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Exhibition will include documentary film: Become Invisible

Director: Edward Costello.


Told through the unique voices of Ger Reidy ( poet, writer) and Veronica Bolay. (painter)   'Become Invisible'   explores the seductive and dramatic nature of Mayo when rural isolation and artistic pressure collide.



Veroncia Bolay  was born in Hamburg, Germany. She moved to Dublin,Ireland in 1971.  Regular visits  to Mayo and stays on Clare Island  since 1974. Lives near Westport since 1996.   Between 1974 and 2013  more than 20 Solo-Shows  in Ireland.  including 1997 Linenhall Arts Centre ,Castlebar,   2006  Hallward Gallery, Dublin,    2009   Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin   and  2013          Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.


She has received several awards, including:    Sean Keating Medal and ESB Award,  /   James Adams Salesroom /    Louis Walsh Award, Arts Office , Co. Mayo,  2012:  invited for a residency at the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris.


Member of Aosdana,  Royal Hibernian Academy, Member of the Board of Directors  of the Linenhall Arts Centre.


Aidan Dunne,Art Critic of the Irish Times wrote in 2004:  Sensitively felt are several very good paintings by Veronica  Bolay . ,particularly 'Snow Field' in which diminutive clusters of coloured forms skirt the edges of a snow-covered field. But this  central expanse of nothing, essentially an empty space, is delicately worked so that it becomes infused with potential, full of possibility, and the whole composition is like an allegory of painting: the process of making and covering a surface behind which there is always a sustaining ,underlying reality.


It's not so much a question  of making a representation of something as making an imaginative space nurtured by the artist's engagement with the real, by her own experience of things. All this is beautifully expressed Bolay‚Äôs  paintings.