October 26th - November 12th

A View From The Chair
Selected by Ken McCarthy, Chairman of the Lavit Gallery.

Each year The Lavit Gallery hosts a selected exhibition, often inviting an artist to choose an exhibition. This year's selected exhibition is a little different than before, in that the board have asked the Chairman of the Lavit Gallery - Ken McCarthy to select a show.

Ken McCarthy, although not a practitioner of art, is no stranger to visual art, having served on the board of the Lavit Gallery for twenty years. McCarthy has selected an exhibition entitledA View From The Chair,which featuresJohn Behan, Pauline Bewick, Veronica Bolay, Mike Fitzharris, Michael Flaherty, Bridget Flannery, Tim Goulding, Eadaoin Harding Kemp, Mary Mackey,Arthur Maderson, Frieda Meaney, James McCarthy, Michael O'Dea, Jacqueline O'Driscoll, Victor Richardson, George Walsh and Tom Walsh. He explains thatthe collection of artists involved in this show reflect a national selection of  Artists who have contributed to the success of the Lavit gallery over the years.

Each of the seventeen artists has been invited to show one piece each. John BehanandJames McCarthyrepresent sculpture, both choosing creatures from the animal world as their subject. Although working in 2d,Frieda Meaneylikewise looks to the animal world in her mixed media work on steel.

Landscape features strongly in this exhibition. Victor Richardson's large scale painting depictsThe Lee at Sundays Well, whileTom Walshalso brings a local scene to life with his watercolour telling the story ofPension Day Ballinacurra. The Irish landscape is also chosen as a subject byVeronica BolayandMichael Flahertywho focus on Mayo and Kerry landscapes respectively. Meanwhile the warmth of sunnier climates can be sensed in the works ofArthur MadersonandMike Fitzharris, Maderson focusing on a scene of leisure - crowds enjoying a waterfall in France, while Fitzharris looks across orange rooftops. A less specific landscape can be seen in the painting -Winter WoodsbyJacqueline O'Driscoll, with marks and textures evoking the essence of her subject. Bridget Flanneryalso looks at the essence of her subject - water, in her deep blue painting, while a softer blue can be seen inTim Goulding'scloud scene.

Eadaoin Harding KempandMichael O' Dea'spaintings belong to the genre of still life.Harding Kemp'spainting with the highly patterned tablecloth and the autumnal colouring of produce evoking a feeling of richness and abundance. O'Dea's painting meanwhile evokes absence, with the viewer seeming to be just outside the boundaries of the painting (perhaps meant to be viewing from a chair!). While there may be an air of mystery in O' Dea's painting, mystery surrounds the thoughts or reveries of the central figure in Pauline Bewick's painting -Moon and Amaryllis.

The use of another medium - glass, by bothMary MackeyandGeorge Walshadds even more variety to this exhibition, and all the more so because of the contrast of their approaches, Walsh working figuratively and Mackey working with atmosphere and markmaking.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Jennie O' Sullivan, RTE news correspondent, on Wednesday 26that 8.00p.m., and will run until November 12th.