Annabel and Klaus

Annabel Langrish studied painting at Cheltenham, Wolverhampton and Sligo. After raising a family and establishing a smallholding in Leitrim, she returned to painting and in 1993 she won the Iontas National Painting Award which led to a series of well-received exhibitions.

Her upbringing in Barbados gave her an experience of colour and pattern that influences her lively, varied and highly creative work. The move to West Cork in 2005, with husband Klaus, brought her back to the sea and mountains which have inspired another phase in her artistic life.

Her work ranges from sensitive watercolours, oils and drawings of landscape, boats, animals and the human figure to vibrant painted ceramics, raku, and sculpture. Always a beachcomber, she constructs mirrors, pictures and fleets of boats using driftwood and found objects.

 

An accomplished musician, Klaus Vormehr trained with Brazilian Master Dudu Tucci and established the community Samba band 'Samboeire' in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.

A natural teacher, his enthusiasm for music is infectious and his workshops are in demand in schools, festivals and events all over Ireland.

Klaus specialises in a wide range of modern and traditional percussion instruments. From the music of the Americas and Africa he uses an eclectic fusion of rhythms that move the heart and soul. His workshops include body percussion, African hand drumming and authentic Samba tunes.

Since moving to West Cork, Klaus has been busy cultivating a Cork accent and leading a local Samba group 'Sambakista', as well as helping Annabel to develop the gallery, shop and weekend workshops.