I thought, now is the time to find a place to use as a gallery. Rents will surly have to come down now.
I was walking past the the old market. 30 years ago they were restored by the council to be used as workshops for artist and craft worker. Of course the rents were too high for artist and the project never got off the ground. They were sold off to a shop and sadly used as store rooms for all these years. I noticed a group of twenty somethings working inside one of the units. I asked what was going on and they said they were opening a cafe. What?, I thought, They are renting them out again after all these years?! I immediately inquired about the units and was told they were all being rented out and there was only one left, and it was right next door the the cafe. How much? I asked, and was surprised to hear they were offering a very low rent until the end of December. Without blinking an eye I signed up!
That was a week ago. After cleaning, filling hole in the wall and floors, sanding and painting and putting up picture rails, the first piece of art went on the walls.
I have lived in Killarney for fifteen years, it is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland but there was an artistic void. There was no artist center or theater, no artist asscocation, no group shows no where to exhibit your work. No where for the public to see the talent that Killarney has to offer. Well I can't build a theater but I can make a gallery.
With the help of my Husband Pat and brother in law Donie, one week later I have a gallery with 7 talented killarny and Kerry artists. I am exhausted but so happy to have a dream come true.
My dad past away 5 weeks ago and left me a small amount of money and I took this and made the gallery happen. I thought of him everyday I was in there painting and cleaning. I am dedicating it to him. He was a brilliant artist in his own right and I know he would be very proud
The Cafe will be open the second week in December and the Gallery will have there opening reception on the 4th of December 7pm. Please come by and support us
|Walls and floors painted|
|Picture rails going up|
|Art work on the walls|