Pamela's painting exhibition proves to be a real hoot
LAST week, Ardee library played host to an art exhibition by local artist Pamela H. Hilliard and her students. In all, over seventy pieces of their work were on display and the people of Ardee and surrounding areas came to visit the exhibition in large and steady numbers.
Pamela's paintings fell mostly into two categories, one being a series of miniatures depicting images of local waterways and bog lands. They proved very popular with the public and all were very quickly purchased, leaving the remaining visitors to the exhibition with a 'view only' option.
Her second theme, the barn owl, is one that is very close to her heart and she would describe it as 'the object of her affections'. She displayed eight paintings of the barn owl and says that this is only part of a body of work, not yet complete.
Pamela stresses that although the barn owl is currently very fashionable, her main concern is for the survival of this very beautiful but diminishing species.
On display, she also had a preserved owl called Leo, who sadly died last year. Leo was observed and photographed by Pamela and he became the reference for her owl paintings.
Pamela currently has 15 students attending her classes and their displayed work was very impressive indeed. With no two pieces the same, the variety and quality of their work is exceptional. Pamela made clear her pride and satisfaction at their achievements and says that their eagerness and commitment continues to inspire her.
The visitor's book is testament to the large numbers who attended over the six-day event and their comments were very complimentary. It was also very encouraging to note the significant numbers who expressed an interest in attending her classes.