Events » Brigid Arts Festival Art Exhibition last date is Tuesday 13 th from 10 to 1

Brigid Arts Festival Art Exhibition last date is Tuesday 13 th from 10 to 1

February 13, 2024

10:00 am

- 1:00 pm



Event overview

Artists Bios Rebecca Deegan Rebecca Deegan is a visual artist from Laois, working with oil paint & charcoal to create dark, emotive & surreal figurative pieces. Her work explores archetypal imagery & symbolism in folklore & fairytales. She is a resident artist at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise. Lanna Ariel Lanna Ariel was born in 1995 in Brazil, where she worked for many years as a Gallerist Manager and Curator at Caixa Cultural Brasilia. Graduated in Visual Arts at the University of Brasilia – UNB 2018. After that, she moved to Ireland, where she began to devote herself to her art. This change has a great impact on her work. Lanna’s artistic research explores the symbolism behind subjects, objects and figures, as well as its meanings and beliefs in different cultures. Her narratives are carefully gathered merging witchcraft, science, astrology & mythology while also inspired by different eras in art history including symbolism, victorian, surrealism and contemporary. Donna Kearns Donna Kearns is an illustrator and surrealist painter from Errill, Co. Laois, who works in acrylic paint and watercolours. She uses many themes in her work and puts an emphasis on mental health, being inspired from personal experiences, hallucinations, dreams, and nightmares. She likes to use symbolism in her work, and finds great inspirations from different world mythologies, folklore and its many characters and creatures and loves fantasy and character design. She has a love for these because of her childhood listening to her grandfather tell stories about Irish Folklore. She likes to develop her own interpretations of these creatures and characters. Rosemary Noonan Rosemary Noonan, a visual artist in Naas, Co. Kildare, gained prominence for her powerful installation, "Whispers of Resilience," at No.8 Gallery. Commissioned by the Kildare Arts Service and First Fortnight, the exhibition raised awareness of women's mental health, addressing issues like pregnancy loss, trauma, and fertility struggles. Originally known for portraiture, Rosemary's art has evolved into contemporary storytelling, engaging viewers with poignant narratives. Her work not only captivates aesthetically but sparks vital conversations about societal challenges and resilience, demonstrating her commitment to the transformative potential of art. Sheena Meagher Sheena Meagher is a visual artist from Naas, Co. Kildare. Her painting style is meditative and spontaneous. She strives to capture essence, movement and energy through Ink and Brush Painting techniques. Nature and sense of place have always been at the heart of her practice. Solo exhibitions include Athy Community Arts Centre, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare, Hunt Museum Restaurant, Limerick City, Trinity College Dublin, Council Chambers, Kildare County Council Offices, and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Dublin. Cathy Callan Cathy Callan is a visual artist from the countryside, close to Athy town, in Co.Kildare.I work mostly but not exclusively in oil and watercolour, intuitively exploring subjects and themes of interest across the genres of landscape, portrait and still life painting. Believing that art really is for everyone, I share my creativity with local communities, also using my skills to highlight the local environment and endangered species. I am currently working with Athy Irish Traveller Women's Group on a Brigid 1500 project, exploring Brigid the saint and goddess whilst celebrating ordinary and significant women within the Traveller community. Looking at several depictions of St. Brigid, and struck by the kindness of Brigid's portrait in the original work, this large painting is my interpretation of an original stained glass window created by the William Earley studios. Interested in natural symbolism, I include a Peregrine Falcon perched on Brigid's hand, there is a pair of peregrine falcons living in Athy, and a bouquet of lilies represents Co.Kildare. Johanna Lyons Athy based artist Johanna finds healing and therapy through her art. After childhood illness and emotional challenges throughout her life, Johanna uses her art to enlighten and move forward making the audience find positivity on every situation. Johanna works mainly with oils and acrylic but also enjoys drawing and playing music. Gerardine Cooper Sheridan Geraldine uses oil, watercolour, charcoal and multi-mediums. Worked in many areas of art. Animation, book illustration, individual commissions. She has exhibited in Ireland and abroad.Teacher and tutor to private art classes. Lucy Nellie (Teehan) I am currently completing a woodcarving & furniture making course. My inspiration is sparked through connecting with Source Energy, working with my Inner Child & Heart Centered connectectivity .My work Diamond Light Code Transmissions, symbolizes the New waves of energy that stream into Mother Earth this year 2024, higher frequency light codes working in symbiosis with the elements of nature, St Bridget represents the divine feminine, Mother Earth is shifting into her feminine polarity this year 2024, with a ripple energetic effects as the divine feminines across the world rise into their power this year and become one as within, so without Grace Rainsford Ryan Grace is a home educated artist and crafter from the Laois- Kildare border. She likes to explore various media, from digital art to paint and collage and spends a lot of time in nature where she gathers much of her inspiration for her art. Emily Rainsford Emily is a multi-disciplinary, contemporary artist and educator, working from her studio near Athy, Co. Kildare. She works in the mediums of paint, print and sculpture. She is also a mural artist and published book illustrator.A third-generation painter, her work is inspired by the vernacular architecture, flora and landscapes of her surroundings. Emily’s heart is in exploring, as vividly and as creatively as possible, the beauty of where she is. Kate Knowles Kate is based in Wolfhill. As an artist, her work is concerned with the silent women of our past and constructing a narrative or voice which honours their memory. She is training in oral and regional history such that the women of today can be represented creatively but also that their stories have historical importance. Kate paints both en plein air and in studio and the ground she walks is the meditative and creative well from which her concerns for people and place flow. Angelina Foster Angelina Foster is a socially engaged eco-artist from Monasterevin. She founded Blueway Art Studio in Narraghmore, Co Kildare in 2022. Her practice is based on collaboration with communities who reimagine ways to communicate climate and system changes through creativity. The cycle of reciprocity in sustainable art-making is at the core of her work. Angelina regularly works with other artists to fulfil participatory projects who share the values of the UNESCO endorsed Earth Charter and use its principals as a guide. She has a huge interest in heritage and the role art, particularly print, plays in activism and exploration through the centuries. She hosts workshops which celebrate both women in print and the impact of the letterpress on suffragism. Through Blueway Art Studio, she engages in creative and sustainable tourism highlighting the role creativity plays in economic development, rural regeneration. Recipient of grants and awards including from Arts Council Ireland, Creative Ireland, Failte Ireland, Business to Arts. Angelina is a member of numerous art organisations in Ireland and Britain, including Mná na nEalaín and Limerick Printmakers see for details.

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Exhibition opened until 1 pm on Tuesday 13 th Feb

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