Fri 2/28 @ 5-8PM
With a name like “Eileen Dorsey,” what else could local artist Dorsey be but Irish? Dorsey has become well known in the local art community in the last decade as one of the long-time studio residents of 78th Street Studios, where she’s always got her door open on Third Friday and she’s usually painting as she chats with visitors about her distinctive landscapes. The wide circle of friends and admirers she’s made has enabled her to become a fulltime artist.
But before that happened, more than 15 years ago when she was in her early 20s, she worked as a server at on East 4th Street, when it was a still quiet little alley of mostly shabby small businesses, other than Flannery’s and Hilarities, where she worked. Back in the day, Flannery’s was a hangout for people who worked on the street, she relates, saying “It was the neighborhood gathering spot for all of East 4th Street staff. Many family members and friends met there and later on started a family of their own. It was the spot where famous comedians or musicians playing at the House of Blues would come for a drink and feel like they were at home. I have some really fond memories of those times.”
Flannery’s still sits proudly on the corner of East 4th and Prospect across from the Q, now the gateway to a strip packed with diverse eateries. And now it’s hired Dorsey for her current work: she has just completed a mural on one of the pub’s walls. She designed the mural based on her trips to Ireland, creating a lush, bucolic rural Irish landscape. It even features a golf course, since Flannery’s owners are avid golfers.
She’s been painting for the past month, and the mural is now ready for its reveal. Come down and join her and the Flannery’s crew for a happy hour party Fri 2/28 @ 5-8pm.