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Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Bernadette .

Brian Palm is a Dublin based artist who makes work using a distinctive mix of collage, photography and paint. I am one of a group of artists who have collaborated with Brian, using his technique and expertise, to produce work for an exhibition. “Propagated Palms” is now on in The Ireland Institute, 27, Pearse Street, Dublin 2, running until Dec 31. My piece was made using photographs taken by Brian and an old family photo of the bus to Swords. My family ran a heavy haulage/ bus company called Garryowen Transport, until the 1960s. Santry-Cloughran-Swords was one of the routes.Due to Covid-19 restrictions viewing is by appointment, contact Brian Palm on 087 6473913.

The Winter Group Exhibition is now open at Solomon Fine Art, Balfe Street,Dublin 2 and will continue until December 23rd. I have some new screen prints in the show including Liffey Lighthouse.There are works by over fifty artists on display, including paintings , sculptures , prints and drawings.

The 191st Royal Hibernian Academy annual exhibition will open this year on 27th August, government restrictions permitting. The RHA is an artist lead institution whose regular exhibition shows paintings, sculpture and work in a variety of other media. Most of the work is by academy members, plus some chosen by open submission. My screen print “Courtyard” has been chosen for the exhibition.

Solomon Fine Art in Dublin, have added three more of my prints to their on-line gallery, including Clear Day 12.01 which is a unique, hand finished screenprint on Artistico paper.

“Heritage-Oidhreacht” is a print exhibition organised by The Leinster Printmaking Studio and curated by artist Alice Hanratty. It is now open in the Kilcock Art Gallery in Co. Kildare and continues until July 17th. There are 32 printmakers represented in the exhibition, all the prints are the same size, 35 X 50 cm and the same price, €250 unframed.I have two screen prints on display, “Dresser” and “Phone Box”.

I have been shortlisted, with nine other printmakers, for the 7th Annual ‘On Paper’ International Printmaking Award 2021. The print I submitted is Another Blue Day XXXX. ‘On Paper’ is a project, based in Barcelona, Spain,to promote printmaking and develop connections between printmakers throughout the world. All the submissions are displayed on the organisation’s website ,the shortlisted artists’ prints will be exhibited in Tinta Invisable, in Barcelona in July.

With galleries and studios all over the world closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, artists are finding other ways to show their work. Grafein , in The Netherlands, organised an International Print Mail Art Project, in which participants were asked to send their art by post in the form of a postcard (without envelope). An exhibition of all the work received is planned for the future , when galleries are open again. Meanwhile the work is put up on their website as soon as it arrives. This is the piece I sent.

WOMANKIND is an advertising-free magazine, published in Tasmania Australia, it is available worldwide in print form and digitally on subscription. It offers a “signature mix of reporting and commentary on culture, creativity, philosophy, nature, and ways to live a more fulfilling life”. WOMANKIND runs regular competitions throughout the year and in the current issue, Feb-Apr 2021, my batik Late Afternoon Gortin Woods is a finalist in the Art and Illustration Award II.

Two of my prints, Another Blue Day XX and Window Box, are included in Solomon Fine Art’s Spring Group Show. The gallery also has a good selection of work by all the artists who exhibit with them, including this screen print of a Galway Hooker entitled Plain Sailing.