“At the Heart – Botanical” Exhibition

“At the Heart – Botanical” Exhibition

The Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co Laois welcomes an exhibition by professional artist Mary Dillon who specialises in botanical artwork.  The exhibition “At the Heart – Botanical” will officially open on Friday 6th July at 4pm.  Local fashion designer Heidi Higgins will officially launch the exhibition. All welcome to attend.

The exhibition will also include work created by participants on a botanical painting course led by artist Mary Dillon at the Arthouse running from 2nd to the 6th July.

In the exhibition, At the Heart – Botanical , Mary Dillon takes up the challenge,  breathing life, movement, heart and soul into her intricate plant portraits. Dillon is a contemporary artist who pushes the boundaries of botanical art in new and exciting ways.

“At the Heart – Botanical” Artist Mary Dillon

Mary is an award winning botanical artist who exhibits her work internationally, most recently in Madrid where her work features on the cover of Tulipa Tulipae, a publication by Real Botanico Jardin, Madrid. Mary recently received the Anne Marie Carney Award and the Jean Emmons People’s Choice award at the ASBA (American Society of Botanical Artists) exhibition in San Francisco. She has been awarded Gold Medals and Best in Show in Botanical and Floral Art at Bloom, Dublin.  Mary has recently joined the teaching team at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art in London. She finds teaching botanical art the perfect opportunity to bring together her three passions of painting, plants and working with people.

Botanical art challenges us to capture in a painting the essence of a plant, it’s beauty, frailty, strength and intimacy and to do so in a truthful way.

The course offers a wonderful opportunity to the 10 artists participating, many who are travelling from different parts of the country and even from the States to take part. We look forward to seeing the inspired work from the course attendees as well as Marys’ own work.

Heidi Higgins will launch “At the Heart – Botanical” Exhibition

Visit the Arthouse to view the wonderful work as it will be here until the 25th July.


Opening times: Tues and Thurs 1pm-5.00pm & 5.30pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-1pm

(Except on Bank Holidays) entry through library to front of the  building,

Wed and Fri 1pm-4pm (entry through the Laois Arthouse) For more details contact T: 057 8664033/13  E: