THE group of artists collectively known as the Askeaton Community Arts Group have made their mark by opening their first exhibition in the town.
Previously, the group has exhibited in Rathkeale, Foynes and Newcastle West but this is a first in their home-base.
“That makes it extra special for us,” says Anita Guinane, who is chairperson of the group and who is curating the show.
The 11 artists whose work is included in the exhibition have chosen the title “Mo Eas Geitine” or My Askeaton.
But, as Anita explains, this is a very broad umbrella title and incorporates individual reactions and perceptions and of course, the artist’s own eye.
The group is an amalgamation of two separate groups which came together a little over four years ago. And a commitment to undergoing a full FETAC art course has bonded them together over that time.
The course comes under the auspices of Co Limerick VEC and uniquely, it is delivered outside a VEC premises and within the home community.
“We now have five modules completed,” Anita explains. And there are just three to go.
“I am very proud of what the group has achieved,” she goes on. “It has been very intense and has involved a lot of hard work and a lot challenges. But people have risen to that challenge.”
The upcoming exhibition will give a flavour of the many art disciplines which the group members have embraced. “There is sculpture, weaving, decoupage and papier mache as well as painting,” Anita continues.
The Mo Eas Geitine exhibition has been put together in conjunction with the Askeaton Civic Trust. “We wanted to acknowledge where all this work comes from,” Anita adds, pointing out that most of the work has been done especially for the exhibition. “This exhibition is for the people of Askeaton,” she says firmly.
Chairman of the Askeaton Civic Trust, Cllr Kevin Sheahan opened the exhibition in the Civic Trust building in East Square with Eimear Brophy Co Limerick VEC also in attendance.
The exhibition is free and open to the public and will run until the end of the month from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.