FOR the 12th year in a row, Roches Street is to be turned into an open air art gallery, as part of the area’s annual traders festival.
Between Monday, September 8 and Saturday, September 20, a unique art exhibition will take place in the windows of the shops on the street.
Established and up-and-coming artists will place their best works of art on display in shop windows along the popular thoroughfare.
The premise is simple: if you like the look of a painting when window shopping, you can go into the shop and make an offer for it.
If it is accepted, the artists get 75% of the proceeds, while Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Mid-West Spina Bifida share the remainder.
Thanks to the event, over €100,000 has been raised for good causes in Limerick.
Marian Fitzgibbon, of Widdess Fitzgibbon Pharmacy, who chairs the traders association, said: “People feel comfortable buying the art. They know all the guys in all the shops, and our traders know what people expect.”
Tony Cusack, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, said: “Events like these are very important to us, and we greatly appreciate them. Any money we raise go straight to the running costs of the service. We are an extremely busy service in the city when it comes to the river, and it is very demanding on people. So you have to have your services in tip top shape to carry out the duties we carry out.
A range of artists have agreed to donate pieces to the festival, including Tom Greaney, Gavin Hogg, Nora Hurley and Sheila Richardson.
A special feature this year will be the presence of art installations’ at a variety of shops including Lawless Flowers, O’Donnell’s Boutique and Sadlier’s Fish Shop.
The festival kicks off at 6pm in Serendipity on Monday, September 8.
And to round it all off the following Saturday, Roches Street will close to traffic to allow a street party take place with all money raised going to the two charities.
Donations of paintings are still being sought: contact Hugh Lilburn at 086-2601161 for info.