One of the largest exhibitions of icons in Ireland opened in the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, 5th September and runs until Tuesday the 26th September. The seventy icons on display were all painted by members of The Association of Iconographers Ireland. This event was organised by the Association as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations.
Between 80 and 100 people attended the opening which was officially opened by Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin who is well acquainted with the Association as it was he and his team who commissioned the 4 icons which accompanied the 2012 Eucharistic Congress Bell. The icons are beautifully displayed, all thanks to Richard Sinclair, Patrick McMacken and Philip Brennan. Maureen Quinn and Una Jenkins who found this beautiful venue say the exhibition has been very well received and is well attended.
We are delighted with the publicity which has accompanied this exhibition. The Sligo Leader Partnership, “Come and Try Taster Weekend, 50 Ways to Change your Lifestyle” asked Maureen Quinn to give a guided tour of the Exhibition which will take place 12pm to 2pm today.
Last Sunday, Richard Sinclair, iconographer and Association tutor gave an interview to Ocean FM Arts Program.
Reality magazine, September 2017, posted a short piece on the Association, the Sligo Exhibition and a picture of Patrick McMacken’s icon of The Theotokos of the Passion (Reality Bites, page 6). Thanks to our secretary, Patricia Forde, for organised this posting.
Lastly a big thanks to Olga Weston click here for the many beautiful photographs she took at the Exhibition, (see below). I think you will agree that Olga has done the beautiful icons justice in her sensitive photography.
We are very blessed to have so many members who worked so hard as a team to organise all the events and courses which took place over this last year. Our founding members can only be celebrating with us. Congratulations to all our members.