Mary McSweeney was born in Killarney, Ireland and is a graduate of the Cork School of Art in Fine Arts & Graphics. She also studied in London before returning to Tralee, Ireland in 1979 to begin her professional career as an artist. Mary has exhibited at the Siamsa Tire Gallery in Tralee, the Irish American Heritage Gallery in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the Irish American Heritage Museum Gallery in NY, the Paul VI Institute for the Arts in DC, the Chicago Dramatists Workshop Gallery, the Garden State Art Center in NJ, the Aisling Gallery in Hingham, MA, the Spring & Bull Gallery in Newport, RI, the Guyer Barn Gallery in Hyannis, and many others.
Her portrayal of the Irish people at work and at play evokes the same memorable nostalgia that made Norman Rockwell's heartwarming scenes of life in America so popular. Mary does for the Irish what Norman Rockwell did for 1950's America.
Mary's work is highly sought after by Irish and Irish-American companies. Her paintings are acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic as being authentically "Irish to the core". Her many successful exhibitions, patrons and commissions bear testimony to her carefully honed talents and deep affection for her native country and all it represents.
Mary travels to Ireland to sketch and paint and her work is still in high demand there. Her patrons at the Lewis Gallery in Killarney, Ireland eagerly wait for her new works to add to their prestigious and valuable collections.
She lives on Cape Cod now, with her husband Michael and their sons, Kerry and Daniel. You can visit Mary at her studio and gallery on Route 6A in Cummaquid and personally view her artwork, or you can also visit her (off season) travel exhibits.
She will be with us at the Hibernian Cultural Centre Hall this Sunday to display and sell her beautiful works which would be wonderful holiday gifts for family and yourself.
You can then stay for our Seisiun from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
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