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November Art Network

The November Art Network Showcase took place in the Garage Theatre on Wednesday, November 30th and, as usual now, a big crowd attended. Once again the Art Network organised four great acts for the very appreciative audience and Master of Ceremonies, Comedian Lorcan McGrane, introduced each, giving us some details of the background and art of the performer.
First up was John Murphy who is a former Clones man now living in Monaghan Town and he discovered the therapeutic value that can be derived from photography when he began taking photographs with his smartphone a couple of years ago. John says -'there are millions of quietly magical moments hidden beneath the dust of every day' and he has captured many of these with his eye for the moment and the story behind each picture. He exhibited many of these moments which he has enveloped in his images and spoke of the thoughts evoked by them. It was a fascinating presentation and garnered many 'oohs' and 'aahs' from the onlookers. John is also a poet and member of MOPOSOGS and it would be interesting to hear a presentation of his work in poetry. Next up was Sandra Clarke, from Cremartin, and she was at a disadvantage as she was suffering from hoarseness but like a true artist - 'the show must go on' and she regaled us with excellent choice of songs and with a wonderful voice. She is also an accomplished artist and showed us a couple of picutres of her work.She has already released one album entitled 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and is in the process of producing her second. She was accompanied at the Showcase by Ollie McGahon from Carrickmacross. The usual interval followed with the usual socialising, chatting, comparing stories, and having some finger food. The second half began with the rousing, toe-tapping, hand-clapping, lively traditional Irish music played by the well-known Pat McCabe accompanied by Barry Mohan and Ritchie Lyons. They call themselves Oriel and have a distinct style with their playing. Barry also performed one of his own compositions - a love song and the entire programme was very well received. To finish this month's Showcase we had Grainne Hunt, who we are told has many strings to her bow - knitter, super-nanny, horse-rider, makeup artist, skier, traveller, office worker, and singer/song writer. She hails from Carrickmacross but is now residing in Dublin. She has a very strong melodic voice and her lyrics tell a story which is told through the voice inflection in her singing. He voice has already gained many compliments from experts in the field and in music magazines. Watch this name - you will hear more from her in the future.
Again - well done to the Art Network committee for providing us with another wonderful night and for bringing the talents of people into the open for art lovers to enjoy.

I am calling this display of images as 'The Faces of Artists at Work'.

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