Tal­ented kids show­case art

Bray People - - News Focus - Deborah COLE­MAN

THE STU­DENTS and teach­ers at Sa­cred Heart Na­tional School, Aughrim were not found lack­ing in en­thu­si­asm this week when they staged a spe­cial fundrais­ing art ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­cite­ment was pal­pa­ble at the school on Wed­nes­day as th­ese young bud­ding artists saw their very own works un­veiled to the pub­lic on of­fi­cial dis­play.

Cel­e­brated artist Eoin O’Con­nor of­fi­cially opened the mag­nif­i­cent show which drew spec­ta­tors from across the re­gion.

Eoin gen­er­ously do­nated a lim­ited edi­tion print for auc­tion which fur­ther helped with the fundrais­ing.

‘The ex­hi­bi­tion is ab­so­lutely bril­liant. I have had a good look at the pic­tures and am very im­pressed with the fab­u­lous ideas and use of colour. I have at­tended many ex­hi­bi­tions in my time and this one ranks up with the best,’ he com­mented.

Ev­ery pupil had at least one framed paint­ing on dis­play in the school hall and the over­all ef­fect of 311 colour­ful pic­tures on dis­play stands was mag­i­cal and bore tes­ti­mony to the cre­ativ­ity and imagination of the chil­dren.

All framed pic­tures on show were avail­able to pur­chase by the fam­i­lies of each artist and were in keen de­mand with Christ­mas just around the cor­ner.

A grand to­tal in ex­cess of €1,700 was gath­ered and will pay for paint­ing games on the school­yard and will out­line the bas­ket­ball court.

Ac­cord­ing to Prin­ci­pal Bríd Owens the event was a won­der­ful one for all in­volved.

‘The buzz in the school all day was mem­o­rable. The pride and joy on the chil­dren’s faces when they saw their framed pic­ture on dis­play was plea­sure to ex­pe­ri­ence,’ she said.

Ms. Owens thanked the staff for help­ing the chil­dren pro­duce the pic­tures and also thanked ‘Im­ages’ who spe­cialise in stag­ing school art ex­hi­bi­tions.

Some of the gifted Sa­cred Heart artists proudly dis­play their work.

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