AN exhibition of the recent work of Mary Fahy will be going on display in Scariff Library on December 13 and will remain there until December 29.
Originally from Galway, Ms Fahy has lived in Ennistymon for the last nine years. She graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2001 with a first-class honours degree in fine art painting.
She achieved first-class honours in her H Dip year of 2003, winning both the prestigious Larkin Memorial Award and The Irish Times award in 2003.
Fahy was selected for the Young Contemporaries Exhibition in the Belltable Arts Centre for her degree show and was also the recipient of the Collector General’s Award. She was twice shortlisted for the Markievitcz Medal Painting Award.
Since graduating, she has taught art full-time as head of the Art Department in Scoil Mhuire, where she has worked on many collaborative art projects funded by the Arts Council and Creative Engagement. She has exhibited widely and her most recent show in Camac Arts Centre, France, took place whilst on an artist residency in July.
The exhibition invites the observer to enter into and respond to a variety of scenes. These paintings span a range of media, from oil painting to acrylic, watercolour and mixed media collage.
She explores colour and texture through highly individual responses to her environment. Recurring themes include trees, coastline, reflections, the play of light on land and sea.
There is a sense of recollection, experience and contemplation in her strongly developed pieces.