Beautiful artwork in St Oliver's exhibition
On Friday night we headed to St. Olivers Day Care Centre at the rear of the Louth County Hospital where the official opening of the annual Seasons and Scenes painting exhibition was taking place. The centre was packed to appreciate the 74 paintings on show from 40 different senior artists.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with teacher Carol Wallace from The Crescent who told me she was extremely happy with the way the exhibition had come together and it was a real credit to all the artists who had participated over the year. She went on to say that the exhibition will run for a week and if anyone who liked any of the paintings they were available in Christmas card form from a number of retailers around town.
I decided to have a look round to see who was there and met up with Yvonne Martin from Laurel Grove who was with her mum Nancy Watters from Oliver Plunkett Park who were both there to support the night and were very impressed with what was on show.
Not too long later I caught up with Sean Donnelly from Bay Estate who was going round selling tickets for the raffle. He was with his mum Majella Donnelly from Bay Estate, his aunty Philomena Martin from Medebawn and he was there to support his granny Philomena Fagan also from Bay Estate who had two pieces on show and he said he thought the exhibition was fabulous.
I then caught up with Pauline Hanks from Blackwater Court who was with her mum Kitty Hanks from Meadow Grove who had three paintings in the exhibition. She was having a laugh with Bessie Connors from Sliabh Foy Park who had two pieces on the walls and Kathleen Wykes from Cederwood Park who also had a brace on show. The ladies told me they thought Carol is a really great teacher and a wonderful person and were looking forward to a lovely night.
After this I headed over to another table where I got talking to Moyra Boyle from Point Road and Loretta Byrne from Hill Street who had a few between them and they were enjoying the company of Moyra's kids Moira Clarke from Bay Estate and George Boyle from Point Road as well as Loretta's daughter Maura who were all thoroughly enjoying the night.
Next I met up with my old mate Arthur McAlevey from Castle Park who had a handful of Christmas cards and told me he was there to see his mum Patricia's 'Angel' painting and commend her and Carol on an excellent night.
Making my way to another table I caught up with John Lambe from Marian Park who had a couple of pieces on show. He was accompanied by his daughter Eithne Lambe from Fr. Murray Park who told me she had been coming to the exhibition for a few years now and was hugely impressed with how well her dad's work was looking as the years went by.
Not too long later I caught up with Frank McCann from Anne Street who had his painting of a baby on show. He was with Joan Reilly from Kilcurry who had no less than four on show! They were having a time of it with Joan's niece Annette Quigley from Mountpleasant who told me that all credit should go both to the artists and to the day care centre for the top quality of the exhibition.
Making my way to another table I got talking to Kathleen Winters from Hughes Park who was another lady who was prolific with her brush strokes and she too had four paintings on show. She was with Teresa Rogers who had one on show and they told me they thought Carol was marvellous for all her work with them.
After this I then got talking to Tom Lamont Snr., Jnr. and Vivienne Lamont all from Blackrock and Mary McKell from Dublin who told me that Tom Snr has two paintings on show and they were all very impressed with his work and the entire exhibition.
I then caught up with Tom Hardy from Gibstown who was with his kids Maria and Rachel as well as wife Theresa and they were there to support the night because Theresa's dad Brendan Matthews has some of his work on show too.
Next I got a word with Eileen and Kevin Hughes from Knockbridge who were with Dympna Mulholland from Knockbridge and they told me that Kevin also had some of his work in the exhibition and they were blown away with the paintings on show.
After this I headed over for a chat with Rosaleen and Charles Byrne from Mullavalley who were with their daughter Jane and granddaughter Jessica who told me that Charles had a pair on show and they were very impressed with the exhibition.
I then had a quick word with Pearse O'Hanrahan who was influential in the exhibition's inception and he told me he has great admiration for Carol and the staff in the day care centre for all their great work and, yet again, an exceptional exhibition.
Making my way through the huge crowds I got a word with Helena Rath, Stacey Friel and Alice McArdle all from Kilsaran who told me that dad Paddy had two on show and they were delighted to be there for the launch. They were with Eilish Grant from Kilsaran and Patricia Kearney from Williamstown who were also enjoying the evening.
Not too long later I got talking to Brian Kirk from Knockbridge who was there with his wife Phil, sister Ann and Joe from Belfry Gardens, son and daughter Phil and Mairead from Knockbridge. Brian told me his dad had two lovely painting hanging on the night and they all wanted to wish his mum Phil a very happy 80th which she will be celebrating later on in the month.
Finally, before I departed I caught up with Billy and Deirdre Lait from Muirhevna who told me that Deirdre used to work in the centre and it was a lovely night going back to see all her old friends and the fantastic work by everyone in the group.