A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Last month I had the opportunity to spend a week in the town near where my grandmother, Alice, was born. Louisburgh, Ireland remains today a town with one crossroad. This belies the fact that new homes abound in the surrounding area and the town bustles with tourists during the summer months. Not only is it close to Croagh Patrick, it’s beaches offer some excellent surfing and there is always the opportunity to fish.
I met two wonderful artists while I was there and I would love to share their work with you.
Kerstin Hellmann is a photographer whose photos of Ireland take your breath away. She is also a gracious friend, ever willing to offer advice and info on the town she resides in. I met her in the Louisburgh HQ where she had a display of her photos. She quickly suggested that I place a few of my notecards of my art quilt, Roots, in the local gift shop. (I did and if you ever stop by, please buy one!). You can learn more about Kerstin on her website. Here is a sample of just one of her beautiful photos of a beach near Lousiburgh that was on a notecard that I purchased from her:
I actually met Desmond Downes in my favorite Lousiburgh pub, Ah Bhun Abhainn. He graciously returned to his gallery for some postcard gifts for my cousin and me. Desmond is a truly gifted artist. From his home in Louisburgh he works on Film/Annimation with companies across the globe as well as graphic and web design. However, it was his oil paintings that caught my attention. You can learn more about all his many talents on his website. Here is a glimpse at one of his paintings:
I hope you enjoy browsing their works as much as I did!