Learn about our Artist of the Month.
September Artist: Irene Mcgrath
Like many artists, Irene Mcgrath has been making her mark since the age that she realized she could and should. She grew up in the village of Rathvilly, County Carlow, Ireland and was fortunate to attend a primary school that did not inhibit her from drawing on every available paper surface. She came of age during an economic recession in which an art career was not considered a viable option, and became part of the Irish diaspora of the late 80’s and early 90’s by emigrating to the U.S.
After choosing to devote her time to raising and providing for her son, she is following her lifelong plan to return to art.
The majority of her work is in oil and is continuously striving whenever possible to learn her craft and evoke her passions. She brings a European sensibility with an appreciation of classical realism,modern, cape school and contemporary art. She is fueled by a deep desire to make beauty out of both obvious and obscure sources to compel the viewer look at life a little differently. Irene wants you to feel the edges of her world.
August Artist: Brava Pottery
Barbara Ravage has been working in clay for 35 years. A native New Yorker, she moved to the Cape in 2000. She is a member of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, where she makes and fires her work in the gas kiln. She works primarily in high-fire stoneware, creating wheel-thrown and slab-built functional pottery for the home.
Brava Pottery is food-safe as well as microwave- and dishwasher-proof. The kitchenware, tableware, vases, and other decorative and functional pieces make ideal house gifts.
July Artist: Econosmith
Econosmith or as they are known individually are Maxine Smith and John Economos, a wife and husband life and photographic team from Orleans, MA. They specialize in unposed portraits and behind the scenes images of musicians.
Their work has appeared worldwide in print, CBS, NBC, Discovery channel, books, documentaries, web and CD covers, including two Grammy winning CDs for Pete Seeger. Their multi award winning images in international and US based competitions are widely held in private collections. The body of their work, totaling over 160,000 images is archived in the UMASS Amherst, Special Collections University Archives (SCUA) in the W.E.B. Dubois library.