Open letter to the owners of vacant commercial properties in Terenure.

An open .    Monday November 30. 2015

Reproduced from the 'Our Community' page in the top menu.

I'm writing an open letter because you're almost impossible to find.  I think it's vital that the environment in which we live contains art. We have plenty of places to eat. We can drink buckets of coffee. There are lots of shops where we can buy provisions. We have great pubs, enough accountants and enough solicitors and many estate agents. We all live together and share this locality.

What we have very little of is Beauty in our environment. Why not do what you can to make this place look better.  Little things matter a great deal: just take a look at what Terenure Office Supplies do with their fabulous window displays for the children around Christmas and other significant occasions during the year. Magnificent. They deserve our full support.

This does matter. This activity brings joy -and that's what will motivate people to turn up to our village centre and maybe even buy stuff -or rent our vacant properties!

Here in Terenure, (and indeed all over Ireland) we have lots of empty commercial buildings. Some have been vacant for many years. Why not use Art to show how a village could look? Just a thought. Use Art to create a buzz around the place. Show how the buildings look when in use and lit brightly. Give something back to the people who we rely on to support the businesses in our locality.

Take a moment to think about how it could be if we all pull together. Of course, I'm asking that this be done as a community service. I don't have any money to pay for premises. I hardly have the money to pay my own mortgage; I just have my art, my enthusiasm and great connections to many wonderful, joyful artists with global reputations. I'm willing to muck in and organize a fantastic show for nothing; including sourcing print, putting together an opening party, publicising the event and manning the show for the duration of maybe a month. Will you muck in?

Have a look at the splendid video below, produced by the wonderful Sophie Spendel who's over from Holland, a country where they celebrate creativity and beauty and community activism. It's hard enough when the economy bursts -and then the clouds burst above us as they're doing as I write. Why don't we just celebrate life? Create something to see that takes us outside of mundanity? That's why we work, isn't it? To fund our lives outside of work.

I didn't set out to write a letter like this; I was only going to have this page for the video but I became moved to do so after so many rejections and expressions of indifference. We owe this to ourselves, because we all have to live here. It can't be that difficult.

Kevin
086 247 0737
6 Pack Dublin City from Sophie Spendel on Vimeo.

Update on Musical Youth Foundation Guitar Project



After a couple of weeks away doing other work, I've started back on this charity project. As you can see, I'm taking my sweet time. It's because I'm selfishly enjoying it so much -and nobody has given me a deadline!

But that's the joy of this. I'm almost done with the front of the guitar; I've the back still to do. Then there's all the lacquering...

Please visit the Musical Youth Foundation's web site and support them. I think it's a worthy cause because music, however badly I play it, is important in my life and I know how it gives children a sense of achievement once they own it.

When this guitar is finished, it will be sold to raise money for them. And it will be a playable instrument into the bargain!

Anything Strange? Well, how about Art Cards?

Now available: Art Cards for sale in packs of 5, direct from this web site.

You can send these to friends or they look fantastic framed and hanging on your wall. Each artwork has been chosen from my 'Strange Collection' or 'The Gilded Birds Collection'.

They're printed on 300gsm satin stock and are blank on the reverse. Have a look here.



Watch the Birdie



You can see how this small painting of a Bullfinch develops from roughing out to applying the gilding. Painting is a bit like building a house; things seem to come together very quickly until the final fitting and decoration have to be done. I left out much of the finessing of the bird as it would make the video just too long.

And I forgot to film it as I became so engrossed in the project, anyway.

I also played the ukelele for this. I bought it for my youngest daughter a couple of Christmasses ago but since then, she hasn't shown the slightest interest in it.

This is one of the works that went to Greenacres for their Christmas show. I do take on commissions for these, and if you're interested, call me on 086 247 0737.

You can see more of these artworks on The Gilded Birds page. :

Kevin

At the Greenacres Gallery, Wexford

These three little birdies are to be on show at the Greenacres Gallery in Wexford town in their upcoming Christmas show.

Hopefully, I'll get a shot of each in its position on the wall of the gallery before long.

If you'd like to call in to them, the gallery manager is Julie Barlow: Julie@greenacres.ie