A LIMERICK artist is literally poised to paint the city in a positive light.
Artist Annemarie Bourke, who is based on O’Connell Street, is currently working on 12 paintings of different Limerick scenes as the date December 12, 2012, approaches.
The acclaimed landscape painter said she wants to showcase Limerick in its best light on this date in a special exhibition in the AIB branch on O’Connell Street. “This date won’t happen again for another 1,000 years and it is an important landmark date. I want to paint a record of the Limerick of our time and show the beauty of Limerick. It’s a very paint-able city; there’s just so much to paint,” she enthused.
“Instead of looking at what we don’t have in Limerick, it would be great if people could stand back and say ‘Look at what we do have’. It’s a magnificent city. I was in St Mary’s Cathedral the other day for the first time and I was blown away by it. It’s an amazing building. We need to appreciate what we have,” said the Killaloe native.
Limerick people are also being encouraged to get involved with the project to accurately capture the best of Limerick on this point in history. “I want to showcase all of Limerick - its history, the culture, the sporting side - from everyone’s point of view. It would be great if people could make suggestions of places to paint, and their own memories and stories of these places which could be included in the book. I really want to get the community involved. It’s an exciting project,” she told the Limerick Leader.
She explained that each of the 12 paintings, measuring 30 by 40 inches, will be accompanied by a special book, as well as limited edition print canvases, measuring 22 by 28 inches. The hand finished canvas prints will be of archival quality and will last 100 years, she added.
She plans to paint the interior of St Mary’s Cathedral, and has already painted scenes near Limerick Boat Club, looking up Wellesley Pier, and a scene near the Locke Bar.
She has been based at her basement studio at 98 on O’Connell Street for four years, where she continues to teach classes and run workshops in watercolour and oil painting, even attracting students from the United States.
The website - www.12-12-12-Limerick.com - is now live.