A group exhibition by seven artists based in the west of Ireland will take place in one of the members’ homes near Strokestown from Friday, June 1st. Five of the women involved have recently graduated with honour degrees in Fine Art from Limerick and Galway. The women are united in their desire to show their work to a wider audience. Three of the group, Stephanie Cuddy-Cullen, Gillian Gannon and Kristy Verenga are part of the new Art Lane Studios in Roscommon town and held their first group exhibition last Christmas. American born Kristy was recently awarded the prestigious TRADE travel award and she will travel to India later in the year. Stephanie, meanwhile, established and is running the new Roscommon School of Art in Roscommon town. Painter Gillian Gannon is a well-known face on the arts scene in Roscommon where her exhibitions are always popular. Galway-based Sarah Curran is renowned for her portraits and unique interpretation of the Galway landscape and shows regularly in that county. Mayo-born Teresa O’Gara, a beautiful landscape painter continues her studies in photography in Cork, where she is a vibrant addition to the arts scene. Pauline Phillips, based in Foxford, is a sensual painter and is looking forward to exhibiting in Co. Roscommon. Siobhan Cox Carlos, who is hosting and curating her exhibition in her home ‘Mandala’ outside Strokestown, is known for her vibrant, colourful abstractions on life’s little moments. The exhibition is being officially opened on Friday, June 1st by Hughie Baxter and will be open to the public for viewing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 2nd to 4th June from 11 am to 6 pm and from Tuesday, 5th June to Friday, 8th June, by appointment. To make an appointment, phone Siobhan at (086) 3647367.