"A SLOW art evening amongst friends" took place last Friday at the Secret Garden and Tearooms, Newmarket, in conjunction with Cork Craft Week.
A few years ago proprietor Sarah Evans was contacted by the organisation with a view to raising awareness and showcasing the work of artists and crafts people in the area. Since then, the Secret Garden and Tearooms is home to a diverse range of crafts which will be on display until Sunday, September 8.
One of the displays features the work of Irene Ryan, from Boherbue, whose Unique Ink bespoke pieces of Visual Art Calligraphy are individually created for each customer.
"We called this event a slow art evening because art is slow by its nature, even when we lead incredibly busy lives, when we begin to create something like this, we have to slow down whether we like it or not," Irene said. "This evening is organised primarily to create awareness of the huge amount of arts and crafts which are available in this area".
Meanwhile, The Sheares Street Band whose members are all past pupils of Boherbue Comprehensive School, entertained with a mix of Indie Rock, some of their own material and a selection of covers.
Two members, Steven Ryan, lead vocals and guitar, and Kevin Linehan, bass guitar, hail from Boherbue, drummer Michael Sheahan is from Meelin, and Tipperary man Paddy Fraser is on lead guitar.
Although all four lads are busy with their day jobs, they play for a passion, are available for events, and will tailor their show to suit the audience.
Cork Craft Month is a celebration of the amazing abundance of high quality craft produced all over the city and county, and a full programme of events can be accessed at www.corkcraftanddesign.com.