THE GOURMET Food Parlour restaurants in Swords, Malahide and Ballyboughal are doing their bit to support local artists by displaying and selling their works.The Gourmet Food Parlour owners Lorraine Heskin and Lorraine Byrne are very supportive of local artists and have on display for sale a mixture of oils and acrylic paintings to photography from talented locals in all The Gourmet Food Parlour restaurants from Malahide, Swords and Ballyboughal and in their southside business in Dun Laoghaire. One of the artists being supported by the restaurants is Jacinta Eydan who resides in Malahide and launched her first art exhibition in Malahide Library in January of this year. It was an extraordinary achievement for Jacinta who only started to paint three years ago. The Malahide artist said: 'I loved art in school and decided to do an evening class.I started art classes in The Grange in Ballyboughal and at breaktime we enjoyed a coffee and chat in the Gourmet Food Parlour. 'It was a fantastic experience where we were encouraged to paint however we saw the image - it gives you licence to do what ever you want. Currently I use a mix of acrylic paint and oils but I love experimenting with anything and everything to get the right picture - I love to paint.' Jacinta said: 'I have gone on to complete a Fetac Level 4 in Art in Killester College where I achieved a distinction in both drawing and painting and I am now teaching the art classes in The Grange, Ballyboughal, where I run an evening course on Wednesday and a day Course on Tuesday.' Currently the Malahide artist's work is on display and available to buy in the Gourmet Food Parlours in Malahide and Dub Laoghaire. If you are interested in taking Jacinta's art classes then contact her on 087-7679242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Jacinta concluded: 'I am also offering gift vouchers for the ideal gift idea for a loved one for Christmas. Art classes are a great way to escape the world for a couple of hours and learn a new skill and hobby. Please don't worry if you can't draw a straight line. That's a good thing! Hope to see you there.'