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May Art Network Showcase

The May Art Network Showcase took place as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, which was May 31st. It was held in the excellent venue of the Markethouse and as usual the four artists were excellent and varied. For the occasion Niamh O'Connor was Master of Ceremonies and she carried out the function in a very confident and professional manner. First up was Ruth Mannion, who is a tutor in Monaghan Institute, describing the work that is done there in Art, design and graphics using slides and drawing attention to work on display in the Markethouse. It is amazing to see so many different processes and mediums and the various effect each can achieve. The work of students from the institute is highly praised by the National College of Art and Design and the IADT among others. Then it was the turn of a young man, Shaun Monaghan, who proved his exceptional talent with the guitar.  He plays in a band called Anyos and he received a huge ovation at the end of his performance. I never did see the fingers of a guitarist move so fast and produce such music - he mesmerised us with his music and his playing. It was interval time then and tasty bites were enjoyed as well as plenty of chatting and comparing notes. Then Niamh introduced local sculptor, Mark Kelly, who gave us a brief outline of his development as a sculptor and then how he digressed somewhat into using other materials such as fibreglass and is now doing major assignments for major corporations. This was fascinating to hear how his work has grown into a big business and we wish him further success. Last but by no means least was singer Janice Igoe from Cootehill. She has a beautiful sweet and harmonious voice and has a wonderful way of expressing her songs and lyrics. Janice performs only rarely but when she does she enthralls her audience as she did in the Markethouse. She was accompanied by tow musician friends. Another very successful night for the Network.