An art and handmade gifts exhibition has been put together by three local artists and is currently on display in a city gallery.
The opening reception of Le ChÃ©ile took place in the Raggle Taggle Art Gallery, Sarsfield St. Limerick last Thursday evening with over 160 people in attendance.
The exhibition will be open from 2pm until 6pm daily and will finish on this Wednesday evening.
â€œThis is a new venture for us; we were all effected by the economic downturn and decided to make a new start,â€ said Tonya Clifford, one of the artists exhibiting in Le ChÃ©ile.
Tonyaâ€™s contribution is TÃr na nÃ“g which displays her handmade marionette puppets. Tonya expanded: â€œI got the inspiration from my grandmother. She used to give my sister and I puppets like these. Then I started making them myself and I love it.â€
The puppets are arranged on a forest-like display which is central to the exhibition space.
Mike Cliffordâ€™s contribution, entitled Mikeâ€™s Art, consists of charcoal, watercolour and oil paintings and includes landscapes, portraits and pictures of animals. Apart from the animal section, there are many other noticeable influences in Tonyaâ€™s fatherâ€™s work. Mikeâ€™s contribution is divided into a maritime, a musical, and a classic section which was â€œheavily influenced by my visit to the Medici chapels in Florenceâ€ he adds.
Fear na Coillte, by Will Fogarty, displays; â€œhand-carved walking sticks, staffs and larger decorative piecesâ€ according to the artist. â€œI was inspired by the American Wood Spirit but the spirit also fits well with the Irish psyche,â€ he adds.
Tonya and her father Mike were involved in Southern Stone, a marble and granite importer while Will was involved in the construction industry. Although the recession hit the artists hard their optimism is seemingly untarnished: â€œWe hope this project will be successful and we invite everyone to come and see itâ€.
â€˜Le Cheileâ€™ has already received a great reaction and the artists are delighted with the popularity of their work.