Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety col­lects Lovett award

SPE­CIAL OPERA FES­TI­VAL PRIZE IN MEM­ORY OF EMER

Wexford People - - WEXFORDNOTEBOOK -

AN OPERA Fes­ti­val art award has been es­tab­lished to hon­our the mem­ory of well­known Wex­ford woman Emer Lovett.

The first re­cip­i­ent of the Emer Lovett Art Prize is the Wex­ford Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety for an art project in­volv­ing peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia.

The So­ci­ety in­vited community artist He­len McClean to work with Alzheimer’s pa­tients in three day care cen­tres in Wex­ford.

The unique project re­sulted in an beau­ti­ful ex­hi­bi­tion of mosaics and paint­ings which first went on dis­play at the Blue Egg Gallery and is cur­rently show­ing at Fu­sion Cafe in Sel­skar.

Emer, a for­mer CEO of Wex­ford Cham­ber died of can­cer in De­cem­ber 2009 at the age of 38.

She loved art and cul­ture and es­pe­cially the Opera Fes­ti­val which was her favourite time of year in Wex­ford.

The in­au­gu­ral Emer Lovett Art Prize was pre­sented to Sheila Gal­lagher, co-or­di­na­tor of the Wex­ford Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety at a re­cep­tion in Spec­trum art shop in Sel­skar which spon­sored the award.

Mem­bers of Emer’s fam­ily in­clud­ing her mother Ber­nadette and her broth­ers Alestren and Kian at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion.

At an Art Award pre­sen­ta­tion hon­our­ing the late Emer Lovett to the Alzheimer’s group in Spec­trum’s Pig Yard Gallery were (from left): Alestren Lovett, He­len McLean, Tr­ish Robin­son, Kian Lovett, She­lia Gal­lagher, Alzheimer’s group, and Ber­nadette Lovett.

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