Hope this finds you well, so if you know me at all you know I've been banging on about this amazing opportunity to exhibit in the ultra exclusive Gstaad region of Switzerland. Well it was as simply AMAZING!
Miriam Fitzgerald Juskova, Fran Halpin and I set off last Thursday with travelling partners Mark Kelly (sexy groupie number 1) and Lorraine (Fran's sister and Sexy groupie number 2)!
For fun and because we were proud of the opportunity to represent Ireland, in this truly international exhibition, we geared up! ***Go Team Ireland***
We travelled in great form, lots of excited chats and fun had as you can see but we were going to do business and stand up for inequality in the arts world as was the remit of the show, arranged, curated and fashioned by organiser Leticia De Prado and her team at Artsfemin.
The surrounding were crazy gorgeous, seriously! Huss Hotel Gstaad is simply stunning as is the region it sits in...Saanen the local town is picture perfect in every way at the foot of the snow dusted alps.
Night one, after checking in and turning quite a few heads in this exclusive enclave with our Team Garb and after a very long day travelling we decided to join DJ Erick in the bar along with several other artists who had also arrived for the exhibition opening (in total 50 of the 55 artists where in attendance from across the globe) it was wonderful to finally meet our fellow exhibitors, we also met and mingled with a Google team party from Zurich thanks to my brother and his ability to make friends every where he goes in minutes!
We retired after a while to "wait for it" our own igloo for a quiet nightcap before turning in!!
On Friday, after a Monster Breakfast, I had opportunity to spend a short amount of time with my sister Nyree, Declan her husband and their gorgeous daughters who live in Switzerland and who made the three hour track to come support me...(love you x) we headed into the beautiful town of Saanen, a picture perfect chalet town of quaint coffee shops and high end retail..after a short visit I had coffee in town with the other artists and Yuhdi Menuhin!? (he established a renowned music school here) before tracking back up the beautiful winding path to Huus. We headed our separate ways to spruce up before reconvening for, a quick chat and lippie check - then we were on.
The venue was a buzz of excitement, glamorous, bustling and busy! With opening speeches by organiser Leticia of Artsfemin and French Princess Hermine de Clarmont-Tonnere, the mixing and mingling went well into the night with a presentation of the catalogue and a certificate to each of the artists involved. Those that know me will understand how difficult I find it to take pictures during an event so I have included only a small selection here.
I met so many amazing people over the course of the three days exhibiting during this event, so many new talents to follow on Social platforms, to share and learn with, and a handful I shall stay in contact with for many a year! The only downside of this international exhibition is the aftermath - Corona was just hitting us as we left, and as I am immuno-suppressed I did take precautions with hand-washing and gels but the severity of it only really impacted me on my return...for a few days now I have been suffering a chronic sinus infection and after a call from my doctor am on a weeks lockdown with antibiotics to beat the band - And today the schools and childcare facilities closed down until the 29th March!
it doesn't dampen the experience of travel and experiences like this with family, friends - new and old, the opportunity to do this type of work is never wasted and is always a learning curve and as I carry on in my creative journey I do hope it shall continue, and did I mention the PRESS was Great! - Go safe my friends, and thanks to all in Huus, Artsfemin, Gstaad and Solothurn for such a memorable experience.
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I would like to take a minute to thank Monaghan Enterprise Centre, for assistance through their T.A.M.E. program and particularly all the team in my local LEO office. Thanks folks x Niamh.
Hambly and Hambly at Dunbar House in Enniskillen.
I have had the distinct pleasure of having my work accepted by one of my very favourite Galleries, Hambly & Hambly at Dunbar House. (See images below, of pieces currently available there). One of my first encounters with this fantastic large Commercial Gallery came through Facebook, I was astounded by how many of the artists I follow, love and admire where on show here....I quickly joined their mailing list and when well enough started to attend some of their amazing and varied exhibitions and happenings.
In 2018 my work was accepted for the 1ft sq show, an annual exhibition I have been delighted to be included in now for some years, with the unfortunate closing of the wonderful Higherbridges Gallery in Enniskillen the exhibition was opened in the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh. It was a successful exhibition with the usual mix of stunning works from all levels of creative....It was decided by the powers that be that the exhibition should again be shown in its original hometown of Enniskillen and Hambly & Hambly was the chosen destination much to my absolute delight. This was the first introduction of my work to this prominent Gallery and our relationship has developed from there.
I am seriously thrilled to tell you my work is available in the same space as so very many of my peers & idols, contemporary & modern artists and abstractionists...this progressive vibrant and quite possibly largest commercial Gallery in the region is ticking all my boxes, do yourself a favour and go visit, the breath of work is outstanding, varied and exciting and the venue itself a hidden oasis of grace and elegance.
Shifting walls on show until Aug 24th at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh.
We had a wonderful night at our Opening Reception for #shiftingwalls in Strule Arts Centre, Omagh...or so I'm told! Due to a calendar clash I was unable to attend the opening night...we knew this as soon as our dates came in and whilst it was unfortunate it was unavoidable.
Kate, Jo, Roisin, Jackie and Sinead were all there, along with Fermanagh and Omaghs District Council Arts Manager Byrony May who so readily agreed to open on our behalf ..and what a fine job she did (https://www.instagram.com/p/B0Wv-xUlbRj/?igshid=yczlbiykga0c) and thank you again Byrony, your support means a great deal to us all.
I had mentioned earlier there are plans afoot for a closing event in Strule before this exhibition continues onto its next destination (The Markethouse, Monaghan followed by Droichead Arts Centre, Louth). However at time of writing we are still finalizing these details, coordinating so many busy diaries is never a simple task and I shall of course tell you all as soon as I can on the date settled, for now I'll leave you with an open invitation to go see our exhibition, enjoy our work and feel free to let us know your opinion or indeed share your #shiftingwalls story.
Next Saturday I am teaching in Armagh....wanna join me?
I have mentioned before that I was bringing my wax ironing workshops back to Armagh in August, and it's coming up....Saturday Aug 10th to be exact ..and news is there is 1 space left....see below for details xx N.
Its Tuesday morning and finally the van...or should that read VANS are packed! The excitement is palpable as are the nerves....nothing major just the usual worries, did we forget
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the drumlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.