Thursday, December 15, 2011

Killarney has the most Christmas spirit,

The Back Lane Gallery all dressed up for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

Killarney has one the best festival in Ireland!!/christmasinkillarney/posts/10150542210027845This is indeed an amazing result for Killarney. We could not have achieved this without the amazing support of our friends and colleagues who helped us get this across the line on Monday Evening last. So to all of those involved a thousand thank you's are due in particular.. The Children, Parents, and Staff of Cullina National School Beaufort, The Cubs and Scouts, Peter Dunlea, the traders and stall holders at the Christmas Markets in Milk Market Lane, Eamon Mulvihill and his amazing crew at Santa's Secret Village, Valerie for taking fabby pictures, Catriona, Laura, And Denis Pio for agreeing to do the interviews, Michael for taking the film crew around by Jaunting Car Sleigh and to Deirdre and Gina from Fuzion Communications who's brainchild this was and of course the people of Killarney who came out in force on a rainy windy evening to support your town. We can not thank you all enough.
To see the result of our efforts tune in to The Business RTE 1 Monday next 8.30pm.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Back Lane Gallery Annual Christmas Fund

Free pottery workshop at the Back lane Gallery
The Back Lane Gallery is an Artist Collective highlighting artist from Killarney and the surrounding area. We are an artist run gallery. We offer a location for local artists to exhibit and sell their work.  All artists and Craft workers offer free classes and Workshops to the community. Our running costs are high and we are finding it difficult to keep our gallery going.  We are having our annual fundraiser, By donating you will be put in our draw to win one on the following: a precentage of the proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis

Oil painting By Terese O'Keeffe
Oil painting By Tina Reed
Hand Painted brooch by Amile Gagne
8 handmade Christmas ornaments by Robin Alger
Pastle painting "sheep in Snow"
and a 10% off loyalty card

All proceeds will go to the Back Lane Gallery Community Art fund!.  We need help to keep our gallery going.  Please Support the Arts. 

If you would like to help, please click the donate button.  Each ticket costs 2 euro.  Every 2.00 donation will be put into our Christmas Draw.

Childrens free card making workshop

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Back Lane Gallery Christmas and Anniversary Party

We made it!  We have been here for a year!  Recession and all!  It hasn't been easy, but it has been the best no paid job I have every had.  Last November I opened the gallery with a vision of having a place where local professional artist would have a place to exhibit their work and offer affordable art.  The artists contribute towards the rent and a small commission of 15% goes towards the running costs.  I use the space as my studio as well so customers can see a painting in progress on most days. It is not a posh gallery.  It smell of oils and turps and our resident potter Robin is always baking and often brings it in for the customers to sample. The paintings are not over priced and there is something for every one's budget. We also have tried to high light local craft makers and have some beautiful pottery, jewellery, hand made cards and furniture.  During the summer we had our "First Annual Art and Music Festival" All the musicians volunteer there time and were all from Killarney.  This is a community gallery.  Tina Reed offers oil painting classes.  I teach drawing to children and Robin Alger teaches pottery.  All in the gallery!  It has not been easy, but I have love every Minuit.  I would like to thank all the artists for their support!  And thank all of you who have come in to the gallery to support us as well!!!!  We hope we will be here for another year!  PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY AND CHRISTMAS ALL IN ONE!  3rd of December from 6 until 9.  Music by Geroid O'Duinnin and Christmas Carols by soprano Mary Culloty O'Sullivan.  Refreshments and Santa's Grotto is right outside our door!