Local artists feature in ‘The Colour of Water’

Pictured at the opening of the art exhibition, 'The Colour of Water' at South Tipperary Arts Centre were Ann Cullen, Margaret O'Dwyer Quilty, Cllr Roger Kennedy, Kate Hayes and Cliona Maher (South Tipp Arts Centre).						| Photos: John Kelly

Pictured at the opening of the art exhibition, 'The Colour of Water' at South Tipperary Arts Centre were Ann Cullen, Margaret O'Dwyer Quilty, Cllr Roger Kennedy, Kate Hayes and Cliona Maher (South Tipp Arts Centre). | Photos: John Kelly

Waterford residents Ann Cullen and Kate Hayes feature in the summer exhibition ‘The Colour Of Water’, which opened on Tuesday, July 11th at the South Tipperary Arts Centre in Clonmel.
Cllr Roger Kennedy, the Leas-Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, attended the opening which shows the watercolour paintings of a diverse group of artists. James O’Donoghue, local artisan cidermaker of Longways Cider, was on hand to do a tasting for guests.
Raymond Osborn has been running an advanced watercolour painting course for a talented group of artists in the South Tipperary Arts Centre for the past number of year. Born and raised in London, Ray Osborn has lived, worked and painted in Ireland for nearly half a century.
He exhibits annually in the Kilkenny Arts Festival. He is an award-winning member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland.
He has worked in many mediums, but his love of watercolour has endured over the years. He describes is as “never easy, always unpredictable and at times like trying to herd cats”.
Ray acknowledged Ann Cullen has a beautiful use of colour, noting that her painting ‘Sunday Morning, Nice’ is “the sort of painting you could live with for many years.”
He joked that when you watch Kate Hayes paint, “it’s like a train wreck! There’s water and paint flying everywhere…the thing is it always works because she’s a very good painter.” He complimented her two paintings of flowers in this exhibition, describing them as “superb.”
Other artists in ‘The Colour Of Water’ hail from Wexford, Dungarvan and Kilkenny, as well as several from Clonmel.
As part of the South Tipperary Arts Centre Outreach and Education programme, there will be an activity pack available where visiting children (and their grown-ups!) have a visual treasure hunt to find different elements in the paintings.
“It’s a ‘Where’s Wally’-type game where the goal is to look for different images in the artwork. We want to encourage the children to look really closely at the paintings and to make it an interesting visit to the Arts Centre” explained Arts Centre Manager, Cliona Maher. A guided visit is also available for groups.

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