Tuesday, July 29 2014
Comhla is a new group of artisan art and craftspeople who hold a craft fair in the Columba Hall in Port Ellen every Thursday (11 am 4pm). They started at Easter time and will continue until the end of October, with some additional fairs planned for around the Christmas period.
Comhla is Gaelic for 'together' and this title reflects the co-operative nature of the venture and the members' desire to promote highstandard art and crafts and to support the local community. All the craftspeople live on Islay and they offer a wide range of high quality goods. This currently includes paintings, photographs and prints; linocuts and hand-made cards; hand-knitted goods, pyro-craft, hand-made jewellery, candles, wood-turned items and shell-craft.
Jim Lutomski, the resident artist of the group said, ‚ÄúArt is my life now: it's what brings me joy and a living of sorts. Our new co-op gives me the professional support I need. We help each other thrive in a world awash with artificiality.‚ÄĚ Continue reading.....