Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Man about town

Meeting of minds on 'Common Ground'

TWO artist friends, diminutive Lisa Malone from Dundalk and blonde-haired Katrina Newell from Annalong, discovered themselves reunited in College Square North, Belfast, almost opposite the old Maritime Club where Van Morrison first cut his Celtic blues.

TWO artist friends, diminutive Lisa Malone from Dundalk and blonde-haired Katrina Newell from Annalong, discovered themselves reunited in College Square North, Belfast, almost opposite the old Maritime Club where Van Morrison first cut his Celtic blues.

The occasion was the previewing of both their one person exhibitions under the common title of 'Common Ground' in separate galleries of the Old Museum Arts Centre under the watchful eye of Barbara Anne Slevin, who provides a similar service for Tom Caldwell's Gallery.

Examining Katrina's evocative photographs of her grandparents' now empty farmhouse in Oldtown, Lisa's cousin Brídín McAlinden - registered as blind - and there with Lisa's aunt Anne McCann, yearned for entry into the world of lens-based art.

Man About Town suggested contacting John Baucher at the Holylands Workshops, who has run photographic workshops for the visually impaired.

Painter Damien Murray was taking a break from the Orchid Studios. Ozzie artist Gary Shaw was gearing up for his show of jockeys' colours in the Queen Street Gallery. Gerry Gleason, back from contributing to 'The Art of Hurley' in Kenny's Bookshop Galway, countered with news of the Queen Street Gallery's autumn venture in New York.

Queen Street's Stephen McKeown, who's shown in the Caldwell, talked of his own upcoming expressionist exhibition in Catalyst Arts. So Catalyst's Stephen Hackett explained he was planning to show Butthole Surfers music videos in the Exchange Place venue. Across the table, Cinilingus Board Members - Daniel Dewsberry, Seamus Hanrahan and Heather Allen - planned their movie programme input for this year's Belfast Film Festival.

Meanwhile Katrina - taking a Fine Arts Masters at Duncan of Jordanstone - was catching up on old times with her chum from their Belfast College of Art days, Kerry Morgan who's taking her Marketing Masters at Glasgow Caledonian.

Graphic designer Steve Armstrong and digital animator David Henry remember Lisa's previous work in the Golden Thread Gallery. But as for Lisa herself, she just thought it was high time she had her picture taken properly with boyfriend Ciarán O'Doherty.

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