MANY of the 25 senior citizens who had their paintings displayed in Doon on Monday had never picked up a brush in their lives.
The project run by Ballyhoura and Limerick County Council Arts Office facilitated art classes for ladies and gentlemen since the start of the year.
On Mondays and Thursdays, well know artist Gerry Carew visited Cappamore Day-Care Centre and gave her expertise.
“You’re never too old to learn something new,” smiled Sister Mercy, manager of the day-care centre.
Men and women from all over East Limerick travel to Cappamore to avail of the centre’s services and meet their friends.
Groups from Cappamore, Doon and Murroe-Boher took part in the art classes.
Sr Mercy said at the start some of the people were reticent to take part.
“When they began first they would say ‘I never had a brush in my hand in my life’ and ‘I wouldn’t be able’. Then towards the end they were standing back admiring their own work and were proud of their achievement.
“It showed the hidden talents they have. It was lovely to see the delight in people’s faces when they have created something of beauty,” said Sr Mercy.
Everyone who took part was between 75 and 85 and Gerry Carew brought out the hidden talents they didn’t know they had.
“She is very gentle and calm and brought the best out of people. It gave you the impression what you did was good even if you might not have though very much of it. She would see creativity in it and art in it,” said Sr Mercy.
There were paintings of flowers, fruit, buildings and nature scenes by individuals, and groups of 10 worked together on two paintings of a cherry tree and forget me nots.
“It showed you achieve more by working together than by working alone. The ones we worked on together are absolutely magnificent,” she said.
All the works were framed by Ballyhoura and Limerick County Council Arts Office and exhibited in the pastoral centre in Doon on Monday afternoon. This is the second year their work has been displayed in an exhibition.
“They are beautifully displayed by Gerry Carew. The display added to their beauty and their creativity,” said Sr Mercy.
Peter Walls performed for the men and women in the pastoral centre and then they retired to Moore’s Pub for lunch and more singing from Peter.
The pastoral centre will be open before and after Mass this weekend so members of the public can see the exhibition.
Bealtaine festival is all about celebrating creativity in older age and those who attend Cappamore Day-Care Centre are a perfect example.