Group celebrating ten years of fun, friendship and appreciation of art

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MAY is part of the Bealtaine Festival, celebrating creativity as we age, and this week the West Cork Arts Center hosted a special lunch for people celebrating a program that has been running for 10 years for this purpose.

Declan Tiernan, President of the West Cork Arts Center, has launched an exhibition that includes poetry, an interactive installation, a group portrait of artist Maine Jellet and a selection of this year’s favorite paintings.

In his opening speech, Declan expressed the importance of the Arts for an Active Mind program to the organization.

“After twenty years of involvement in the Bealtaine festival, today is one of the most special,” he said.

Today we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Arts for an Active Mind, a dedicated and lively group of creative seniors who wake Uillinn up every week at 10 am on Monday morning to work with professional artist and group leader Paul Cialis, ”he said. .

Paul has been the host, along with other guest artists, from the start.

“Each person in the group taught me something important, it’s a fabulous atmosphere of support, creativity and dignity, did I mention it’s also a good laugh,” he said. .

The Arts for an Active Mind program is made up of 14 participants, who call themselves “The Early Birds”.

They meet weekly at the West Cork Arts Center to explore the possibilities of the visual arts. Each term, participants take on a new challenge to seek alternative approaches to apply the skills they are learning and to seek new ways to inform and inspire their work.

They go out, visit exhibitions, perform and bring their ideas and discussions back to the Monday morning sessions.

Lena Cronin of the Cork Education and Training Council, who has supported the program since its inception in 2005, recognized everyone’s accomplishments and the enduring value of these quality community and education programs.

The exhibition is currently on display at the West Cork Arts Center – Uillinn – in Skibbereen, and is part of Uillinn’s celebration of the Bealtaine festival.


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