Friday, 1 October 2010

Emer Gallery

Last night I opened a new exhibition of paintings by the artist Victor Cirefice in the Emer Gallery, which is on the Antrim Road in north Belfast.  There were around 60 works and they were all related to sport.  In fact they covered about 14 different sports.

It was a very pleasant evening and I had the opportunity to speak to Victor, who was born in Wales but now lives in Kilkeel.  He explained his method of painting and I was most impressed by his work. 

My department deals with both sport and art and this was an occasion when they both came together and that is entirely appropriate for they have much in common.  Both have a passionate following and both can engage us and enrich our lives.

Eamon Mallie was there but he was 'off duty' and came along because of his interest in art.  Mark Sidebottom was also there but he was 'on duty' and did an interview outside the gallery about the IFA.  There were also quite a number of people from north Belfast, as well as those from further afield, and it was a good opportunity to talk to folk I had not seen for some time.

There is a forthcoming exhibition in the gallery of new paintings by Una O'Grady, daughter of P J O'Grady, the principal of St Patrick's College Bearnageeha, which is also in north Belfast.

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