Riddle me this, Arches from Arches but not on Arches. I spent two weeks two weeks in the Arches Gallery at Rothe house, what did I do all day? I did some drawing. Drawing and painting is relaxing. I was also trying to improve my website – not relaxing. Anyway pm me or email if you are interested in the painting, mounted and ready to frame. Micheal.
Rothe House is a beautifully restored 16th century house in Kilkenny City. It houses a museum and a gift shop, and most recently an art gallery. The gallery is being made available to local artists to exhibit their work. I am currently exhibiting my watercolours there, the exhibition ends 16th September, when I take down my work and make way for Michael Cantwell, who is coming in next. We are all very pleased with this new initiative, as it provides us with a great platform to meet and interact with locals and visitors to Kilkenny who are interested in buying art.
It is a great honour to have been asked to show my watercolour paintings at Rothe House, Kilkenny. The exhibition will run from 1st to the 13th September 2021. This will in fact be my first solo exhibition, and I am very excited about it.
It is four weeks to go to the opening of Arts Week, and we are all excited about exhibiting again after so long in lockdown. If everything goes according to plan, I will be exhibiting my paintings in the Community Hall in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. My exhibition is called ‘Water in Watercolour’, and opens on the 6th August and runs to the 15th. 11am to 6pm each day.
There will be six or seven artists showing their work in the Hall, and many others at various venues in the town. Do come along , it will be a nice day out.
My previous exhibition(2019) was called Irish Coastal Landscapes, and that really describes what I do. I have also some river scenes (the Barrow) this time. I will be hanging about 20 framed paintings, all watercolours, and I will have some unframed paintings with me as well.
It looks like Arts Week 21 will go ahead. Great! I hope to exhibit my paintings as part of the AKA / TCAF initiative in early August. As of yet I don’t have a venue, but watch this space.
I think its fair to say that 2020 was a year of changes, and 2021 will no doubt continue the process of change. As well as the pandemic and all it brought, 2020 saw the death of my mother, my retirement from ‘working’ life and a serious back operation. So, 2021 sees me in a different space, the positive is that I have more time to paint, and more time to work at showing my work.
Who would have guessed we’d have a lockdown like this. Not me! No galleries open, no exhibitions scheduled, nothing! This is time to get real about digital marketing. The only place available to show my work is online. Check out instagram (booley_art) or facebook (booleyart or Micheal O Fearghail) – but this is not enough. I must develop a comprehensive digital marketing strategy. Watch this space.
I am not using this website that much at the moment. I am posting my work each week on facebook (Micheal O Fearghail) and on instagram (booley_art). Consequently I am not selling that much art at the moment, though the summer exhibitions were good for me. I have decided to create a gallery space at home, really to protect my framed work – they’re safer on the wall than lying around in my studio. So this is my HOME GALLERY. If you wish to view my work send me an email, and we can arrange something. My home is near Kilkenny, in Ireland. Eventually I will get this website sorted, and it will be more functional.
Just a note of thanks to Nancy Paton, to Chrissy Shanahan and everyone involved in organising TCAF19. I was great to be involved. Thanks to my co-exhibitors in the Den – Mairead, Janet, Megumi, Fran, Evelyn, Nicola, Chloe and Lee. I hope to be back next year , hopefully with a new range of paintings – working on those right now.
Tomorrow – 9th August – Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
TCAF19 – Thomastown Creative Arts Festival –
Many (wine assisted) openings on the schedule – check TCAF19 on FB.
Try to get to the Scouts Den for 2pm – see my Irish Coastal Landscapes there – and join me in a glass of wine. Lots of other lovely work there also. Do come along.