Atlantic Crossing: Aug 20 to Sept 15

Atlantic Crossing: Cill Rialaig Benefit
Irish & American Artists benefit Cill Rialaig: with work by Glenn Fitzgerald, Brian Harte, Judy Hamilton, Micheal Madigan, and Shirley Mossman Nisbet

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 22, 2004, 3:00 – 5:30 pm. The guests of honour will be Cill Rialaig founder Noelle Campbell-Sharp and U.S. Ambassador James Kenny.

Cill Rialaig is a small pre-famine era village set high on a cliff at the very end of the Kerry peninsula that has been converted into an extraordinary not-for-profit retreat for artists, writers and composers. Artists come here from around the world and across Ireland to work uninterrupted in this beautiful and remote area. It is this wellspring of creativity, this source of inspiration, and the work that springs from it that this exhibition celebrates. Proceeds from this exhibition are being donated to Cill Rialaig by the artists and the Catherine Hammond Gallery.

Exhibition artists represent the wide mix who visit Cill Rialaig. Glenn Fitzgerald and David Harte are relatively recent graduates of the Crawford School of Art and Design whose work reflects a precocious maturity. Judy Hamilton is a mid-career artist whose vibrant seascapes are sought after by collectors. Micheal Madigan is a mid-career Irish American artist who finds his inspiration in his forefathers? landscape and culture. Shirley Mossman Nisbet is an established Massachusetts landscape artist who works across several media.

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