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Opening of Exhibition: 17th February 2022
Exhibition running until 19th March 2022
The Landscape and Memory Collective is pleased to announce the opening of a physical exhibition at Cootehill Library Gallery, Bridge Street, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Artists in this exhibition bring forward their personal approach to Landscapes that are captivating, other worldly and capture the enchantment of their essence. Influences would be derived from where each artist is resident such as Ireland, Poland, U.S.A., Germany, Israel and Greece.
Enchanting landscapes are inviting, captivating, inspirational and calm our souls. It is know that spending time in nature reduces stress. A number of scientific studies have found it can help lower cortisol and blood pressure levels, and even alleviate depression and anxiety.
While few of us these days are venturing out of our homes, much less visiting the Cliffs of Moher or other nature preserves, there is still a way of bringing the peace of nature into our homes. It’s called landscape art.
Human beings are naturally drawn to vastness in scenery. Landscape throughout history has served rich and poor, it’s given that quality of nature brought home. The vastness is the ever-infinite sky, it’s the depth of field, it gives human beings this calming quality. Artist or not, rich or poor, we all have that response. Landscape art may also be illustrated or described in domestic terms, a section of the vastness preened by humans, perhaps a garden.
Enchanting landscapes may illustrate the realism of what we see, abstract of what we feel, include fantasy aspects such as imagined figures; i.e. fairies, mystical creatures. They may include humans interacting with the land in some way. The possibilities are endless and how much of what the artist may show or reveal is up to them. This is what makes landscape art so exciting; there are no restrictions for the artist because the land is so vast. Interpretation is solely made by the artist.
To celebrate the peace and joy that art can bring during the age of coronavirus, this group of artists are pleased to pick up their paint brushes and other tools to engage in art; and create artwork in response to Enchanting Landscapes for a physical exhibition in the hope of inspiring audiences.
Take a deep breath; create, share and enjoy the beauty of art.
Featured Artists: Dawn McGrath (Ireland), Edyta Dzierż (Poland), Grace Glover (U.S.A), Irena Paskali (Germany), Marilyn Gaffney (Ireland), Paula Hynes (Ireland), Root Yarden (Israel), Steph FigPope (U.S.A), Olga Boldyreff (France) and Thomas Vallianatos (Greece).