THE GALLERY @ ABBEYLEIX LIBRARY
March 2018 Exhibition – Ceramics by Gabrielle Sampson
About Gabrielle: I first discovered ceramics as a sculptural form of expression eighteen years ago at the studio of Krysia Stronski in Montreal after completing a Masters degree in Literature at McGill University. Having worked on the wheel and hand-building at Champlain Regional College, my interests quickly moved from functional to organic shapes. I like to work in stoneware with as little surface treatment as possible, often preferring smoke firing. I divide my time between Montreal, where I work at the studio of Vera Vicente, and Castlecomer, where I have had a studio for the past eight years. My work is generally “organic” and is inspired by my walks in Jenkinstown woods and the Wandesforde Estate. The artists who inspire me most are Constantin Brancusi, Barbara Hepworth, Sonja Landweer, Rob Kessler, and Andy Goldsworthy.
Gabrielle’s launch took place on Saturday, 10th March.
The library is inviting submissions from artists, photographers and sculptors who would like to book an exhibition space in the gallery for 2018/19. Please call in to the library to pick up an exhibition application form and chat to our staff about using the gallery.
April 2018 Exhibition – Pyrography by Suzanne Finn