A "wee" place to share Irish art...and travel!
The Spotted Dog Gallery was the smallest gallery on Newport's bay front, with just 15 feet of wall space nestled into a cozy corner of Bridie's Irish Faire. In 2009, the "wee" gallery featured the art of Irish artist, Aislinn Adams, Irish-American artist, Laura Aldridge and English artist, Brian Spencer.
The gallery's unusual name was a nod to a particularly special Irish woman, my grandmother, Annie Meighan. She always prepared a special cake-like soda bread called Spotted Dog, adding raisins and caraway seeds to the regular recipe. Prior to her emigration to America as a young woman, she worked in a Belfast linen factory, which was not an easy life, so I've always admired her strength. Cultural events held at Bridie's have always been referred to as "Spotted Dog Evenings", so when it came time to name the gallery, a new permanent home for Irish culture, Spotted Dog just seemed like the logical choice for the gallery too.
The Spotted Dog Gallery opened Saturday, March 21st with "The Whispering Arch" the exhibit of art by Aislinn Adams (pronounced Ash-ling), followed by "On Sacred Ground" by Laura Aldridge and Safe Harbors, maritime art by Brian Spencer.
In January of 2010, I chose to devote more space in the shop to the promotion of Bridie's luxury coach tours of Ireland and the wee space to share art became the showcase for "In Search of the Craic" tours!