‘Together’ is an exhibition of paintings by Maeve Stafford and sculptures by Conleth Gent and will be exhibited in Abbeyleix Library until Friday May 27. This exhibition is an opportunity for art lovers to view work in mixed media and watercolour by artist Maeve Stafford and wood-sculptures by Conleth Gent.
Maeve, who graduated with a BA in Fine Art from NCAD, has exhibited her work extensively throughout Dublin and Wicklow, most recently in the prestigious Ardgillan Castle. A fascination with pattern and texture in nature and everyday objects are Meave’s constant reference. Her inspiration comes from the natural world and images taken from her immediate surroundings and experiences. “Painting for me is a way of communicating the incredible and also a celebration of my imagination. I have a deep sense of wonder at all that surrounds me and I want to connect the viewer to my interior world. Engaging the viewer on a deep visual level and bringing them into the journey and that it has taken to create these works. Sharing what I experience is part of the whole creative journey. It is like opening a window for the viewer to see beyond the ordinary” says Meave of her work.
Conleth’s woodcarvings are original one-off artworks capturing the warmth and beauty of the wood whilst expressing his unique vision. As an award-winning sculptor, he has exhibited across the country from Skibbereen to Derry, and has had pieces of his work presented to Bertie Ahearn and Mary Robinson among others.
Conleth is concerned mainly with personal expression through the use of figurative elements and draws inspiration from tribal and primitive art. Conleth has an individualistic approach communicating something of the character of the particular piece of wood and his interaction with it.
As founder member of Signal Art Centre in Bray in Wicklow, Conleth initiated and worked on many successful community art projects including the Mounttown / Fitzgerald Park, Children’s Art Project, winner of the first prize for a children’s art project 2005 and successful projects with Sunbeam House and Newcourt special needs school in Bray. Conleth has also created a public sculpture for ESB to celebrate 100 years of electricity generation, which is situated on Sandymount strand. His sculpture titled ‘Journey’ was the winner of the CAST Foundry award for sculpture in any medium at the Sculpture in Context exhibition in the Botanic Gardens in 2008. All are welcome as this is an exhibition not to be missed. Contact Abbeyleix Library on 87 30020 for further details.