The Organico Café Christmas Exhibition will run from Friday, November 28 until Saturday, January 10. This is a mixed show of high quality art, including paintings, textiles and photography, catering for a diverse range of tastes. Organised by Catherine Weld, Coomhola based artist and manager of the upstairs gallery, the emphasis of this exhibition is on affordability for Christmas, giving people the opportunity to buy something original and unique, made by an artist with a connection to West Cork.
Deirdre Ni Laoghaire was born in Cork city and now lives in Clonakilty. She makes textile works inspired and influenced by the landscape and marine life of West Cork.
Michael Prior was born near Ballinspittle and still lives nearby; he also has family in Bantry. He is a photographer of West Cork and beyond, with a very strong eye and feeling or light and mood. He is extremely dedicated and often rises extremely early to catch the early morning light, or goes out late at night to photograph the Milky Way. His prints are on a matt cotton paper with a warm rich feel to it that will last well over 100 years.
Karen Billing’s paintings are influenced by folk art, Russian icons and Aboriginal decoration and are mainly acrylic on canvas or board. They are strongly coloured or patterned, positive and glowing statements, sometimes with a touch of humour.
Robert Brown is a retired architect who has worked and travelled extensively before retiring to Bantry. His sensitive and subtle watercolours are of local scenes.
Paula Collins lives in Wicklow but is a long-term and regular visitor to West Cork and Bantry in particular. Her work combines photographs with ‘found’ objects, often stones or pieces of foliage, that she collects and preserves, then uses to build up the image with a frame.
The show will open at 3.30pm on November 28.
On Saturday, November 29, a one-day craft fair showcasing an excellent selection of Christmas gifts will take place in the gallery between 10.30am and 4.30pm.