Local Blanch artist graces the walls of Connelly hospital

by Sylvia Pownall
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Works by a Blanchardstown artist renowned for her landscapes will grace the walls of Connelly Hospital for an exhibition which opens next Tuesday October 30.

The Connelly Collective is hosting the event and has invited Joanne to display 16 of her paintings at the new gallery space on level 3 of the main hospital as an expansion of its Sli na Slainte project.

Mette Sofie Walsh, one of the organisers, revealed: “Having grown up in Blanchardstown means that she has spent many hours in Connolly hospital for various reasons and is delighted to have this opportunity to exhibit here and contribute to arts and health in the hospital.

“Joanne is exploring the coastline and canals of North County Dublin and further afield, where she paints ‘en plein air’ a French expression meaning ‘open air.”

Joanne also draws her inspiration from the human form and facilitates a weekly life-drawing session in Malahide. In addition she attends life-drawing sessions in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in Dublin.

In 2017 Joanne was the runner up in RTE’s Painting the Nation in which seven contestants painted their way around Ireland.

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