The Arklow Gallery a beautiful new premises on Arklow main street (opposite Bank of Ireland) opened its doors to the public in December 2012. Bernard handed over the keys and a bottle of bubbly to Andrew Manson, Elizabeth McCarthy and their Arklow Visual Arts team on the 3rdof December and welcomed them to their new premises. Elizabeth and her lovely staff team will be running the gallery (at the front of Bri Nua an SHS day centre) and the Music festival from an office space at the rear of the building. This is the beginning of a symbiotic relationship; SHS benefitting from AVA’s years of experience co-ordinating their gallery and events in Arklow and AVA benefitting from a purpose built venue and a ready supply of talented artists.
There have been two exhibitions and a craft fair so far;
December 2012: Two members of Arklow visual arts combined their work Michaela Bertsch and origami artist and photographer Desmond Irvine.
January 2013: The wheelchair association of Ireland held a mixed media show with paintings by Andrew Manson in the window.
The Pablo Project; a collaborative project among Argentinean artist Pablo Garcia Albizuri, The Arklow Parish Women’s Development group, local artists and service users from Sunbeam Houses Services who created three life size figures and paintings.
Monday 11thFebruary to Friday 22nd February from 9.30 until 5pm
The Opening night will be Friday 15th at 6 until 8pm. All very welcome.
February to March:
Is Mise is a group show of Paintings from artists from Glenvale.
Monday 25thof February to Friday 15th of March from 9.30 until 5pm
Opening night: All very welcome on Monday the 25thof February from 6-8pm.