‘Brushstrokes’ to host Christmas Art Exhibition

Established in 1996, Brushstrokes, County Longford’s longest-running art group, will host a Christmas Art Exhibition in Ballyleague Parish Hall this Saturday (18th) from 11 am to 5 pm.

The exhibition will be a display of the group’s work on canvas or paper in the medium of oils, acrylics and watercolours. Most work is framed, but some canvases are unframed. The work will be displayed on the walls of the foyer and front room of St. Mary’s Hall.

The group meets every week for two hours on Thursday evenings from 8.30 pm in St. Mary’s Hall.

  The aim of the group is to meet and create in a relaxed and supportive environment – it is not an art class, but a place to relax and explore your creative side, and where other members are always willing to offer advice. Painting and drawing, like other creative arts, are wonderful ways to engage the brain and relax at the same time.

The obligatory chat, tea and biscuits at half-time are an enormous help also. We welcome all levels and all media – for adults (over 18 years). It is a particularly important outing and meet-up for our older members who live alone. The group holds two exhibitions a year, at Christmas and during summer, we have outings to galleries, museums, and cultural places of interest. Brushstrokes also organise workshops with professional tutors

  This year has seen a significant increase in the rental cost of €20 per hour. The aim of the Christmas Exhibition each year is to afford members the opportunity to sell their work and for the community to buy local pieces. One painting is selected each year for raffle, with the ticket proceeds going to charity. This year the group hopes to support the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Members hope the outcome will be increased interest and support of local art, renewed confidence in ourselves and the opportunity to support IMNDA.