The Irish Immigration Center of Greater Philadelphia will host the inaugural “Straight Out of Ireland” exhibit from November 15-17, 2019. 

Inspired by the contemporary offerings of the Irish arts and crafts industry, the exhibit will welcome 25 artists from across Ireland to the United States to join 12 local artists for an international showcase at Sacred Heart Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 

“As the Greater Philadelphia area has one of the highest concentrations of Irish Americans in the country, the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia looks for opportunities to bring people together to get a first-hand experience of Ireland’s contemporary culture,” said President of the Board of the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia, Kathleen Kenneally. 

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“We feel it is important to help people look beyond Ireland as the land of shamrocks and Guinness and see it as a globally trendsetting hub for business, art, fashion and more. What better way to showcase modern Ireland’s vibrant soul and highlight its ever-growing relationship with America than by bringing together some of the finest talents from both nations to exhibit their art and crafts at our Straight Out of Ireland exhibit.” 

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Check out our two phenomenal Irish photographers participating in Straight Out of Ireland: 1.Mike Brown is based in West Cork. He has shot press images for both Reuters news agency and Provision photo agency in Cork as well as fine art photography. His work has featured in Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Calendars and websites worldwide and he has won many awards 2.David Lunney is an emerging visual artist based in Dublin. His practice is process-led, in the making of any given work he uses a wide variety of materials and media. He is currently working in Talbot Studios in Dublin. He has a number of solo shows and participated in group shows throughout Ireland and in the USA. #irishart #irishcreatives #irishphotography #irishartphiladelphia #straightoutofireland

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“Straight Out of Ireland” will bring the evolution of traditional Irish art to life by exhibiting a range of aesthetics that highlight the modern style and soul of Ireland including ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, lace, paintings, photography, fashion and more. 

During the event, attendees will also be invited to join a variety of cultural, educational, and family-friendly programming. For example, art lovers can explore the galleries and connect with the artists during a series of public discussions surrounding fashion, art in Ireland today, inspiration and more. 

The event will also feature a Family Day on Sunday, November 17, hosting fun-filled activities for people of all ages including a puppet show, Irish step dancing clinic, Gaelic football, and hurling skills presentation, crafts, and more. The exhibit will premier during a lavish, private soiree on Friday, November 15 with the theme: “Standing Out from the Crowd.” 

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Publiée par Irish Immigration Center of Greater Philadelphia sur Mercredi 13 novembre 2019

Funds from Straight Out of Ireland will benefit the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia, enabling the organization to continue carrying out its mission to support the Irish immigrant community in Philadelphia and strengthen the heritage on a local, national and international level. 

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