Next week will see the launch of an art exhibition in memory of Anna Maud Gallagher, a much-loved local teacher, artist and naturalist who passed away two years ago.
Born into a farming background in Newtownstewart, Anna made her home in Derry and taught for many years at Rosemount Girls and Saint Anne’s Primary School, where she imbued her pupils with a love of both art and nature. Anna started a bird-watching club at the school and enjoyed many trips to Magilligan Field Centre, where she also worked after her retirement from teaching.
‘Anna Maud Gallagher – A Life in Nature’ which features works by Anna will be exhibited at St Columb’s Park House from Sunday 1st May and coincides with the celebration of International Dawn Chorus Day that same day.
Bird lovers in Derry will join people in over eighty countries worldwide to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day in memory of Anna, while the event itself aims to generate support for nature conservation by encouraging people to experience the wonders of their local wildlife first-hand.
Hosted by a representative from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Derry event will take place from 5am in the grounds of St. Columb’s Park while the exhibition will be launched at 2.30pm at St Columb’s Park House. Both events are open to the public and free to attend.