An exhibition of stunning oil paintings by artist Margaret O’Connor from Foreglen, near Dungiven, will be launched to coincide with the Fleadh Cheoil this coming Monday, August 12, at the Shipquay Gallery, 6 Shipquay Street. ‘The Exhibition: A Celebration of Irish Traditional Music’ consists of 31 oil paintings reflecting Ireland’s vibrant trad scene.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’, artist Margaret explained: “I began painting as a hobby around 20 years ago but it wasn’t until I enrolled on an art course at the North West Regional College in Derry that my paintings took on a life of their own. That changed my whole perception of what art was - it can really be anything. It’s actually more about putting your own ideas, enthusiasm and energy into paintings that counts.”
In her day job, Margaret works at Glenshane Care Centre for the learning and physically disabled, often doing art there too. “On my days off, I concentrate on my own work,” she says. Margaret’s exhibition is launched this Monday, August 12, from 7pm-9.30pm and runs at Shipquay Gallery until Saturday, August 17. All welcome. Admission free.