Shauna Ward, Nicola Bowes, Fiona Moore and Natasha O'Brien at the Strive 4 Life' exhibition in Ballinasloe.

Local art collective launches new exhibition

Climate change, biodiversity, heritage, Celtic folklore and trees are just some of the inspirations behind 'Strive 4 Life', the third exhibition mounted by The Celtic Eye Art Group in collaboration with the Karst Farming Group of South Roscommon.

The showcase in Ballinasloe Library Gallery was officially opened by author Padraig Lyons on Saturday, September 17 last, alongside guest artists from around the country, The Irish Wheelchair Society and St Hilda's, both of whom have collaborated with the prolific collective.

Liam Kildea and Louise Whelan treated the large crowd to a beautiful dance for the occasion, while artist and singer/songwriter Ged McMahon performed a song based on Celtic legends written by Nicola Bowes, who is originally from Bealnamulla.

In addition, the group was delighted to have Pat Noone, Paula Sharkey and Sandy Hughes addressing the crowd on folklore, nature and the wonderful art work by The Irish Wheelchair Society and St Hilda's.

A tree collage was also launched by the group at the official opening, work that has taken place over the last year where members have been encouraging people to plant and preserve trees and flowers in various communities to combat climate change.

They asked the public to take photos to document their efforts and send them in, the first to do so was Minister for Biodiversity Pippa Hackett who planted a tree. The initiative concluded in a tree collage of photos created by Ann Hill.

The Celtic Eye Art group paid tribute to the many who turned out on the day and had a special thanks to Mary Barber, who created a special art cake to coincide with the opening and Rosemary Carty's birthday.

The 'Strive 4 Life' exhibition continues in the Ballinasloe Library Gallery until October 1.