Sculpture expo in Annascaul

THERE will be a focus on the arts in Annascaul this weekend as the works of one of Ireland's greatest sculptors and a native of the parish native are unveiled at a gallery in a local pub.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan will perform the official opening of the Jerome Connor Sculpture Collection at the South Pole Inn gallery at 8pm on Friday.

The exhibition consists of 14 pieces from the Jerome Connor Trust collection and six pieces from private collections curated by Catherine Marshall.

Building on the rich artistic legacy left by native born sculpture Jerome Connor (1874-1943) a number of events will also take place over the weekend as an art trail and art displays - showcasing the work of contemporary local artists - are hosted throughout the village.

Jerome Connor's family emigrated to Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1888 where he learned four trades before the tender age of 21.

His artistic career brought him major commissions in the USA and among his outstanding works are sculptures depicting Archbishop John Carroll Monument (Georgetown University, Washington DC); The Angels of the Battlefield (Washington DC); Elbert Hubbard Statue (East Aurora, New York); Robert Emmet (Smithsonian Institute,Washington) and The Supreme Sacrifice (District Buildings, Washington).

His career brought him back to Dublin in 1925 where he set up a studio.