Pop-up exhibition in Newcastle West gallery

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Pop-up exhibition in Newcastle West gallery

Work by Limerick artist Mike Fitzharris will be on sale

NEWCASTLE West will play host to its first ever pop-up exhibition this weekend when Sol Art comes to town.

Opening on Friday night in the Red Door Gallery, the exhibition will run for one weekend only but is expected to generate a lot of interest.

The man behind the pop-up is Martin Davis who founded the Sol Art Gallery in Dublin’s Dawson St in 2002 and who has a long record of hosting and attending art exhibitions both in Ireland and abroad.

And his decision to come to Newcastle West has been welcomed by Claire Gearey of the Red Door Gallery. “I am delighted. Martin has been in the art business in Ireland for 30 years and during this time discovered an immense talent and an immense interest in art in rural communities across Ireland,” she said.

“It is great for the town and for people who want to come and see the exhibition or to buy something,” she added.

Mr Davis, Ms Gearey said, represented Irish and international artists and this would be reflected in the exhibition.

“This exhibition represents the breadth of artistic talent available from Sol Art to suit all tastes,” Mr Davis said. And it will include a broad range of media from traditional forms of painting and sculpture to more contemporary media such as photography.

Works from acclaimed Irish artists such as James Brohan, Aidan Harte, JB Vallelly will be included along with work from Kerry artist Liam O’Neill and Limerick’s own Mike Fitzharris.

International contemporary work will be represented by Los Angeles based artist Rimi Yang and  Polish artist Katarzyna Gajewska.

“The finest of Ireland’s new emerging artistic talent will also feature including  Duda’s unique style of contemporary pop art and the fantastical narratives of RHA award winning portrait artist Francis O’Toole,” Mr Davis said.

The exhibition opens at 7.30pm this Friday evening and will run on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm.