The fourth Culture night at PURPLE RAVEN ART gallery had a huge attendance this year with a bus pulling up at the gate to let people off from Mullingar at the start of the night. Woodcarver Richie Clarke had three magnificent wood sculptures on display and he put the finishing touches on the Salmon of Knowledge while people watched him work…including the resident cat. All three sculptures will be on display at the ploughing championships.  Artist Morgan Gibbs had an audience around him from the second he put up the easel until he left at the end of the night and people were fascinated observing him paint.  ‘The Valley Singers’ (Delvin) gave a great lively performance. They meet every Friday night for rehearsals and new people are very welcome to join.  Amanda Rogers, despite not feeling well, entertained us with a beautiful bellydance.   At July’s Strong Women exhibition the gallery introduced a Trad Music Session to their line-up of events and they ended up being the most talked about feature of the night. They are a group of friends from the Athboy and Clonmellon area, who have been playing together for years.  They were asked back and were joined by a few of the locals and they were brilliant.  They have promised they will return to the gallery anytime.  I would like to thank most sincerely everyone involved in making culture night a success .The support is very much appreciated.  It is lovely to see faces with huge smiles, where people are enjoying themselves and to hear the familiar sound of laughter when friends and neighbours meet. We seem to be left with some LOST PROPERTY items after every event.  The last event a set of false teeth were found on the lawn. This time we have a coat, a car and a blonde toupee!



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