Bandon Art Group's exhibition a boost for local Society of St Vincent de Paul

Pictured at the launch of the Bandon Art group Christmas exhibition Bandon Art Group’s Christmas exhibition at the Mary Rose Café, Howard Court, Bandon. Proceeds from the coffee morning and raffle on the opening day went to the local conference for local distribution. (Photo: Denis Boyle)

 

By Leo McMahon

At a time when demands on the services of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) have never been higher, art can play an important role as demonstrated by Bandon Art Group’s Christmas exhibition at the Mary Rose Café, Howard Court, Bandon, where proceeds from the coffee morning and raffle on the opening day went to the local conference for local distribution.

The exhibition and sale of work, a percentage from the sale of which will also benefit the SVP, runs until the end of December, is a Yuletide delight and well worth viewing. Artists featured are Rose Barton, Douglas; Tish Canniffe, Freda Roycroft, Lynda Gray and Vera Hegarty, Bandon; Valerie Canty and Marianne Stuckey, Innishannon; Evelyn Draper, Ballinspittle; Sue Jacob, Kinsale; Marian Murphy, Ovens and Yvonne Ryves, Kilbrittain.

All works, which are reasonably priced and would make a Christmas gift to cherish, come in a range of media including oils, acrylic, watercolour and silk and several are reproduced into packs of greeting cards for all occasions which are also on sale.

Many flowers and plants are featured in the paintings as well as landscapes, seascapes still life featuring fruit and other items, all to be admired over a beverage and snack in the luxurious upper floor of the popular town centre café.

Bandon Art Group, which meets at the Parish Centre every Friday morning from 10am to noon always welcomes new members and enquiries can be made to 087-2266554.

Representing the SVP at the opening coffee morning were Moss Johnson, Margaret McSweeney, Breda Barrett and Marie Nordt. Margaret said the SVP Second Thoughts shop nearby at Weir Street is open Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm (closed from 1.30 to 2.30) and every Saturday from 10.30 to 1.30 and carries a wide range of quality clothing and gifts at bargain prices.

The SVP helpline telephone number is 086-8255092 and Margaret said that all proceeds from the coffee morning and store are used to benefit those most in need in the Bandon area. Thanks were also expressed by the art group and SVP to proprietor Mary Rose O’Donovan, Makgorzata Dubicka and staff of Mary Rose Café. Among those who attended the coffee morning were Rev Denis MacCarthy, Cllr Andrew Coleman and Anne Madden.

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