Crary Gallery seeking Irish Smith’s artwork

The Crary Art Gallery is looking for artwork by Warren scene painter Shirley “Irish” Smith for inclusion in the Crary’s memorial exhibition “Through Irish Eyes” to run Dec. 6 through Dec. 21.

Most of the works in the “Irish” show are on loan from local collections, and the gallery doesn’t want to overlook paintings that may fill some career gaps, co-vice president Thomas Paquette said.

Collectors of her original works are encouraged to consider lending their Smith paintings for this special show.

Please send a good quality photo of your painting, with canvas size and title if you have, to Alternatively, a committee will be receiving and considering paintings – not prints – to be included in the show, on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the Gallery on Market and Sixth Ave.

The opening reception will be held during the Warren Christmas Walk on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature music by Madrigals.

S. Irish Smith of Russell died Feb. 27, 2011. A resident of Warren County since 1972, Irish was a self taught artist with huge natural talent, according to her obituary. She was best known for her work in oils, but she was also accomplished in acrylics, pastels and several other mediums. She first started painting pictures of barns and took a lot of her inspiration from being around the family farm. She was also interested in gemology and herbology. Irish designed many Christmas cards for the American Cancer Society and was a founding member and board member of the Allegheny Musarium.