Brigid Shelly’s Gallery can be found on the sunny side of the Main Street in beautiful award winning Ardmore, just look out for the cow! Brigid is renowned for her cow paintings which she has lovingly been painting for about twenty years. Brigid Shelly is a graduate of St. Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill, Middlesex (Bachelors Degree) and of Trinity College, Dublin (Masters Degree). Having had a career in teaching, she is now a registered working artist fast becoming known as one of the leading agricultural painters in the country.
Her work is included in many private and public collections in Ireland (including Department of Agriculture, Cork Marts, Teagasc, Dairygold, Glanbia), and now all over the world. She featured on RTE’s Ear to the Ground and Nationwide as well in national news articles and interviewed on flagship arts radio programme, Arena and also on Farm Week and this exposure really spread the good news about Brigid’s paintings. She is now concentrating on preserving sights that we are losing in the Irish landscape, particularly the sight of the farmer driving the cows along the boreen, and old farmers at the Mart.
Her long time dream was realised this year when she opened her own gallery in her home village, the beautiful Ardmore. This labour of love saw an old run down house on Main Street converted into a classy gallery (which doubles as a wine bar by night during the summer months). It shows all of Brigid’s art work as well as her cow themed crafts and printed cushion, bags, aprons etc. Not to missed, the gallery is a little breath of fresh air, sunshine and nostalgia even on the dullest days!