Since our first show and sale of Irish artistry, it’s been a steady ride… with an idea hashed out on the banks of the McKenzie River, Oregon in 2005, refined in a courtyard in New Orleans in 2006, and inspired by John and Catherine Harrington, from the Beara Peninsula, West Cork, we are pleased to showcase the work of emerging and talented artists of Ireland.
Having lived and traveled extensively in Ireland, we return to Ireland yearly in search of those artists who are unique and have a quality craft we would like to promote and support. From Eyeries to Enniskerry and Doolin to Dublin we explore the Irish countryside for that select group of talented artists.
Currently, we welcome you to browse through the work of Hannah Arnup of Ballymorris Pottery, in Co. Clare. Each piece is unique, an original Celtic design, which our customers describe as “just gorgeous.” Also featured in the collection are the cozy and long wearing Connemara Socks. We are thrilled to feature the fabulous McKernan handwoven Scarves. Vibrant and handsome, they are beautifully made and a big hit here in New England. Photographic images of Ireland by Clare Boland offer customers a fresh look of Ireland through the eyes of this young and talented artist. Just in, we have the wonderful vintage Irish travel prints by our friends at Printworks in Co. Clare. Ann Hayes and Joann Roby, sculptors from Co. Cork have added whimsical animal figurines to the 2012 collection, that I must say were a blast to stage and photograph while we were still in Ireland. Last but not least, we found new cards featuring the whimsical landscape and figurative paintings by Eoin O'Connor. Measuring 5 x 5 these cards are so fun and unique-which we think are suitable for framing.
Please Note... The Cuala Press Collection we have the honor to showcase may not be shown on the website, due to copyright concerns, but continue to earn praise from those who are familiar with this historic Irish Printworks. For those unfamiliar with the Cuala Press, it began in 1903 as a cottage industry for Irish women in Dublin. It was started by Lolly and Lilly Yeats, sisters of W.B. Yeats and Jack Yeats. Many of the poems illustrated and hand colored are by W.B. Yeats. Exhibited March 2010 in Portland, Maine customers raved about the collection. They are available at our shows and by appointment. For more information on the Cuala Press Collection, call 207-730-2090.
COLLEEN HARRINGTON BOLAND