THE FOURTH annual exhibition of woodcarving and sculpture from the VTOS Woodcarving group will open this Friday (May 18) at MacDonagh Junction and will run until May 25.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is based on My Family and will consist of sculptures, relief carvings and chip carvings. The artists are a mixed group varying in experience in woodcarving between one to three years. There is a large range of skill in the exhibition ranging from chip carving to detailed relief and sculpture and each piece has a personal tie to the artist through the family theme.
A good example would the sliotar carved by John O Keeffe. It is a large spalted beech in the shape of a ball over 400mm in diameter. John has the history of Danesfort hurling club burnt into the ball. John said this represents his family which is part of a bigger family which is the GAA.After the exhibition John is kindly donating the ball to Danesfort club.
Another example is Ciara Bourke’s carving of a Mothers hand holding her babys’ feet. This image commonly represents the love and care a mother has for her child. Ciara decided on this piece because it represents the love her mother has shown her in her life.
The exhibition is kindly hosted again by MacDonagh Junction shopping centre Kilkenny. None of this would be possible without the continuous support of the MacDonagh Junction management, VTOS and Kilkenny VEC. The official opening will take place in the workyard in MacDonagh Junction at 11 am on Friday. All are welcome.