Evocative exhibition at arts centre in Limerick town

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Evocative exhibition at arts centre in Limerick town

Artist Alison Barry's Faraway Hills and Other Stories exhibition begins at Rathkeale Arts Centre next week

FARAWAY Hills and Other Stories is the evocative title artist Alison Barry has given to her first solo exhibition which will take place in the Rathkeale Arts Centre next week.

But Alison is no stranger to the exhibition trail. As an active member of both Art Limerick and Limerick Art Society, her work regularly features in group exhibitions and markets.

She is, however, very much looking forward to a solo show, which is to be launched by Sheila Deegan, Limerick’s Culture and Arts Officer. “I am really excited about it,” Alison reveals.

Originally from Ballyneety and now firmly settled with her family in Kildimo, Alison is largely self-taught. As a youngster she was, she explains, always drawing but only returned to the sketch book a little over five years ago, after a gap of 16 years. Since then, however, she has expanded her range of mediums. and now works in oils, pastels, watercolours, acrylics and charcoal as well as with her drawing pencil. “I love to experiment with all media,” she says.

And she takes her inspiration from all sides. “It could be a line of a song or of a poem,” she explains. Or it could be a view she sees when driving around. “I take most of my inspiration from the beautiful landscape and nature of Ireland. I’m very much influenced by the ever-changing Irish weather.”

“Having a background in Interior Design has influenced my love of capturing mood and creating atmosphere in a painting,” Alison continues. “My work is emotive, depending on mood.

“Sometimes I drift between what’s real and my imaginary world , so much of my work is illustrative and has a fantasy element to it. I love to play with colour and bringing my imagination to the page.”

Alison’s work can be seen online but better by far to come along to the Rathkeale Arts Centre on Friday, April 26 to experience it in person. All are welcome to the exhibition which kicks off at 7.30pm. The Rathkeale Arts Centre is located above the Rathkeale library on the Ballingarry Road and is accessible by lift as well as by stairs.

The exhibition is being hosted by the Rathkeale Community Arts Group.