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 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 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
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 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 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.
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
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 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 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 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 bluewayartstudio.ie for details.