Almost 40 years after he first discovered his talent for painting, local artist Don Walker will hold his first solo exhibition in Waterford Central Library next month.
Born in Waterford in 1940, Don, at the age of 15 joined Waterford Crystal as an apprentice glass cutter and graduated to Work Study Officer within the organisation.
In 1975, he enrolled in art classes in the then Waterford Technical Institute (now WCFE) on Parnell Street and it was there that his love of and flair for painting with oil was realised. That year he sold his first landscape painting and it featured at the Municipal Gallery Exhibition. Having sold over 80 oil paintings to collectors in Waterford and the Southeast, Don will undertake his first solo exhibition on September 4th.
The exhibition will feature a selection of local scenes that are sure to invoke a real sense of connection and familiarity. Many of Don’s paintings feature local landmarks, such as Geoff’s, Meagher’s Quay, John Robert’s Square, hotels, hostelries, and popular local meeting points.
Cllr. Joe Kelly was delighted to assist his long-time friend with putting together the exhibition. “Don has a wonderful talent, and he so accurately captures the everyday of Waterford. Whether it’s popping into Penneys for a few bits or enjoying a large bottle in Walsh’s on George’s Street, these are the places that all of us in Waterford know and love.
“I’m delighted that the public will have the opportunity to view Don’s work and I’d like to thank the staff of Waterford Libraries for facilitating and supporting this event.”
Members of the public are invited to come along to the opening of Don’s exhibition at Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane on Monday, September 4th at 4pm. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibition will run from September 4th to September 16th.