CLAIR/OBSCUR – an enlightening exhibition at Solas
On Fri 22nd June , Claire/Obscur by artist Celia Richard will open at the Solas gallery in Ballinamore. Subtitled “ a journey into emotional balance” this might sound an emotionally heavy exhibition, but is in fact a record of one womans journey from trauma to emotional wellbeing told through a series of artworks in different media, the pictures each being an attractive and interesting piece on its own. Many of the pieces and their background stories would hold a relevance for many, just from everyday experiences.
Celia, a multi talented artist, comes from the Champagne region of North East France where she practiced as an Enviromental Science Executive and has lived in the Cavan/Monaghan area since 1998. Active in the community she did her post grad at NUI, Maynouth and works mainly in`”Art in Care” settings. Her work is presented in many styles, paintings; photographs, montage and sculptoral. Some of Celia`s works are based on eggs, that seemingly most fragile, but in reality strong, piece of nature. The eggs in a vice represent the pressure one feels in all walks of life, while another, egg surrounded by small tools is a reflection on the fixing of life.; “My Thoughts have no Boundaries” shows the mess of life when things go wrong. The beautiful “Mandala” was painted at a time when Celia was not well and looking for patterns in nature, it is a very moving work. Another lovely painting “The Long Voyage”, a little girl looking out of a train, a remembrance of her peaceful childhood. Her series of trees are not only magnificent, both small and large, but some also form part of an installation. How many of us, as child and adult have lain down under a tree and looked up? Some of these paintings enable you to do just this, cushions provided!
On Sat 7th July from 11-5, Celia will be running a free “drop in” workshop, where one can come for 30 mins or stay all day. Based on creative recovery playing there will be all sorts of exciting and different objects for you to create a piece from and then take home.
The exhibition will be opened on Fri 22nd June at 7.30 pm by Siobhan McKenna, Manager for Tearmann, Domestic Violence Services, Monaghan. Siobhan and Celia have worked together, and now, with Celia reaching 40 during the exhibition , this is a celebration of turning over a new leaf and helping others along the way. The exhibition will run until 14th july, opening hours 10-6, Mon-Sat. the Gallery is above the Four Seasons Garden Centre, Ballinamore, enquiries tel Gail or Ben 071-9644210, email@example.com or visit our website www.solasart.ie.