Briege’s Atlantic memories captured during exhibition

One of the paintings from the exhibition. INPT24-017
One of the paintings from the exhibition. INPT24-017
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Memories of childhood holidays in Donegal have proved the inspiration for an art exhibition by a former Drumcree College pupil.

Briege Conway (35) completed the 15 oil paintings over the past two years, despite being a busy mum to Roisin (7), Shea (5), Matthew (3) and Jack (five months).

‘Atlantic Memories’, which is on display at Ranfurley house, Dungannon from June 2-30, is Briege’s first solo exhibition.

Formerly of Ballyoran Terrace but now living in Dungannon, Briege spent most of her childhood summer holidays in Bundoran and Galway and remembers standing on a beach trying to commit to memory every detail of the scenery.

She said, “I got the idea for the exhibition from looking at old, family photographs. Most of the paintings are based on that time, but there are a few from recent holidays to Achill Island with my own family.

“I always remember standing on the beach as a child and being totally awed by what I saw. You knew you weren’t going to see it again for another year.

“I have good memories of being on holidays. I was one of eight children and everybody made an effort to get on!”

Briege, who was head girl of Drumcree College, has equally fond memories of the school and her art teachers, Mrs Walsh and Miss McGale.

After completing her A-Levels at Drumcree, she went on to study for a degree in Fine and Applied Art in Belfast, and after marrying moved to Dublin for a number of years before moving back to Northern Ireland.

Her mum and dad, Anne and Frank McVeigh, still live in Ballyoran.

Briege’s favourite medium is oils but her work encompasses the full range. She also takes commissions, including pencil drawings of babies, which are every popular for christenings.

For more information on Briege’s work email Briege on briegeconway@gmail.com.