Monday, 19th February 2018
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Paintings from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection with artwork by Transition Year students.

Senator Grace O'Sullivan will officially open 'treelines & skylines’ on Thursday 15th February at 7.30pm at Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery. Ray McGrath from the Irish Wildlife Trust will also talk.

The student side of the exhibition was created during a short series of workshops during November and December 2017. Many of the participants from Ard Scoil na Mara, De la Salle College, the Presentation Convent and Waterpark College had not studied art before.

A watercolour painting 'After The Rain' by Waterford artist John O'Regan (pictured), was the inspiration for the workshops.

The exhibition, which continues until March 29th is part of Waterford City & County Council's Secondary School Arts Programme.

Workshop facilitator Christine O’Brien explains - "John's painting helps illustrate concepts like composition, colour, balance and harmony. But we also considered how weeds and grasses growing through and around barbed wire is a powerful metaphor for overcoming adversity, and the resilience of nature."

A number of paintings from the Municipal Collection were referenced during the workshops and are on display as part of the exhibition. These include work by Frank Egginton, Norah McGuinness, Maurice MacGonigal, Cecily Brennan, Martin Quigley, Elizabeth Leonard, James Humber Craig , Joan Chambers, and Nathaniel Hone, the Younger.

The gallery is open to the public between 9am and 5pm, from Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free and schools groups are welcome though booking is essential.

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