Having been denied the pleasure of painting together since the start of the pandemic, the Indigo artists group were delighted to get a good day for their annual Plein Air day together last week.
It is the one day when all the members get to gather and work on a piece in the great outdoors, and the weather was especially kind on their trip to Donore.
'Thank goodness the weather was great, and we all observed the social distancing, sitting at least six feet apart, and every item of equipment was sanitized for the members,' says Anne Matthews, who is chairperson of the group.
'People hadn't met since February, so everyone was so happy to see each other in person, and catch up on all the chat.'
The group started back in 2003, when five friends gathered over a cup of coffee and decided to start their own gallery.
17 years later, and they now have around 16 members who meet every Monday in Julianstown and display their work in their gallery in the Laurence Town Centre.
'We usually stop meeting between June and September, and always have a Plein Air day but it was extra special this year,' adds Anne, who co-founded the collective with Emer O'Reilly.
'The paintings didn't get finished in one day, but we did have a lovely break for lunch, and everyone took their work home to complete later.'
There was also some good news for the members recently, when their gallery space was allowed to re-open.
We were closed for a while due to COVID-19 restrictions but now the gallery is open to the public again on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm,' she explains.
'We have a huge variety of paintings from our members to suit all tastes and budgets, and produce a calendar each year, with a submission from each member.'
You can find out more about the Indigo artists and their gallery on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IndigoArtistsGallery.