By clare oconnor

‘Straight Out of Ireland’ exhibit

Tracy Sweeney.

The Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia will host the inaugural “Straight Out of Ireland” exhibit from this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.

Inspired by the contemporary offerings of the Irish arts and crafts industry, the exhibit will welcome 26 artists from Ireland to the United States to join 12 local artists for an international showcase at Sacred Heart Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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There will be a series of public discussions with artists surrounding fashion, art in Ireland today, inspiration and more on from Nov. 16-17. People of all ages enjoying Family Fun Day on Nov. 17, which will feature a puppet show, Irish step dancing clinic, Gaelic football and hurling skills presentation, crafts, and more.

Seamus Byrne.

“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. “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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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.

Mike Brown.

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. For tickets and more information about “Straight Out of Ireland,” visit www.straightoutofireland.com.

Martina Hamilton.

Mags Duffy.

Clare O'Connor.