|Bridgeen Butler’s ‘Pieces of Me‘ launches Friday 8 July |
“Pieces of Me” Landscapes, Seascapes and Escapes – a Solo Exhibition of original artworks by Bridgeen Butler. Bridgeen’s ‘ PIECES of me’ collection demonstrates in a variety of forms how she has been influenced by the landscape and seascape of the North Antrim coast. Representationally and symbolically earth, wind, water and fire appear in her work in many guises. She professes to have no particular style and is reluctant to be defined by one; rather her art process is lead by experimentation with a variety of themes, techniques and materials to discover new ways of expression.
While art has always been a passion and a lifelong interest for Bridgeen, it was not until she retired that she was able to devote her time and energy to producing art. She describes artmaking as her full time pastime and therapy. “I begin each new piece with no plan and let the marks drive the process, feeling my way into my work; every day is an new opportunity for learning and exploring art making and self expression”.
Bridgeen sums up her relationship with art making as “It feels like I am doing what I was always supposed to do” and laughs when she says “better late than never”.
The exhibition runs from Friday 8 July until Sunday 17 July. Open daily between 12-4pm.
Summer Fun in Cushendun
There are still spaces available for some of our kids workshops the week commencing 18 July. We have got Beach Arts and Crafts on Monday suitable for 7-11 year olds. A lovely morning of activity creating art through the natural environment. Tuesday will be an action packed morning of song and dance where the kids will be able to learn the theatical ropes from professional actress Julie Kinsella! On Wednesday, we have Irish language officer Deirdre Goodlad leading a morning of songs, stories, crafting all a healthy dose of Gaeilge so that the little ones can appreciate our Gaelic culture and heritage. The Thursday BuzyWeeBees session is sold out as is our 3pm session of Musical Wings but there are still spaces on the under ones Musical Wings session at 2pm. Book for all on our Ticketsource page.
We are also thrilled to announce that we will have Glens Drama Group back in the Old Church in August. There will be two kids workshops on for two different age groups. Monday 15 Aug & Tuesday 16 Aug will be a two day workshop for the P1-P4s (kids starting those classes in Sept 2023) and Wednesday 17 Aug & Thursday 18 Aug for the P5s and upwards. It will have a myths and legends theme, as we celebrate our ancient folklore and heritage and Karen cannot wait to see all the kids back in Cushendun! Booking will be live from Monday at 11am from here.
Tuesday Get Together 12 July
And not forgetting our Tuesday Get Together – which is back this Tuesday in the Old Church between 2-4pm! Spread the word and drop in for some refreshments, music from Manny and a bit of craic. All free thanks to our community funding. If you need a lift or know someone who does – give Jude a buzz on 07510356702 and she will sort you out.