Art to crow about at the Scarecrow

An exhibition with an eclectic mix of art and crafts from Durrow- based artists and others from south Sunday will be launched next Sunday, July 28 as part of Durrow’s Scarecrow Festival.

An exhibition with an eclectic mix of art and crafts from Durrow- based artists and others from south Sunday will be launched next Sunday, July 28 as part of Durrow’s Scarecrow Festival.

Art including oils, acrylics and mixed media, will hang on the walls of the Durrow Community Centre, while crafts will also be displayed including Mountmellick embroidery, ceramic jewellery, fun knits, needlework and bogwood carving - to name but a few. An exciting display of visual landscapes will be presented by local photographer, Andrew Walsh.

The Durrow Centre is located on the Kilkenny Road, just opposite the RC. Church. The exhibition will be officially opened at 2pm and will run weekdays, from 2pm to 7pm and closes on following Bank Holiday Monday at 6pm. Admission to the event is €2 per adult, with under 16’s going free

Daily demonstrations include crochet and needlework, and the most unusual craft of decorating egg shells with Alison Richie. Billy Dollard, artist and teacher, will show visitors how to getting started with oil paints and acrylics. Billy, together with fellow art teacher Gemma Guinan, taught twenty five local people at Beginners and Advanced classes during the past year. Bob Campion, a class member and proprietor of the famous Durrow- based Bob’s Bar, provided the class venue at no cost. Fellow class-mate, Harold Lawlor, recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday.

Class members will be amongst the many local artists displaying works for sale. Some familiar names will hang amongst artists exhibiting their work in public for the first time. “The high cost of picture framing makes it difficult for many new artists to exhibit their work at public shows.” says Kathleen Flynn, exhibitor and Chair of the Arts Committee of Durrow Development Forum.

She and fellow members, Mary Walsh and Mary Dowling, have been busy networking with local artists to make this year’s event bigger and better than before.