Upcoming Art Exhibitions

“Fragile Strength”

Abbeyleix Library  is proud to present the sensational work of artist Monica O’ Meara. Monica had an excellent exhibition last year and once again she has a tremendous display of work. We strongly recommend that you come along and see for yourself.

“Fragile Strength” will run for the month of November.

“I am a local artist working in a variety of media.  Having various artistic hobbies over the years, I returned to full-time education studying Art Craft and Design in Abbeyleix FEC for 2 years.  I am now continuing these studies to degree level in Limerick School of Art and Design. I have exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in several locations. My work is held in private collections in Tipperary, Laois, Dublin and Canada.

My work is inspired primarily by landscape, nature and natural forms.  Where the strength and fragility of nature collide intrigues me.  I like to capture the atmosphere and essence of a place, and to leave scope for the viewer’s interpretation of the location.  The places remain ambiguous; they become “any places”.  Connectivity is a recurring; themes connect and recur within different media, creating a bridge between pieces.  Media and process are varied, instinctive and sensitive to the landscape they portray.  The desire to touch, hold and protect is an encouraged response to this sensitivity within media.”

“In Search of Joy”

All are invited to the official opening of Susan Green’s Art & Photography Exhibition, entitled “In Search of Joy”.

Susan Green studied music at the Royal Academy in London and is now resident musician in Mount Mellary Abbey, Co. Waterford, where she has worked and lived for the last 26 years. Susan has very kindly donated all her paintings and photographs to raise funds for the missionary work in Malawi and in South American.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday the 6th September until Friday the 29th September 2017, with the opening taking place on Thursday the 7th of September from 5 pm-7 pm, with refreshments provided by Nicola Sutton.


Spikey Jar Studio

For the months of July and August the work of a local artist group will be on display.

The exhibition was created by Janet O’Grady, Nora Reilly & Doreen Bourke a group of local artists, who are also members of the Spikey Jar Studio.

They met while studying art in the FEC Abbeyleix and through their passion for creating and developing their artistic skills, they decided to form a studio group.

In total the studio has six members and they have exhibited in various galleries over the last seven years. The work on display is a mixture of Textiles, Oil & Acrylic Paintings, Resin work & Photography.

Included in the exhibition is the Ceramic work of Greg Reilly, whose work was has been influenced by his Ceramic training & study in Japan.

Check out a sample of their excellent work below

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Exhibition Openings

Thursday 7, September 2017

There was a big turnout for the  In Search of Joy” opening, last night in our gallery. Once again there was a lovely spread of food and drink.

We were delighted to have such a fabulous exhibition of work to display and would urge everyone to come and see it for themselves.


Thursday 11, May 2017

The opening of Tunde Nwagwe’s photographic exhibition “Perceptions” on Thursday 11th of May was a great success. There was great wine, food and people to be found on the night.

All of which helped us appreciate Tunde’s excellent work even more.

Below are some of the pictures taken on the night.

Please drop by and have appreciate the great work on display. All the prints on display are available to order at reasonable prices.



The library is inviting submissions from artists, photographers and sculptors who would like to book an exhibition space in the gallery for 2017/18. Please call in to the library to pick up an exhibition application form and chat to our staff about using the gallery.