Views of Crosshaven – an exhibition by John Jermyn

Acclaimed artist John Jermyn will exhibit a selection of new oil paintings alongside selected work from Tadhg O’Scanaill, Eddie Fitzgibbon and Peter Mahony in Cronin’s Pub and the Mad Fish Restaurant, Crosshaven from November 18th.

JC061015 John Jermyn 3John Jermyn’s work will include a series of paintings “Views of Crosshaven”, portraying the essence of the village in its varying aspects. From his home at the edge of the cliff in Fennell’s Bay, the artist has nurtured a fascination with the landscape – the power, atmosphere, and mood that the seas, waterways and coastlines inspirit and generate. These paintings explore different aspects in contrasting settings varying from tranquil shorelines or a still canal to raging high seas, initially allowing a glimpse of its subject but then encouraging the viewer into something else, something bigger.

’Jermyn’s use of brilliant orange into red, which is common through many of his paintings, provides a strange twist. This use of colour could be described as supernatural but it curiously pulls the observer closer in to the painting and then beyond’ (Irish Times).

Earlier this year, John was selected to take part in Sky Arts Landscape Artist Of The Year 2015, as a wild card entrant, on location at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. The programme was recently televised on Sky Arts Channel.

John Jermyn is also an art tutor offering one to one and group painting sessions.


Tadhg O’Scanaill has been painting land and seascapes in the lower harbour area for many years with particular focus on the Cork and Kerry coasts. He works in both watercolours and oils and enjoys the challenge of catching the atmosphere and energy of the marine environment. During 2015, he has been drawn by the Wild Atlantic Way publicity to explore previously unseen stretches of the west coastal counties from Donegal to Cork. He is currently working on the development of a Wild Atlantic Way Collection.


Peter Mahony is a student of John Jermyn and is now a progressive painter with an individual style.  He paints in the medium of oils.  Also, in addition to his keen interest in painting, Peter is a published poet and has recently completed a MA in American Film & Literature and BA in English and Philosophy from UCC.

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Eddie Fitzgibbon is a photographer concentrating on coastal landscapes and has photographed many areas along the south coast from Kerry to Waterford and his native Cork, with the occasional foray inland. With a passion for the outdoors, he rarely ventures without a camera and this has allowed him to capture many unplanned images which add to his stunning collection.   Find out more on

The exhibition will open on Wednesday 18th November at 8pm in Cronin’s Pub and the Mad Fish Restaurant and continue until Christmas. Alongside original artworks a number of prints will be for sale. The exhibition is open daily.

Cronin’s Pub host regular art exhibitions and other cultural community based events, including the monthly Crosshaven Film Club and bi-weekly Knit and Natter group who meet every other Wednesday.  Throughout the month of December there will be live music each Sunday from 4-6pm with performances from Velvet (Dec 6), Niall Marron Jazz Trio (Dec 13), Danica Holland Trio (Dec 20) and Fiona Kennedy (Dec 27). Cronin’s are widely known for their seafood lunch and dinner offerings and have recently been included in the Michelin Guide to Eating Out in Pubs 2016. Find out more on


Myrtleville, Fennell’s Bay and Crosshaven, brought to life in exhibition of mixed media paintings by Louisa Schewe

Join us for the opening of Louisa Schewe‘s exhibition of paintings and mixed media works in Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven, on Wednesday, 12 July 2015 at 8pm.

The artist’s work is a combination of oil painting and photography, inspired by her local surroundings of Myrtleville, Fennell’s Bay and Crosshaven. Many of the pieces are large scale, up to 1.5 metres in size and capture abstract representations merged with realistic textures and details of the coastal landscape.

“My process of making artwork involves various stages. First inspiration is sourced from the local natural environment by observation and the documentation of the surroundings with photography. Second, collages are prepared of the photographs that develop into abstract representations of the landscape. Lastly, the painting process commences whereby the collages and personal experiences are referred to as sources of information. The completed paintings often fuse realistic and abstract styles to depict landscapes in a vivid sense.“

The exhibition will run until Sunday, August 9th in Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven. The space is open daily to the public. As well as artists’ exhibitions, the busy seaside pub hosts music and outdoor BBQs each Sunday throughout the summer and an exciting seafood focused menu for both lunch and dinner throughout the week.

An exhibition of Cork crafters Carmel Smyth, Roser Perez Barrett, Claire Greene, Veronica Kelleher and Mandy Dale will follow on August 12, and will form part of Cork Craft Month programme.

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“Upstream” exhibition by Angie Shanahan, Susanne Leutenegger and Eileen Healy

Upstream is a collective of three palettes from the Backwater Artists Group which will be exhibiting in the Mad Fish Restaurant and Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven.


The three very different, yet complementary artists in the group showcase are Eileen Healy, Susanne Leutenegger and Angie Shanahan. The exhibition will be opened by Joachim Beug, lecturer in Art History and Katherine Boucher Beug, esteemed artist and art critic on Wednesday November 19th at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.


EileenEileen Healy from Youghal, East Cork is a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design and won student of the year award from the Lavitt Gallery in 1988. After a residency at The Lavit she was a studio member at The Cork Artists Collective where she began running regular life drawing sessions for artists and so began her obsession with drawing from life. She since joined Backwater Studios where she has been a member for over 10 years. A strong believer in the practice of drawing, she believes it’s this practice of working from life that keeps her work fresh and alive. She uses models as her source of inspiration.

Exhibitions include Arnotts National Portrait Award Exhibition, RHA Annual show, UCC, CIT Wandesford Gallery,Crawford Gallery. Residencies include Cill Rialaig, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Burren Art College and Students Arts League New York. Eileen also teaches life drawing Adult Education classes at CIT Crawford College of Art.


SusanneSusanne Leutenegger was born in Switzerland and graduated in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art in Cork in 1987. Her studio has been located at the Backwater since 2004. She also teaches “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” and is a teacher of the Feldenkrais – Awareness through Movement Method and is a founder member of  Arthaven Gallery in Crosshaven. She has widely exhibited in Switzerland, Germany (2013 in Cologne) and in Dublin at the Royal Hibernian Academy and OPW and Cork (UCC, Glucksman, Crawford Gallery, Sirius Centre Cobh, Fenton Gallery, Form Gallery, Lavit Gallery). She describes her work as “invented organic shapes which are highly charged with energy yet quiet and resolved and uses strong and instinctive drawing and bold colour. “


Title.Westacross-the-lower-ground.-acrylic-on-canvas-60x122cms-1Angie Shanahan graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design in the 1980s. She is a member of the Backwater Artists Group and of the VAI. Since then, Angie has held numerous solo shows and has been selected for group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. Most recent shows include Case 13, Lavitt Quay Gallery, Noli Mi Tangere, Wandesford Quay Gallery. Place Space, Wandesford Quay Gallery; Hard Times at Cill Rialaig Project Gallery, Kerry and Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin; the RHA Annual Exhibition 2011 and  Ciall 2011 where she received an award for painting. Her work is featured in a recent Gallery Press publication, Huts and Sheds by Derek Mahon; Representing Art in Ireland, Fenton Gallery publication, and. Art in State Buildings, 1995-2005. OPW cat. Angie also won a commission from the Office of Public Works to paint a portrait of Michael Collins for the Gallery of Taosaigh. This now hangs in Dail Eireann.

“One of my first instincts is to distil the sense and soul of the places that capture my attention, the relationship between the physical reality we see and the invisible conceptual reality harboured in the spirit of the place. The landscapes often contain man made  structures, forgotten, some in semi-dereliction subsumed back into nature temporarily”.


All three are part of the Backwater Artists Group which is located in Wandesford Quay, together with the Cork Printmakers and the Wandesford Quay Gallery. Founded in 1990 to provide studio space for visual artists in Cork city there are 28 studio spaces for varied disciplines such as painting, mixed media and sculpture.


Ceramic and painting exhibition by Stephanie Mendel & Kira O’Brien

Artists Kira O’Brien and Stephanie Mendel are hosting an exhibition at the Mad Fish Restaurant in Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Opening on Wednesday, May 11th at 8pm the show is a mix of ceramics and nature based paintings.

Dublin born Kira, is based in Crosshaven, where she works from her home studio. She studied in Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork currently teaches part time adult education ceramic classes in the Be Creative Centre, Carrigaline. Her pieces are decorated in a sgraffitto, a ceramic drawing technique, where sculptural figures sit on teacups, bowls, jugs or lids. Often the figures are alone, or part of conversation with a group suggesting a story is taking place.  Kira’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including Switzerland and Montana and is held in private collections throughout the world.

Stephanie Mendel paints from a studio in her home in Myrtleville, Co. Cork. A native of New Mexico she is both intrigued and enchanted by nature, colour and texture, for which she finds her outlet in paintings of flowers, trees and other natural objects. Working primarily in acrylics and oils she brings a bright and often starkly contrasting view of her subjects, always rich in colour and deep in perspective and ambiguity. Stephanie’s artwork has been featured in a number of exhibitions and in March 2013 she presented her work, solo at the NSC Campus in Cork.
The exhibition will be open daily and runs from May 11 until June 29


“Shots from a dark light” photographic exhibition at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven

Photographer and marine biologist, Mick Mackey returns to Cronin’s Pub and the Mad Fish Restaurant, Crosshaven this month with his photographic exhibition and study ‘Shots from a Dark Light; 900 Days on Bird Island, South Georgia’.

This striking collection of photographs is his first solo exhibition in over 5 years and was premiered at Cork’s Vision Centre in 2013. The dramatic collection captures not only the harsh Antarctic conditions that constantly confront the animals that inhabit this vast and lonely island but also the vivid beauty of its unspoilt and untouched environment.

Mackey’s 30 month trip to the Antartic was not for the fainthearted. In winter, temperatures drop to -10C, and the small team of biologists are completely isolated from the outside world for long periods. However, this is one of the most biologically dense areas on earth; it is estimated that there is a bird or seal for every 1.5m² of the 400 hectare island.

“The unique opportunity to work closely with such an absorbing and attractive group of animals over such a long period, allowed me to collate one of the most comprehensive photographic collections ever to be made in the polar environment” says Mackey.

The photographs featured in this compelling exhibition include wandering Albatross and their chicks, Antarctic Fur Seals, Macaroni Penguins and many more of the Island’s charismatic and hardy creatures.

‘Shots from a Dark Light; 900 Days on Bird Island, South Georgia’ will open in Cronin’s Pub on Wednesday 19th March at 8pm. All are welcome to attend. The exhibition will be open to the public daily and runs until May 11th.

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Art Exhibition – Jackie O’Driscoll, Triona O’Neill and Noel Armstrong (16 Oct – 24 Nov, 2013)

Come along to the opening of our new art exhibition, this Wednesday, 16 October at 7pm. Combining the talents of three artists, we are pleased to be hosting a new exhibition of work by Triona O’Neill, Jackie O’Driscoll and Noel Armstrong.

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Exhibition of paintings by Dorothee & Constance Roberts (18 Sep – 13 Oct 2013)

We are excited to be hosting a new exhibition by mother and daughter due Dorothee and Constance Roberts in the Mad Fish Restaurant from September 18 – October 13.
Come along to the opening night on Wednesday, 18th September at 7pm to meet the artists and see the work.

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Exhibition of watercolours by Marius Badenhorst – opening May 15th

South African artist and Carrigaline resident Marius Badenhorst is set to exhibit a series of new watercolor paintings and pastel drawings in the Mad Fish restaurant at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven. The exhibition, which will open on Wednesday May 15th and runs until June 30th, is a showcase of his latest series of lighthouses, local scenes and reflections of Cork. Strongly influenced by the sea and his immediate surrounds, the collection depicts his favorite Irish spots including Drakes Pool and the Owenabue river.

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Exhibiton of new paintings by Cora Murphy

Ocean… an exhibition of recent paintings by Cora Murphy. Now showing at Mad Fish Restaurant, Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven.

Cork based artist Cora Murphy is set to exhibit a collection of oils and mixed media paintings at the Mad Fish Restaurant, in Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven from July 4th until September 1st. This body of work entitled ‘Ocean’ is a collection of abstracted landscapes inspired by the sea.

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