Thursday 20 June 2019

Artists' pride in Arklow

Ferndale painters group launches its latest exhibition 'Arklow: Be Proud' at the local library branch

March Hare by Kay O'Neill
March Hare by Kay O'Neill

A group of budding local artists have put Arklow firmly in the spotlight at their new exhibition 'Arklow: Be Proud'.

The exhibition by Ferndale Painters opened at Arklow Library last week and will remain on show until the end of the month.

The 24 pieces on display highlight some well-known (and not so well-known) landmarks from around the town as well as some of the buildings and places that people would have grown up with over the years.

The ten artists in the group have been working on these latest pieces under the guidance of Emma Arkley for over a year and the result is a colourful showcase of the Arklow streetscape and surroundings.

'It's lovely to see the paintings up there [in the library],' said Kay O'Neill, a member of Ferndale Painters, who added that the reaction so far had been wonderful.

This is the second Ferndale Painters exhibition at the library, with the first being held in July 2017. The group has been painting for over three years now, having stemmed from a class run at the Arklow Further Education Centre. When that course was over, the students decided they wanted to carry on painting and so Ferndale Painters was born.

On behalf of the group, Kay O'Neill extended her thanks to the 'wonderful facility' that is Arklow Library for providing the exhibition space and to the KWETB for its support.

The group would welcome new members joining in September. A book has been left at the exhibition where anyone interested in joining can register their interest.

Wicklow People