ART FOR HEART’S SAKE

Like so many children, Rosemarie Ann Devereux fell head over heels in love with art pretty much from the moment she learnt how to feast her eyes.

Her family had art books “all over the house”, whilst any trips abroad meant a visit to each and every art museum in town.

It would be many years later – when her own art-loving children were all grown up and flying solo – that Rosemarie finally indulged in that lifelong passion by heading off to college to study art appreciation. Seven and a half years later, Ms Devereux had gone from a diploma to a masters, and a whole new chapter of her life had suddenly blossomed.

It was a chapter that was helped somewhat by volunteering at the Irish Gallery of Ireland, giving this wide-eyed lover of art a chance to study up close and all alone not only some of the most celebrated paintings ever produced but many works that glittered brightly in their shadows.

“It was like being invited in behind the curtain, to meet The Wizard,” says Rosemarie today, as we settle down to a sunny afternoon coffee break at Enso. “Being alone with a great painting is intoxicating, as though you’re now on a date with this remarkable, endlessly fascinating and revealing person. And that’s the feeling I want to get across in these two three-week courses. That sense of wonder, but also that sense of a deep connection with a painting…”
The course in question is The Visual Story Of Ireland, with the first of the two three-week courses covering the foundations of Irish art, whilst the second will offer a more detailed history. Running at The Whale on Wednesdays in November and December respectively, Rosemarie has already hit the ground running, having run these courses at the National Gallery of Ireland.

“Being able to bring this all home,” she smiles, “and in such an inspiring setting as The Whale, well, it’s brought these classes to a whole new level…”

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