Marie McMahon, Curator of the County Museum officially launched the South Tipperary Art Group (STAG’s) 43rd Annual Art Exhibition in Clonmel Library on Tuesday of last week. Marie spoke of STAG’s involvement in the community, especially in the voluntary sector. She spoke fondly about the STAG Junior section, which is 40 years old this year, and of which she was a member and where she studied for her Leaving Cert Art, as only a minority of schools had Art as a subject during her school years.
STAG Organiser Maureen Purcell made a special presentation of inscribed STAG silver cufflinks, crafted by silversmith Rory Donohoe, to Aran Crotty and Dillon Grace, two Junior members who graduated from STAG last month, having spent 10 very happy and productive years as members. Dillon hopes to study law, with Art as a hobby, while Aran will attend Art College in Limerick. The officers, committee and all members congratulate both young men and wish them well on their chosen paths.
The exhibition has been a great success so far, with all the pottery, several artworks and a photo image on canvas of O’Connell Street, Clonmel al sold. This is an exhibition worth visiting as the themes of the artworks are very varied, with paintings of bygone days of areas in and around Clonmel including the Quay Walk, Sanky’s Arch, Anglesea Street, Slievenamon and the Greyhound Track from the Gashouse Bridge (White’s Bridge). Paintings of local scenery including Inislounaght Church, Marlfield, St. Patrick’s Well, the Old Bridge, Ardfinnan, Cahir Castle and the Rock of Cashel are also included.
It also features textile artworks including Batik, Knitting and Velvet work, as well as beautiful botanical paintings, horse paintings and several superb still life paintings and Impressionist Artwork. There is something for everyone at this exhibition, which will continue until this coming Saturday, 9th July at 4pm in Clonmel Library. All exhibitors must attend at 4pm to collect their Artwork.