Gavin with David Agnew

Gavin with David Agnew at the Toradh Gallery


Gavin travelled to Ashbourne in County Meath last Tuesday for the opening of his exhibition in the Toradh Gallery, operated by Meath county council. He delivered the paintings himself in a large car borrowed from one of our neighbours. Transportation of paintings is difficult at the best of times in Ireland and many courier companies refuse to take art at all, for a plethora of insurance reasons. Often the best and most cost efficient way is to do it yourself by hiring or borrowing a large car or van. Fortunately for us, we are surrounded by good neighbours on Main Street with generous hearts and excellent vehicles.

There was a specialist member of staff to meet Gavin in Ashbourne and he hung the show effortlessly in a matter of hours. The exhibition was officially opened on Tuesday evening by Oboist David Agnew and it will continue until Tuesday October 6th. Gavin will return to Meath next month to give a talk to a number of local groups in the gallery before the exhibition closes.


The Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne

Gavin’s exhibition at the Toradh Gallery in Ashbourne



Meanwhile back in the West, I busied myself delivering my work to the library in Clifden. Gavin made all my frames before he left, so all that remained for me to do was to drive them over to the library and display them myself. Bernie and Paul ( library staff ) gave me free reign to do the job, which allowed me the time and space needed to hang each piece carefully. We had an informal opening with friends on Friday evening to coincide with the launch of the Clifden Arts Festival.


Deborah Watkins at Clifden Library

At Clifden Library with some of my paintings behind


With friends at Clifden Library

With friends at Clifden Library


There have been collective sighs of relief at the Lavelle Art Gallery since then. It is a good feeling to finish a body of work and see it presented in a formal atmosphere. We have both sold a number of paintings from each show, which is the icing on the cake. Anything that remains will be brought back to our own gallery for the winter season.




by Deborah Watkins