Pop-up art store makes the buzz in Mountshannon



A POP up shop will return to Main Street, Mountshannon this weekend, as a vacant building transforms into a colorful hub showcasing the artistic richness of East Clare.

Thanks to the generosity of chalet owner John Tuohy, the Mountshannon Arts Shop will open on October 9-10, bringing a buzz of life and vibrancy to the port city. The popular venue performed very well during the Mountshannon Arts Festival weekend and the artists and artisans involved were delighted with the response, as were locals and visitors alike.

Artists involved in this unique collaboration include Ailish McElroy from Ailish McElroy Millinery to Bodyke; Nathalie El Baba, visual artist based in Scariff; Rachel Maloney, Fine Arts graduate from the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD); Mel White aka Maximillist Art, a self-taught artist influenced by Pop Art; and Deirdre Carr, artist and poet.

“Mel White was instrumental in securing the premises and setting up the store,” said Ailish McElroy. “The aim of this pop-up is to provide us with an opportunity to showcase local artists living and working in the region and to provide a dedicated space to promote and sell our work. There is currently no permanent gallery space dedicated to local artists in the area. Most of us work alone, so the pop-up shop also provides an opportunity to connect with other local artists in our area. We organized the first ephemeral art shop as part of the Mountshannon Arts Festival and it was a great success. We have had a lot of visitors to the store.

Ailish is a skilled craftswoman and self-taught milliner who makes bespoke, handcrafted hats and accessories in her workshop in the hills near Bodyke. His recent line of very creative hats focuses on the color and texture of the Clare Coast and his Wild Atlantic Beanie collection is proving to be very popular.

Deirdre Carr, who has a vibrant and multi-layered range of oil paintings available for purchase, is currently following a three-year program of transdisciplinary processes and transdisciplinary research with Creevagh and Karum, a group of archaeologists, d Irish and Swedish artists, musicians and musicians. dancers. The theme is “Stone Water and Movement” in the West of Ireland and Oland in Sweden.

Mel White of Maximillist Art draws most of her inspiration for her graphic and pop-art style paintings from photographs taken during her travels around the world. She is also inspired by posters and prints by artists such as Andy Warhol, abstract drawings by Picasso and the imagination used in the creation of works by Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo.

Nathalie El Baba is an experienced visual artist and animator who works with themes of migration and connection, reiterating her personal journey. Her family left Lebanon when she was a young child during the civil war. Through her painting, Nathalie explores the strong emotional link with the place in Ireland and her fascination with the feeling of rootedness, contrasting with the constant movement of the sky.

Fine Arts graduate Rachel Maloney’s most recent work is based on David Attenborough’s series “Our Planet”, in particular the episode “Coastal Seas”. Using a mix of screen-printed textiles and collected recycled fabric pieces, Rachel has created vibrantly colored pieces that convey the natural beauty of the sea and its wildlife.

In addition to the pop-up shop, Mountshannon Arts has also created an online store as a platform to view and purchase locally created works. The virtual store presents the five artists involved in the pop up, as well as the work of “Fionnathan”. The social entrepreneur duo are a Mountshannon-based father and son who work through music, live presentations, video and visual arts.

All details are available at Mountshannonarts.ie/art-shop


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