Aileen at Abbeyleix Library - photo credit Alf Harvey

April Exhibition in Abbeyleix Library

I am delighted to be back exhibiting in Abbeyleix Library for the full month of April. I exhibited last June and had a great experience there. I have over 20 new paintings on display in the Library. The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm with late opening Thursday evening until 7.30pm. The Library opens on Saturday from 10am until 2pm. Please contact me at 0872428889 for any enquiries.

I also have a pop-up art gallery shop still running in the Gallic Kitchen, Abbeyleix. I have a selection of paintings on display there and it doubles as a studio where I work also. The opening hours of the Gallic Kitchen are Friday to Sunday 10.30am until 5pm. Thank you.

In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. 10 Years at the Laois Arthouse

In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. 10 Years at the Laois Arthouse

I’m delighted to feature as one of the 64 artists in the book “In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. 10 Years at the Laois Arthouse” published by Laois County Council.  An exhibition was put together to celebrate 10 years at the Laois Arthouse. This wonderful exhibition was put together by Muireann Ni Chonaill and the Laois Arts Team and curated by Monica Flynn.

Rewind the Film
Rewind the Film

My painting, Rewind the Film, depicts an abandoned house with a candle in the window signifying there is life still inside despite the condition of the property.  It is my interpretation of Pat Boran’s specially-commissioned poem The Window Seat.  Through my work with  a local food poverty charity, I became very aware of the levels of extreme poverty in Laois and the country in general.  I read Pat’s poem and it resonated with me because of what I have witnessed since becoming involved with the charity.  Rewind the Film is a song by The Manic Street Preachers and sung by Richard Hawley.  It harks back to a nostalgic time, lost youth, childrens’ memories of a happier, simpler time.  I thought it was a perfect title for the painting.  


Abbeyleix Pop-Up Shop Sale Now On

I have decided to extend my stay in the Art Gallery Shop at the Gallic Kitchen in Bramleys, Abbeyleix, until the 9th of January. Starting tomorrow , Tuesday, at 9.30am, I will have a sale on selected items with up to 20% off In Store. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and met so many really wonderful, supportive people. Thank you to everyone that has come through the door. I particularly enjoyed the Christmas Day messages from people who received one of my paintings as a Christmas gift. It’s very encouraging. Thank you all very much and I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope to see you in person in Abbeyleix.

Aileen Donovan Pop-Up Shop at the Gallic Kitchen, Abbeyleix

Pop-Up Shop at The Gallic Kitchen, Abbeyleix

I have opened the Pop Up Art Gallery Shop from Thursday 18th of November through to Christmas Eve from Thursday to Sunday every week.  Its at the Gallic Kitchen, 10 Main Street, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, R32 D8C0.  If you’re in Abbeyleix and have the urge to view some original art and maybe indulge in some fantastic lunch options please call in.  I hope to be there on both the Thursday and Friday mornings up to lunchtime and lunchtime until early afternoon Saturday and Sunday.  If anyone wants to view the Gallery outside these times please contact me and I’ll make myself available.  This is such a fantastic premises and a lovely town to visit.  Hope to see you in the coming weeks.

Mountain View Markets Kilkenny

Mountain View Markets

I am taking part in Mountain View Markets – The first time a pop-up art gallery has been organised by the market. There are thirty local artists taking part and this unique event is scheduled to take place on the 24th of October, from 11AM to 4PM. There will be complimentary wines and canapés available on the day. Eircode R95 NH31

Aileen Donovan at Grá, Naas

PopUpArt Newbridge – Art Exhibition in Grá Gallery, Naas

August 1 – 31 st August 2021

GRÁ GALLERY – 28 North Main Street, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare W19 DW6E.

I am one of 10 artists currently exhibiting in Gra Gallery for the month of August as part of Pop Up Art Newbridge.  I have 4 paintings Bittersweet Symphony, There is a Light that never goes out, Togher Wood and Melancholy Sky on display.  Please feel free to pop in if you are in the Kildare/Naas area.

Classes at Dunamaise Arts Centre

Seniors and Special Needs Childrens Arts Classes at Dunamaise Arts Centre

I will be running 2 Mixed Media art classes in August.  One class is for Special Needs Children and a parent/guardian and the other is for a group of Senior Citizens.  I propose using various household items such as sponges, Q tips, an ornate table mat, old toothbrushes, modelling paste (not so much household!), plastic knives and acrylic paint.  I will supply a 60 x 60cm canvas and by the time everyone finishes the class the plan is they will have a new canvas fit to display in their home.  It will be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The first class is on the 20th of August from 2 to 4. This is for Special Needs Children accompanied by a parent/guardian age 8 years plus. As a mother of special needs children, I know only too well our special children don’t get asked to much and that’s why I really wanted to do this class.

The second class is on the 21st of August from 11 to 1. This is for older people who have felt lonely and isolated over the past year and 4 months. I just ask that everyone wears old clothes, bring an apron and perhaps plastic gloves because you will get your hands dirty!

Both classes are in Dunamaise Arts Centre subject to Government advice.

Any queries please contact me at 0872428889 or
Booking is essential through Dunamaise Arts Centre (05786 63355).

Book now at

The Laois Arthouse Collective “Collective Thoughts” Exhibition takes place from the 12th of July until the 28th of August. There will be various workshops run in conjunction with the Exhibition both In House and online.



Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre

‘Collective Thoughts’ an Exhibition by Laois Arthouse Collective at Dunamaise Arts Centre

I am a member of the Laois Arthouse Collective.  A group of eleven artists are having an exhibition entitled ‘Collective Thoughts’ in Dunamaise Arts Centre for the month of July and August which is open to the public from July 12th to August 28th.  I have three pieces in this exhibition ‘Siren‘, ‘Bring me to Life‘ and ‘She Sells Sanctuary 2‘ which centre on the Mother Earth/busy Mother figure.  There will be live and online workshops also in conjunction with the exhibition.  See for more information.  With special thanks to @bankofireland and @businesstoarts for supporting this Exhibition, workshops and demos of our Collective Thoughts.

For my pieces I used Mannequins to represent Mother Earth/Mother Figure.

My main piece She Sells Sanctuary represents the Mother figure. I incorporated roots coming from the bellybutton to represent life itself. The roots spread all over the canvas which represents the Mother being pulled in all directions. The Mother suddenly was a teacher, nurse, doctor, chauffeur, therapist, leader. The sun/moon represent night and day, daylight and moonlight because families were at home day and night 24 hours a day. I also made the mannequin appear grubby like to signify the Mother figure not having time or energy for herself.

My pregnant mannequin ‘Bring me to Life‘ represents Mother Nature making a comeback. Our air was less polluted, people were gardening and growing their own food more than ever and investigating what herbs/natural products was good for their own health. Literally, In Bloom.

Siren represents the Earths elements Fire, Air, Water and Earth which are all essential for life.



Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Bring Me to Life
Bring Me to Life
She Sells Sanctuary 2
She Sells Sanctuary 2
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre
Collective Thoughts Exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre

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