The F.E. McWilliam Gallery has opened its doors to art enthusiasts from near and far for the launch of exhibitions by County Down artists David Crone and Eleanor Wheeler.
David Crone’s retrospective exhibition entitled Echoes and Reflections sat magnificently in the main gallery and Eleanor Wheeler’s exhibition Topiary took pride of place in the F.E. McWilliam Sculpture Garden.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Gareth Keating, welcomed visitors to the Gallery and complimented the artists and organisers on the quality and diversity of the work on show.
He said ‘We are delighted to be able to present the work of these two accomplished local artists. Eleanor Wheeler has created a number of public art works in the Borough including ‘From the Bridge to the Hills’ near the new bus station in Banbridge and The Luck Penny in Rathfriland.
David Crone’s exhibition has been developed in co-operation with Ulster University and the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and it is wonderful that that exhibition will tour to Dublin where it will open later in the year’.
Born in Belfast in 1937 and now based near Spa, Co. Down David Crone has had a long and distinguished career as an artist and tutor having taught for over 30 years at Annadale Grammar School from 1963-1975 and, until 2001 at Belfast College of Art.
Highly respected in the art world, David Crone has an extensive history of exhibiting in Ireland and beyond and has has received many honours over the years including membership of the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy.
Featuring key works from throughout his career, this exhbibition brings together paintings from public and private collections.
Co-curated by Riann Coulter, Curator of the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Feargal O’Malley, Curator at Ulster University, this exhibition is a cross-border collaboration between the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, where the exhibition will be on display from 10 November – 22 December 2016.
Eleanor Wheeler’s exhibition Topiary which has been created for the F.E. McWilliam Sculpture Garden, features a number of ceramic vessels and sculptures inspired by natural forms including pine cones.
David Crone: Echoes and Reflections runs until 28 August 2016. Eleanor Wheeler: Topiary will run until the end of September 2016. Admission to the Gallery and Sculpture Garden is free.
The F.E. McWilliam Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm and Sunday (June/July/August) 1.00 – 5.00pm.