MEITHEAL Eitseála, a group of professional and semi-professional artists on the Dingle Peninsula who have taken up etching in the last year, will reveal the fruits of their labour this Thursday at the unveiling of a special exhibit in Dingle's Greenlane Gallery.
The exhibition, 'Hot Plate', will showcase the work the group have produced under master printmaker Niall Naessens at his studio in Brandon. Meitheal Eitseála includes West Kerry artists Lenka Barde, Jack Bates, Maja Binder, Susan Callery, Clodagh Edwards, Sue Hook, Sandra Landers, Sinéad Lough, Kathleen Mcauliffe, Ciara Mckenna, Deirdre Mckenna, Lisbeth Mulcahy, Billie Naessens, Niall Naessens, Aine Ní Chíobháin, Domhnal O Bric, Tomás O Cíobháin, Caroline O Connor, Michael Flaherty, Pat Owen, John Pratt, Kate Shelley, Jindra Stanek and Ursula Tramski.
"The group formed in February 2011; only 10 of us for the first term," Deirdre Mckenna explained. "Interest in etching has grown since then and now there are 24 of us exhibiting under the title Meitheal Eitseála."
"The Meitheal Eitseála group also intends to set up a print studio in the area," Deirdre added. "There is a bit of equipment to be bought for this and we are fundraising to buy a printing press and other tools."
Hot Plate / Pláta Te opens at the Greenlane Gallery this Thursday, May 3 at 7pm. Tickets for a fund-raising raffle will also be on sale.