Prints of original paintings produced by artists who took part in this year's Art in the Open Festival in Wexford, are featured in a 2020 calendar which has been produced to raise money for the counselling service It's Good 2 Talk.
The calendar was officially launched at a reception in the Book Centre, Wexford and is now on sale, with the proceeds going to the community counselling service based in the Old County Hall building in Spawell Road.
Among the artists whose work is featured in the calendar are Michael McGuire, Tony Robinson, Jane Meyler and Bruno Baran whose painting 'Safe Harbour' in Rosslare Harbour was donated for a raffle in aid of Its Good 2 Talk during Art in the Open at the end of August.
Photographer Paddy Donovan also volunteered his time to work with Art in the Open and Its Good 2 Talk on the project.
Madeleine Quirke, chairperson of the counselling service said it was a real pleasure to work with Art in the Open organisers and meet the artists and tutors.
'Everybody involved spoke so fondly of the time they spent in Wexford during the Plein Air Festival and they were only too delighted to support this very worthy cause', she said.
Ms. Quirke said Its Good to To Talk offers affordable professional counselling to those suffering with mild to moderate psychological difficulties and the organisation is only too aware of the wide range of mental health problems that affect members of Wexford's close-knit community.
All-Ireland Wexford hurler Martin Storey, a director of the service said: 'It is so important that we all understand the pressure and stresses that people are dealing with on a day to day basis'.
'Our counsellors do a tremendous job and our doors are open to anybody who needs to talk. Please support his important fundraiser by buying a calendar and helping us reach those in need', he said.
Another IT2T director Liam Spratt has been a volunteer over the years and recently joined the board, bringing an awareness about mental health in education and sporting circles.
'This is an opportunity for you to help make a difference', he said.
Calendars are on sale in Its Good 2 Talk in the Old County Hall, the Book Centre, Clayton Whites Hotel, the Talbot Hotel, Castlebridge Pharmacy, Breda's Corner Shop in Carrig-on-Bannow, Bliss Hair Salon, Wellingtonbridge and other outlets around the county.
Its Good 2 Talk can be contacted on 053 91 26596 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.