bernadette KIELY’S work in this exhibition, The River is a culmination of dedicated focus by Bernadette Kiely on a short stretch of the river Nore at the Quay in Thomastown over a period of four years.
The particular stretch is detailed on the map in the accompanying catalogue by the cartographer and writer Tom Dack and features the area from the Town Pond to the Scairdmeens, taking in Maises, Nugent’s Stream, Tate Strand and Sally Wing.
It is the small ‘non-event’ section of the river described by Dack in his foreword and features paintings and drawings based on changes that take place on a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis on the river and its banks. The exhibition also includes small drawings of cricketers at Mount Juliet Cricket Club beside the river Nore.
Bernadette Kiely grew up in Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary and lives in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. She is a member of Aosdana, the body of artists run by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion honouring artists who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Ireland. She has been exhibiting her work since 1987 in Ireland and internationally and her work is included in many public and private collections in Europe and the USA.