Summer arrives in Ballinamore

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 29th July, 2009 12:00pm

The rain may be pouring, but summer has most definitely arrived at the Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore, where the theme for the July group exhibition is Painted Poems.

Painted Poems has opened at Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore, and runs until August 12.

From the classics of Byron to verses written by the members themselves, each artist has created pieces for this exhibition that have been inspired by a poem of their choice. The result is a truly eclectic and fascinating collection of work that is sure to enhance any visit to Ballinamore this summer.

The exhibition was officially opened by the Irish poet PJ Kennedy. A Belturbet native, Kennedy's contribution to the arts is long established, with his poems well received at the annual Listowel Writers Week and other venues.

In Shadows On Our Doorstep, a collection of his own work comprising 30 poems, Kennedy's deep connection to the Irish landscape and its inhabitants is beautifully demonstrated.

The publication sold out on release in Kerry and in his native Cavan and has now been reprinted.

For information, contact Gail at the gallery on 071-9644210 or at

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