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.