For Immediate Release: September 1, 2015. Three woman show featuring artwork inspired by Ireland.
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For Immediate Release: September 1, 2015

Contact: Bradley Butler, gallery director
20 W. Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 | (315)462-0210

An Exploration of Things Seen and Unseen, Inspired by Travels to Ireland.
Three Rochester Artist/Teachers and their interpretive artwork

Clifton Springs, NY – Main Street Arts will host an exhibition celebrating the shared experience of travel and the unique landscape of Ireland through an exhibition with a reception and artist discussion on Saturday, September 26 from 4 to 7pm. Celtic Impressions: Seen and Unseen Ireland will feature printmaking, encaustics, and mixed media pieces by Elizabeth Durand, Constance Mauro, and g.a. Sheller.

"Journeys begin and end, but our ongoing connection to the land remains. As practicing artists we translate these impressions into the visual iconography of line, color, texture and form seen in the works presented in this exhibition. We are artist/educators who have a heritage, an ancestral connection and deep love for the magnificent country of Ireland." — g.a. Sheller

During the numerous trips to Ireland that they have made, their individual focus has been on the remote and dramatic landscape of the West and, most recently, on Achill Island. The changeable light, the rocky fields and the spectacular shorelines are a constant source of inspiration in a land that is both barren and fertile. 

Each of the artists responds to the landscape with their own perception and sensibility. This exhibition is an interpretation of being immersed in the Celtic tradition which remains the source, spirit and mystic of the Land of Eire “The ancient Celts never separated the visible from the invisible, time from eternity, or the human from the divine” (John O'Donohue, author and poet)

Durand, Mauro, and Sheller have explored the intersection between place and human perception. Attention may sometimes reach beyond the reality observed and venture into myth and legend. Ireland provides heightened understanding of the inner and outer landscape.

The images reflect the many seasons in a day and twenty four hours of light and dark, as well as, all shades in between. The artists respond almost as one to an image that presents itself in a stirring of the soul. Their encounter with the Irish landscape is essentially an inquiry, and that implies questions. Questioning begs looking and seeing with new eyes. Close observation results in an increased appreciation and consciousness of the natural world and an impulse to re-present place.

The gallery is open to the public and as always, entry is free. Wine and snacks will be served at the opening reception on September 26th. 

PRINT-READY PRESS IMAGES (Click to get full-sized image)

Image Details (Artist, Title, Medium) From Top Left to Bottom Right: 
1. Constance Mauro - "Cottage Co. Claire", encaustics
2. Elizabeth Durand - "Keel Bay Cartography II", monoprint
3. g.a. Sheller - "Replica", mixed media

Additional exhibitions can be found upstairs at Main Street Arts during the exhibition. More info on current and upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and events can be found on the gallery's website.

Celtic Impressions: Seen and Unseen Ireland runs September 12–October 31, 2015; gallery hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 11a.m.–6p.m. and Friday–Saturday, 11a.m.–7p.m. For additional information about this exhibition, please contact Bradley Butler, gallery director at (315)462-0210 or email or visit Interviews and video footage can be arranged upon request.


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