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HALLELUJAH

HALLELUJAH

There are places we visit whose memory will stay with us forever. Places of particular beauty where something unexpected may happen catching us unaware and filling us with rapture. Such a place is Trani’s cathedral in Italy. Our group had travelled to Trani from Ireland…

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Yoga At The Gallery

Yoga At The Gallery

In this page Art to Heart’s followers write about their creative work and experiences. I have been practising yoga, meditation and mindfulness for a number of years, and in 2017 having trained as a yoga teacher I began to think of ways to help others…

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Walking The Talk

Walking The Talk

I never tire of telling people who attend Art to Heart’s workshops and courses how important it is to make time to explore and experiment, to observe and listen, to play with a wide range of material and to work across art forms, to avoid…

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Getting Back to Ones Roots

Getting Back to Ones Roots

A recent visit to an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London has sparked some serious reflections by me on the arts and crafts subject. Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) was a textile designer, weaver, writer, printmaker, teacher and a leading pioneers of twentieth-century modernism….

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Sketching from the Back of a Motorbike

Sketching from the Back of a Motorbike

I have a fondness for travel sketchbooks which I always carry with me wherever I go. I maintain that taking the time to do a quick drawing while sightseeing is way better that taking a snapshot with the camera (which by the way, I also…

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A women–friendly city

Walking through the streets of Ravenna during our art week last April we noticed a particular type of tile hanging beside doorways and shop fronts. They all had the same format: a ceramic frame enclosing a flower made with mosaic with the writing “Ravenna, Cittá…

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The Art of a Good Saturday

The Art of a Good Saturday

‘Time is a jet plane. It moves too fast…’ Bob Dylan is singing on the radio as I drive in my car. ‘It certainly does!’ I silently remark to myself while I try to remember how long I’ve been making this journey from Dublin to…

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The Idea of Iceland

The Idea of Iceland

I have a love for islands and even stronger love for volcanoes. I don’t know where this fascination comes from but it’s there and therefore it must be dealt with. So when two years ago fellow artist Barbara O’Meara asked if I would join her…

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  • Artwork by Jole Bortoli

    Artwork by Jole Bortoli

  • Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

    Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

Ratljóst – Enough light to navigate by

Ratljóst is an exhibition of work by artists Barbara O’Meara and Jole Bortoli produced last November during a month-long residency in Laugarvatn, a village some 70km from Reykjavik, Iceland. The show marks the collaboration between two artists who, over four weeks time, with just enough…

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SUMMER REFLECTIONS

SUMMER REFLECTIONS

Summer is over and what a busy summer it was! The projects I have been involved in, the places I visited and the people I met seem now very distant but the experiences are still very fresh. One particular project – Artist in Action –…

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