Artist’s love for Limerick reflected in exhibition

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

THE University of Limerick has become the main beneficiary of a Limerick artist’s love for her city.

THE University of Limerick has become the main beneficiary of a Limerick artist’s love for her city.

Artist Annemarie Bourke has found a unique way to celebrate the 1200 year anniversary of Limerick city this year while also marking the unique date of 12/12/12 this week.

Annemarie, an acclaimed landscape artist, has painted 12 iconic scenes of Limerick city, showcasing the best of the city and is donating the original paintings to UL. The paintings will be hung in the 18th century Plassey House on the UL campus, which itself is depicted as one of the 12 scenes of Limerick.

Dr Edward Walsh, UL’s founding president officially launched the collection entitled A Positive View at UL on the auspicious date of 12/12/12.

The scenes include iconic Limerick buildings including St Mary’s Cathedral, Sarsfield Bridge and King John’s Castle as well as the Milk Market, Thomond Rugby Ground and the White House bar.

“Annemarie Bourke’s twelve paintings capture the essence of Limerick city from the people who live, work and enjoy life here, to the landscape that frames their experiences,” said Dr Walsh. “These are powerful images of a place with a rich story to tell, and the University is honoured to receive and display these paintings so that they may be appreciated by those who visit, work, and study here.”

Annemarie said people have wanted to buy individual works when they visited her gallery, but she said “I suddenly realised that there is no price on these paintings and that this collection should belong to Limerick and the people of Limerick.”

Calendars including all of the 12 scenes are available to buy from her studio gallery on O’Connell Street.