The Blossom Art Exhibition is taking place this month in the Athy Heritage Centre. It was officially opened recently by Lesley Fennell, a local artist from Burtown House.
More than 45 paintings are on display by 20 different artists. They are professionally framed and range in price from E70 – E100. All of the artists are clients with physical disabilities who attend Firhouse Day Activity Centre (CRC).
The day centre caters provides a wide range of activities such as craft work, music and movement, jewellery making, quizzes, board games, social evenings and of course art therapy, all in a bright, warm, friendly and relaxed environment.
Attendance at the centre helps combat social isolation and maintains motivation and a sense of worth among its clients. Some clients have an acquired physical disability as a result of a stroke, brain injury or road traffic accident while for others it’s due to multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and for some clients it’s a congenital disability such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy.
The Blossom Art Group was established in September 2006. The group work in a self-directed manner, facilitated by the centre staff and with the support of professional art tutors. The tutors are funded by the VEC while course materials, outings to museums and art galleries are funded by the day activity centre.