Festival Director Ollie Breslin was on hand to do introductions while Council Arts Officer Conor Nolan was on hand to offer advice and tips about the festival.
Once more, Imagine has put on a good show: the programme is strong this year, with music events being staged at the Theatre Royal, Central Arts and other venues.
Ger gave a walking tour of the exhibition, inviting the audience to see into the paintings and gave a very active assessment of his views. This is expensive art and is well worth seeing. an
Martin Gale landscapes have a photo realism feel to them, focusing on rural scenes – this art is priced from €1,000 to €7,000.
Mick O’Dea’s art got a particular mention as he covers such a wide range of nice old scenes from Dublin to the Dart at Booterstown. He was also asked to contribute art in related to 1916 figures: his art is priced from €5,000 and is seen as an investment.
The one we liked most was that of Colin Martin, depicting an IKEA showroom with furniture. An art piece from New York looked really cool and would suit a modern apartment.
There is also a great piece form the East German Stasi era, along with a piece from the vinyl era.
Colin’s art is really interesting and shows great imagination, so much to see that you must look at the pieces a few times, so please check it out over festival week. Colin likes some old technology and recording equipment and the feel is a little retro.
Upstairs, there are paintings from the Municipal Collection including Jack Yeats and Paul Henry.
Meanwhile, ‘The Green One’, a new opera by composer Eric Sweeney and poet Mark Roper, will be performed as part of the Imagine Arts Festival in Christ Church Cathedral on October 28th, 29th and 30th.
‘The Green One’ is a re-telling of the ancient Middle Eastern myth of Ishtar, Goddess of the Earth, and her sister Allatu, Goddess of the Underworld – a story which underlies the Christian story of the Easter Resurrection.
‘The Green One’ follows the previous collaboration of Eric Sweeney & Mark Roper on ‘The Invader’, which was premiered in 2014.
Tickets available online at www.imagineartsfestival.com or 076-110-2856
* See Encore 10 and 11 for more Imagine 2016 coverage.