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Sunday 16 June 2019

Art group shine in new exhibition

Portmarnock art group makes a 'good impression' with their latest exhibition of landscape paintings

Yvonne Moran Secretary of Portmarnock art Group at the Portmarnock Art Group Annual Exhibition in Malahide Parish Centre
Yvonne Moran Secretary of Portmarnock art Group at the Portmarnock Art Group Annual Exhibition in Malahide Parish Centre
Paula O’ Reilly at the Portmarnock Art Group Annual Exhibition in Malahide Parish Centre

Ken Phelan

Portmarnock Art Group certainly made a good 'impression' recently, when it painted the scene for a pleasant afternoon during an exhibition of members' work in the parish centre in Malahide.

The exhibition, held recently, gave local artists the opportunity to display their work, and the people of Portmarnock and Malahide to browse through beautiful landscape paintings of the area.

Established in 1976, Portmarnock Art Group is a collection of amateur artists from Portmarnock and Malahide, the criteria for membership being that artists must be from either town.

With the latest exhibition then, support was guaranteed to go solely towards local talent.

Lynda Millar, member and artist with Portmarnock Art Group said: 'The day went very well; it was a one-day exhibition, and we sold a good few paintings, so that was great. Our main exhibition of the year is in the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, which is held at the end of March each year.

'This is a much lower-key exhibition, people just wandering in and having a look, and maybe picking up something they like.

'We also display paintings on the railings in Malahide on the bank holdiay weekends during the summer.'

Lynda said views of Portmarnock and Malahide went 'very well', as people seemed to favour local scenes.

She said that paintings of High Rock and Howth were 'very popular', and that interest in paintings seemed to be on 'things that actually mean something to people.'

Explaining some of the activities held by the group, Lydna said: 'We have what we call a 'paint together' on Wednesday afternoons in the Community School here in Portmarnock.

'We talk to each other about painting, critique each other's work and maybe have a cup of tea. So it's a lovely social element to the whole thing.

'We'd probably do eight to 10 of them each term. On certain Tuesdays throughout the year, we have a meeting in the parish centre in Portmarnock, and that would be a demonstration or a workshop with a visiting artist, somebody from the gallery or the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy).'

She added: 'This year we had a Chinese artist come in and had a workshop on that, we had a pottery lady in and we visited a couple of artists' studios, so we have plenty of activities going on too.'

The new year will begin with an open canvas for Portmarnock Art Group, but no doubt it will be just as colourful as the last.

Fingal Independent

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