THE INCREASINGLY popular arts venue of the Franciscan church will host the exhibition of a Rwandan artist from this Friday night, writes Anne Sheridan.
The exhibition of over 60 paintings by Jean Ryan Hakizimana will be officially opened by Labour councillor Joe Leddin this Friday, November 8 from 7pm, to highlight the upcoming year of Limerick City of Culture.
The 65 oil and acrylic paintings have been created in the last 18 months since he moved from his popular Thomas Street studio.
The Henry Street exhibition will run until November 16, and the former church will be open from 10am to 6pm daily. Jean will soon move to a new gallery space on Liddy Street, provided by the Creative Limerick project under Limerick City Council, where he will be teaching regular art classes, and free art classes starting from December 1 for tourists to Limerick.
“This is my own personal initiative, from my heart to the public. I have no funds for this personally but as long as they provide their own materials I will be more happy to help them so that in their future they can express themselves professionally through art,” he explained. Jean can be contacted through 0857057765, firstname.lastname@example.org or through this Facebook page M.a. Jean Ryan Hakizimana for those who want to book classes.