Ard Scoil na nDéise
Convent Road, Dungarvan
County Waterford, Ireland

Tel: (058) 41464

"Reaching our Potential with Respect, Care and Friendship"

Ard Scoil Art Show

Opening Night - October 2011

Art lovers admire the art work of Ard Scoil students.
These works are displayed throughout the school, turning it into a giant art gallery. More...

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Successful Art Exhibition

October 26th saw the opening of an exhibition of art works by past and present pupils of the Ard Scoil. Principal Dorothy Hughes welcomed all the guests who included artists, students, staff, members of the Board of Management, the Mercy sisters and the parents council. She handed over to Mrs. Joan Clancy who, as well as being a member of the Ard Scoil staff, is well renowned in art circles and owns a successful gallery in Ring.

Mrs. Clancy spoke of the wonderful inspiration of Art teacher Mrs. Mary Foley who has guided so many young artists to success in their exams and to the many past pupils now pursuing a career in the Art world.

We are privileged to have paintings by these artists on display. Among the artists featured is  Linda Schliebitz whose solo exhibitions have been acclaimed. Ann Dunphy who followed up an honours degree from the Crawford School of art with an M.A, in Fine Art from the W.W.I.C. in Wales. She   has exhibited widely and her work is to be found in public and private collections. Natalie Conaty graduated with an honours degree in Fashion design and worked in the fashion industry before working with the wardrobe department of the B.B.C. She was an illustrator and costume maker on the very popular series, The Tudors, and was head of costume on many Irish film, theatre and video productions. She now leads a team of 100 as Figure Stylist at Madame Toussaud’s in London.

Joan Clancy’s daughters Blawneen and Rayleen are also acclaimed artists whose exhibitions have enjoyed considerable achievement.  Also based locally is Sandra Norris who graduated with an honours degree from the Crawford School of Art. A recent graduate of W.I.T is Cassie Kirby whose pictures are attracting much admiration. We also saw some work by Colleen Ferncombe who is presently studying at the Limerick School of art and design; Colleen’s sister, Susanne is currently making a name for herself in the high powered world of fashion design.

Mr.s Mary Foley then spoke to the gathering, speaking of her beginnings in the Ard Scoil under the leadership and tutelage of former Art teacher Ms. Gay Morrissey, who began the tradition of exhibiting students work. She thanked Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Clancy, the staff and the Board for their support in organising this exhibition and gave especial thanks to Caretaker Mr. John Morgan who worked tirelessly, hanging 128 paintings of varying shapes and sizes in time for the show.

The exhibition was officially opened by past pupil, Sinead Hehir. Sinead is an honours graduate of the Crawford college of Art where she won the C.I.T. and O.P.W. Purchase Prize awards. She has been a finalist in many prestigious competitions and has had triumphant solo shows. Sinead spoke of her time in the Ard Scoil and commended the encouragement given to all young artists.

Thank you to our wonderful Parents’ Council who once again provided refreshments for the guests. On Thursday and Friday, the school was delighted to host the visit of many school groups as well as members of the general public who came to enjoy the exhibition. After the mid-term break, the library will return to its usual use but paintings and craft work will still be on display in the corridors, stairwells, foyers and Art room for us all to enjoy.
Once again, thanks to all involved in organising the event and, in particular, all the students past and present whose work continues to delight us.




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County Waterford, Ireland
Tel: (058) 41464
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