Local artists produce colourful collection

A LOCAL artists' group were delighted to join with award-winning poet, novelist and dancer Tishani Doshi on Friday for the launch of the latest exhibition of their work, Response.

It's so called as it is comprised of paintings completed in response to writers who were down for the big literary fleadh of 2014 over the weekend, drawing heavily on inspiration from the world of words.

The collective, Colourful Spirits, is now in its fifth-year having been set up in response to an earlier stimulus - the difficulty the recession presented for artists. Coming together, the local artists soon found strength in numbers and a great platform to get their work to market through regular, collective exhibitions.

And their prestige just continues to grow.

Founder member Rebecca Carroll is currently on a residency in Abu Dhabi, with member Lisa Fingleton just back from the British Film Institute in London where her latest documentary won a Royal Television Society Award.

Response was organised in conjunction with the Seanchaí and Listowel Writers' Week, with each of the artists undertaking a work in response to some of the individual writers who visited during the festival. Jim Dunne's portrait of neighbour Anne, for instance, was inspired by the work of the late John Moriarty - the subject of a major Writers' Week tribute. Adrian Eversen, meanwhile, was inspired by a character in a novel by Alison Jameson - just some of the Writers' Week-inspired paintings.


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