Published 29/01/2013 | 10:32

Members of Ballymote Art Group at work: tutor Paul Murray, Catherine Finn, Martin Brophy and Andrew Goodison; below: Catherine Finn puts the finishing touches to her art piece.

IT HAS been said that "art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

It's something the members of Ballymote Art Group can certainly identify with.

They meet for classes with artist Paul Murray, a Dubliner who also teaches in Collooney and Coolaney.

The Ballymote group gather every Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm in the Family Resource Centre.

Group member Cassie Finn said: "There are about six or seven regulars. There are another few who come occasionally. People come and go. People come and try it out." But it's also about more than the art. "It's a great social outlet. We make a cup of tea and it feels like a break."

As to what group members do, Cassie said: "Painting, watercolours, oil colours, acrylics, whatever we want to do."

Group members have also put on exhibitions of their work in the Loftus Hall, including one in conjunction with the local retirement group.

And if the weather improves in the coming months, they may even go outside to do some work.

Cassie herself has been creating art for 20 years.

"I do it off and on, for the fun. I do acrylics and oil. I give them to the family for presents."

And like all artists, she has her own philosophy about her subject.

"It's really interesting when you get used to it. Some people are afraid of it.

"If you can relax at it, you're grand and it will be more enjoyable."

* Anyone wishing to join the group may ring Cassie at 071 91 83541.

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