AN exhibition of paintings celebrating and marking The Gathering 2013 has opened in Adare Heritage Centre and the adjoining library.
The paintings, which were also auctioned as part of the launch, also helped to raise over €600 for a number of local charities.
But the exhibition also contains winning works from each of Adare’s four national schools. The four are Frank Costello, Scoil Naomh Iósaf, Maggie Sweeney, Shountrade NS, Megan Flood, St Nicholas NS and Rachel Frost, Our Lady’s Abbey.
The four were declared the winners of a competition organised by the Heritage Centre which brought local pupils and local artists together in the lead-up to the summer holidays.
The idea behind the competition was to provide the pupils with the opportunity to work and spend time with accomplished local artists, Heritage Centre manager, Maeve Martin-Kelly explained.
“I would like to sincerely thank Nell Madden, Breege Murray, Meg Morley, Clare Hanratty and Barry O’Riordan for giving their time to this initiative and working with the schools on their ideas and paintings,”she said.
Unveiling the winners, antiques dealer George Stacpoole was upbeat about the results.
“Art is so important and these paintings show great imagination,” he said. “The school principals must be congratulated in getting involved. I really hope that the children will continue to paint after this as who knows what it might lead to.”
“The entries are a collection of really marvellous interpretations of The Gathering. Well done to everyone,” he added.
“It will be a real treat for the people who visit Adare Heritage Centre in October, many of whom are from overseas, to see the many interpretations of The Gathering and such an uplifting burst of colour,” Ms Martin-Kelly added.