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“Salt of the Earth” art exhibition for budding artists in Newport


“Salt of the Earth” art exhibition
 for budding artists in Newport

Kelly’s of Newport are delighted to announce “Salt of the Earth” art exhibition which will take place in Kelly’s Kitchen, next door to the butchers shop in Newport. The exhibition is part of the Économusée Artisans at Work Project and will be officially opened by Anne McCarthy of Mayo County Council on Thursday 15th March 2018.

“Salt of the Earth”, curated by Maureen O’Neill, is an assembly of works by recent graduates, early career and non professional artists. The theme connects the earthiness of traditional pudding making which is the focus of the Économusée and the development of the artists’ careers. The exhibition is comprised mainly of landscape paintings with some three dimensional pieces as well. The artists are all based in and around the Newport area and represent different age groups, experience and styles. 

The Économusée concept was developed in Quebec, Canada and translates as a living or working museum. An Économusée is an artisan business that opens its doors to the public to provide an interactive, learning and interpretive experience for visitors. In Ireland it is administered by Teagasc. Kelly’s are the only Économusée in Mayo and welcome pre-booked tours to the experience. 

The other Irish network members are: Connemara Smokehouse (smoked fish), St. Tola Goats Cheese, Breeogue Pottery, Celtic Roots Studio (bogwood sculptures) and Aran Islands Goats Cheese. At each one visitors can meet the artisans, hear their story, learn about their history and discover their authentic traditional production techniques and contemporary products. 

“Salt of the Earth” will be opened by Anne McCarthy, Mayo County Council at 7pm on Thursday 15th March 2018. Everyone is welcome. The exhibition will stay open for a month. 


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