Golf can be a hobby, a great passion or both.

Scheduled for the Memorial Tournament which begins on May 31 in Dublin, the Dublin Arts Council Gallery focuses on this passion and quest with ‘Aida Garrity: Dublin Golfscapes’. The exhibit includes 16 oil-on-canvas paintings of golfers in action, the Muirfield Village Country Club, various holes on the course, and close-up views of golfing equipment such as clubs, balls, tees, and golf carts. hats.

Fifteen years ago, Garrity, of Venezuelan origin, a metallurgical engineer who lived for several years in Dublin, returned to her passion: painting.

“I told my husband that I wanted to do what was close to my heart, which was to paint,” Garrity said.

“Muirfield Country Club No. 18 holes”

She did not give up her engineering career but simultaneously attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, earning her MFA in 2010.

These days, 63-year-old Garrity works with both pipelines and natural gas as an engineer for the Mears Group and she paints: landscapes, portraits, plein air work and, recently , golf pictures.

Two paintings in the exhibit feature views of “Muirfield Country Club No. 18 Hole” at different times of the day. “Practice Time” shows a trio of golfers hard at work while the “Sand Trap” player is about to get out of a pickle.

"Coaching"

One of the best images in the exhibition was created not with oil paint but with charcoal. “The Pro and his Caddie” shows two characters walking away from the viewer. Garrity’s works demonstrate a skill in drawing both landscapes and the human figure.

The artist started painting at the age of 5, when her mother took her to children’s art classes at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas. But rather than making art her profession, she studied at Imperial College London, then embarked on a career as an engineer.

She and her husband, Kevin Garrity, have lived in various places, including 18 years in Dublin, brought there by her husband’s technical consultancy firm. Recently they moved to Sarasota, Florida.

"The Club House"

“But since I live in Dublin and it’s such a golfing community, I thought why not just paint what so many people are doing in this community? It took me two years to put all these paintings together.

And does she play golf herself?

“Yeah, I do,” Garrity said. “Before, I was very good, then I started to focus a little more on the art.”

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In one look

‘Aida Garrity: Dublin Golfscapes’ continues until June 7 at the Dublin Arts Council Gallery, 7125 Riverside Dr., Dublin. Appointments are available 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. To reserve, call 614-889-7444. The exhibition is also visible online at www.dublinarts.org.

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