In last week's 'MunsterExpress'. the art critic wrote as follows about the work of club members, Margaret Lucas and Seán O'Brien,
which was on exhibition at Tramore Coastguard Station Arts Centre recently, as part of a Bealtaine Festival event by Dolmen Active Retirement Association. His comments were as follows:ARTS & THEATRE COLUMN
Photography At Tramore
As part of the Bealtaine Festival, the Coast Guard Arts Centre, overlooking Tramore bay, hosted an excellent photographic exhibition by members of Dolmen Active Retirement Association. It also included arts and crafts and lots to catch the eye of the visitors.
The camera work of Margaret Lucas caught well the influence of the wind on the sea. Stormy sea at Kilfarrasy,was a wild and wonderful black and white study, as was, Sea Lashed Prom Tramore. Her colour work with,Tramore At Night, was beautiful as were a series of digitised floral images.Footprints in the Sand, had a magical ephemeral quality.
Sean O'Brien, is an award winning photographer and a great enthusiastic activist for retirement arts and activities. His use of digitised colour printing is tasteful and artistic and he not only, has a great eye for the interesting image, but his selection of digitised hues is impressive. A colourful study, Passage East, had a pictorial postcard quality as had the tranquillity of, Eventide on Waterford Estuary.His Great Island studies are excellent, especially, Old Pier at Great Island,and an almost surreal image of Great Island from Cheekpoint, where the tall chimneys take on a magical quality.
Two tidal shots had a vast open space quality, Mudflats at Dungarvan Bay, and After Sundown at Ballydwane Cove.
I loved his Dredger image featuring the Portlairge, now aground at Salt Mills, Co. Wexford. A whitethorn bush is growing on the deck structure and O'Briens use of digitised colour, gives the rusting hulk a mysterious quality.