, Jean Cauthen, Pamela Goode, Lillie Morris and the current artists in residence Diane Pike and Jen Jovan Walls who arrived in Lovely Listowel on Sunday! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, your support and friendships are priceless! I’m so glad I planted that seed!
‘The Time Of Our Lives’
Graphite, Watercolour & Encaustic on Cradled Panel – Diptych
by Olive Stack
Earlier this week it was time to say farewell to Sheary Clough Suiter and Nard Claar their month long residency had come to an end, so off they went on a whirlwind tour of Ireland before they return to Colarado in a couple of weeks. Sheary and Nard worked prolifically in their Listowel studio and quite a few painting have found forever homes in Co Kerry! No doubt the ‘Ireland Experience’ will continue to influence their work after they return home! Sheary is currently working on a new series’Water and Stone: Reflections of Ireland’.
So as one residency comes to an end another adventure begins with the arrival of Mosaic Artist Heather Vollans from Canada. Heather will teach two workshops during her month in Listowel. ‘Mosaic Matters – A mixed media mosaic class Sat 16th April & Sun 24th April 10am – 4pm. Please contact the gallery to reserve a space in either class ASAP. Welcome Heather…looking forward to another wonderful month and lots and lots of studio time! Let the magic begin again!
Mosaic Artist Carol Shelkin is yet another of this years wonderful Artists in Residence. Carol shared an incredible experience that proves just how small the world is! This is one of several similar stories! ‘So, there I am at the car wash with a muddy car that couldn’t wait until the next rain to be unblemished. On the back of the car in front of mine is a sticker that read: County Kerry. Being the person I am and sitting next to the owner of the car I said, Oh, I’ll be going to Listowel for a month in November Her speedy response startled me. She asked, “Are you going to Olive Stack’s Gallery?!” She then told me she’s an O’Sullivan and is related to everyone that is an O’Sullivan in Listowel and news travels quickly, even all the way to our little town, just outside of Philadelphia!’
Follow the Artists in Residence blog Excira and Delira to share the artists experience in Lovely Listowel!
‘Switchback’ Encaustic, watercolor, ink, paper, metal on panel. 12 x 12. Nard Claar and Sheary Clough Suiter Collaboration
Today Sheary Clough Suiter and Nard Claar arrived in Listowel from Colorado USA. The first of twelve artists to call Listowel home for a month in 2016. Sheary is also the first artist in residence working exclusively in encaustic…very exciting!
Less than a year ago the concept of an artists residency was just an idea. In March 2015 I put the idea together and shared it with painters and mosaic artists internationally and have been overwhelmed with the response with applications coming from as far afield as Australia! The amazing Emily Andress and Kerry Griffin were the first artists in residence last August followed by the first mosaic artist Deb Aldo in October (equally amazing!).
One of the great things about the residency is that it is mutually beneficial. Many of the artists will teach workshops while in Listowel. One such workshop is ‘Making Your Work Sing’ with Nard Claar, this is the affect the residency is having on my work! Many of the ‘songs’ are still in my head, but they are loud and clear and bursting to come out! Thanks to these wonderful artists who continue to influence what I do. We have an incredible lineup of Workshops at the gallery this year. Something for everyone and for all levels!
I am very grateful for the studio time the residency is allowing and for the wonderful friendships that are forming. I look forward to exhibiting at Ciel Gallery Charlotte NC in November with Emily Andress and other Ciel Gallery partners who will be artists in residence in the coming months. In fact many familiar Listowel faces were featured in Emily’s exhibition’Storytellers’ at Ciel Gallery this month
Please pop in to see Sheary and Nard’s work and welcome the newest residents of ‘Lovely Listowel’ to town! Or follow Excira and Delira the residency blog…from the artists perspective! More information on the Artists Residency Program