Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 144 – Gerald Butler, Irish lighthouse keeper part 3 of 3; artist Debbie Mueller

Debbie Mueller is an award-winning oil painter whose light-filled, bold, and contemporary paintings have rapidly gained prominence in the community of New England artists since she began to paint in 2016. Debbie’s work is available through the Mast Cove Gallery in Kennebunkport, Maine; Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Debbie Mueller’s painting of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Maine will be part of her solo show, “Beacon,” at the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.
Debbie Mueller

Debbie’s solo show “Beacon” at the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will feature original oil paintings of more than 20 different New England lighthouses.  Twenty percent of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the American Lighthouse Foundation, an organization that works to preserve 16 lighthouses in New England. The show will be at the gallery November 5 to November 30.

Also in this episode is part 3 of a three-part interview with Irish lighthouse keeper Gerald Butler. His career at lighthouses spanned from 1969 to 1990 and it included stays at some of Ireland’s most iconic lighthouses — Bull Rock and Fastnet Rock among them. Gerald was co-author, with Patricia Ahern, of the book The Lightkeeper: A Memoir, which was published in 2012. Today Gerald is the Attendant Keeper at Galley Head lighthouse, and he frequently lectures on Irish lighthouses.

Galley Head Lighthouse, photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.
Bull Rock Lighthouse (Commissioners of Irish Lights)

In part three of the interview Gerald talks about the lighthouses where he worked in the last part of his career, about a commemoration of the Fastnet disaster that was discussed in part two of the interview, and about his post-lighthouse-keeping career.

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