Monday, September 26, 2011


Friday September 30th
Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery
Every year since 2006, Kolkata based Indian Classical musician, Sougata Roy Choudhury has toured Ireland performing mesmerising concerts on his 25 stringed lute the sarode. Sougata is known for his passionate renditions of raga and sensitive skill.  Growing up in a musical family, Sougata began playing sarode at the age of 10 and has studied under great maestros such as Ali Akbar Khan, Dyanesh Khan and Ashish Khan.  He has performed all across Europe and Indian and has a growing number of students.  He will be accompanied by Italian tablist Ciro Montanari.  Ciro is famous for performing with Galway based fusion group, the Bahh Band and has studied the tabla in Indian since 2004. Sougata has performed in Ennistymon several times in the past and this evening promises to be magical.  Tickets are only €10 for adults or €2 for children.  Bookings and enquiries contact Mattu- 086 268 5061.
Save Ennistymon’s Heritage 


After the Boom:Picking up the Pieces
a talk by
Frank McDonald
Author and Environment Editor of the Irish Times
In the Courthouse Gallery

Thursday 29th at 8.30pm

Frank McDonald joined the Irish Times in 1979, becoming Environment Correspondent in 1986, a post which he held until he was appointed Environment Editor in 2000.
The North Clare Historical Society

Who Do You Think You Are
from the butter box to the family tree

a talk by
Larry Brennan
at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
Monday 26th September at 8pm
Admission €5

This is the first lecture of the North Clare Historical Society’s Autumn 2011programme.    
Larry Brennan of Clare Roots Society will bring the listeners from how to complete the  Butter Box method to the Family Tree and finally to the presentation of your family history. Larry will display the different sources easily available in order to complete your family tree back to 1800.
As one of the founders of Clare Roots Society in 2006 Larry took up Genealogy & Family History after the death of his parents who died within 7 weeks of each other in 1999. His research while not travelling outside Co. Clare has brought him to sources and family research in Australia, USA & Great Brittan. Larry has gone on to assist others at home and abroad with their research.
All are welcome

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


 free admission

Rita Wobbe will give an artist talk in the gallery on the
23rd of September at 6pm
Born in Germany, Wobbe has lived in the Burren, Co. Claire for nearly 20 years. Her sculp­tural abstract works explore the colours and textures of nature, either in the land­scape around her or from her travels abroad. She has had numerous solo shows in West Ireland, at the RHA’s Ashford Gallery, and in the Netherlands and Germany. Her work is in major Irish public collec­tions, and in private collec­tions in Ireland, Europe and the US.

23rd September at 7pm
 Classical violinist  Alland Assiri (Kurdish) and singer/songwriter Paddy Mulcahy (Lahinch) will give a performance in the gallery.

The History of North Clare in 100 Objects
23rd September at 8pm
The History of North Clare in 100 Objects is a series of celebration of our cultural tradition. We present at each gathering a panel of fascinating people who show us the tradition- not just of music, painting  and dance – but how we work work, play, eat and live together, in short the whole tradition of life - culture in the broadest sense.

Monday, September 19, 2011

'Instinct11' New paintings by Rita Wobbe from Sep 16 - Oct 13, 2011

     'INSTINCT 11'

      new paintings 

'The power of abstract painting lies in its richness of ambiguity and possibility of human expression. Over the last 100 years abstract painting has been shifting bounderies and questioning our perception of reality.
The painting process is a form of 'mapping the brain', using references from the outside world which enter and disappear. These references become one on the 'overall' surface of the painting. In fact the painting itself becomes the subject and the object; it carries its own reality. At times the painting seems to be alive; it breathes in and out. The layers of paint are like a skin over the skeleton of an animal. A painting is, it does not have to be explained.
Instinct, emotion and observation of natural phenomena are the main ingredients of this body of work. For me painting is 'contained emotion and energy'. During the painting process everything gets transformed into a physical object which I can let go of when it is finished. Most of the time a painting really finishes itself because everything I do suggests another thing until it becomes complete.
Abstract painting uses different means of expression. Colour, line, form, plane, surface texture, etc. are freely used as elements during the creative process.
In this body of work I am using a lot of vibrant colour. Going to the Canaries during the winter months changed my colour scheme drastically. In response to the bright light I started using brighter colours. Colour stimulates, it carries emotion, it can be seductive and calls for action and reaction. Colour is unpredictable, infinite in its combinations which makes it so interesting. It can manipulate and influence your mood. I am interested in the never ending game of possiblities.
In all my work I have been using structure as a starting point. In the past it used to be 'the grid', usually drawn onto the paper or created by using sand and varnish on the canvas. The grid helps me to control and contain the 'freeflow' of paint. These days I am more interested in organic structure and organic forms. In my mind an organic structure relates more to a female way of looking at life. I am interested in exploring this 'slightly different gaze' when making abstract paintings.

Abstract painting is challenging; it gives the viewer 'more to do' when engaging with  'a process of transformation'. It allows us to re-experience the thrill of making and creating a piece of art. After all it is a platform for free expression which we all like to enjoy and appreciate'.

Rita Wobbe has been working as an abstract painter for many years. She studied art in Germany and at Limerick School of Art and Design (MA painting 1998-2000). Over the last 20 years she has been exhibiting in Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. For the last 10 years she has been running abstract art workshops from her own studios near Kinvara, Co. Galway. She also teaches abstract painting at the Burren College of Art during the summer
In the winter she spends some time in Lanzarote, Canaries which had a great influence on her work and colour scheme. Nevertheless the Burren has been her home and her main source of inspiration.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Katrina Morrison Photography exhibition of: Abbey's and Ruins - In The Red Couch Space - September 10th – October 13th

official opening by Willie Daly (Matchmaker) at 5pm Sat 10th
wine and cheese reception open to the public

 Katrina Morrison would be best known for her landscapes and has exhibited at numerous venues here in Ireland as well as mainland Europe and America. She received national recognition for her work during the Volvo Ocean Race 2009 and was invited to show her work in Seattle Washington during the Irish Festival this past March and is now happy to present us with her ongoing project of Abbeys and Ruins, “I have been travelling around for over five years in Ireland and am never stuck for something amazing to photograph. It may a landscape today or I may find myself awestruck by a stone carving that I find tomorrow. This exhibition will show a few things from County Clare you may never have seen and it is my hope that it might inspire someone to get out and look around at what we all sometimes take for granted, the beauty that is right in front of us”.