Jackie Mc Kenna : sculptor extraordinaire and creator of some of the best known public art this country has to offer. Born and bred in these five glens, her dynamic energy has seen her re-shape her environment. Jackie is one of the founders of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, a bright and protective wing under which many a creative talent is nurtured and encouraged. Jackie is also involved in clay workshops for the caring community in this region. Whatever medium she chooses to work in, her sculptural work expresses a still, contemplative quality which invites the viewer to gaze and reflect.
This is an image of Diarmud and Grainnes cave. The lovers bed so to speak, located at Gleniff Horseshoe, a suitable place for legends such as this.
So spring has come to the Five Glens as the first of the grub-like catkins appear on the boughs of the early hazel, and what with all the abundant rain, Glencar waterfall lets down her long hair and shakes it loose. Alas in Manorhamilton yet another meet, on another chilly spring night with the grand old dame of The Parlour smiling her Mona Lisa smile and shaking her creaky bones as we prepared to set sail and man the ship. We have begun to chart out a course for the Five Glens with the formidable Phoebe, Chelsea, Charlie, Anna, Mary T, Stephen and Steve all listening and sounding out their thoughts. There is a poster now, drawn up by the fabulous Chelsea with Stephen ringing the headline and Charlie at home as we speak, scratching out a template for the official poster in her wonderful calligraphic style. We’ll be posting the call for proposals on every dog house, hen house, pub, club, tub, under every shrub and over them, on the windows and doors across the county, so snatch one of those tabs, start noodling, send us your ideas before the 1st of March, either to the email address listed below, or if you prefer, to the postal address, we can’t wait to see them!
Fiona Mc Carthy is a textile artist, specialising in the construction of high quality, bleach free pieces. She has introduced her quirky and unique characters, Mabel and Arnt, to the wonderful Leitrim landscape in which she lives, and they are thriving here, loving the wooded areas in particular.
She is a passionate believer in sustainability, and uses only organically grown cotton and chemical free dyes in her work.
Find out all about this great duo on http://www.mabelandarnt.com