New art exhibition comes to ‘our place’

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Friday, February 1st, 2013
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An exhibition of locally inspired paintings by artists, Aileen Parker from outside Newry, and North Antrim’s Deborah McConaghie opened on Saturday, 2nd February in “the GAP” gallery at Newry City Library. The exhibition was opened by Newry & Mourne Mayor, Councillor John McArdle. The theme of the collection is “Our Place” – which reflects the local scenes and traditions featured. County Down beauty spots feature strongly, among them Slieve Commedagh, Carlingford Lough and Castlewellan Lake. Most paintings are in oil although there are some ink sketches. Aileen and Deborah met while studying architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast. While both have been painting for a number of years now, this is their first exhibition together. “Our styles are different but we are both inspired every day by the beauty surrounding us.” Deborah McConaghie explained. Aileen is from the Newry area and says she is pleased to be putting her work on display in the town. “It’s great to get the chance to show this work in my home town and the new GAP gallery is a brilliant venue. I am pleased to be sharing the exhibition with Deborah.” Anyone interested in purchasing one of the pieces can contact Aileen and Deborah by email at Alternatively they can be contacted by phone on 079 8418 6954. The exhibition will remain on display until 27th February, and can be viewed during library opening hours.
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